Warriors determined to control destiny

16 May 2014 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 16 MAY (NAMPA) - The Congo-Brazzaville football team arrived in the capital on Thursday, ahead of their clash against Namibia’s Brave Warriors here on Saturday.
The Congolese players started their first training session at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday morning in anticipation of the 2015 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Nations’ Cup first-leg qualifier match, scheduled for the same venue.
They were initially expected here on Wednesday, but only touched-down on Thursday, and reside at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino.
Meanwhile, Brave Warriors’ coach Ricardo Mannetti will reveal his final 18 players on Friday.
Approached for the final list of Namibian players this morning, Mannetti told Nampa that it is a tough decision to make, but he will make the announcement later in the day.
Kick-off time for the match is 16h00, and entrance fee is N.dollars 40.
In the meantime, the Brave Warriors have promised to go all out to score the most important goals in the first leg of the qualifiers against the visitors.
In a statement from the Namibian Football Association (NFA) on Thursday, Brave Warriors’ defender Willem Mwedihanga was quoted as saying that the players are positive about a good result on Saturday.
“It has been a very long week for us. Our coaches have worked hard on various tactics which we need to execute on match-day, and the players are responding very well to this call.
We have agreed as players that come Saturday, we need to get a good result because we need it, and our supporters deserve it as well,” he stated.
The former Tigers’ defender, who now plies his trade at Amazulu Football Club in South Africa, added that vocal support for the team will be vital in their quest to achieve the most sought-after result from the first leg.
“We need our people to come and show us love, and push us to a good result. We can make mistakes, but we can only improve with their support.
But, they can also break us down if they make it difficult for us. The pressure is already too much, and a bit of patience and support will definitely do the team some good,” stated Mwedihanga.
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