09 Sep 2014 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 09 SEP (NAMPA) - Brave Warriors captain Ronald Ketjijere says he is happy with the team's work rate ahead of the friendly match against Swaziland at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Wednesday.
He is one of a few senior players included in the Namibian team against Swaziland. The bulk of the players are under-23 (U-23) years old.
The match will commence at 20h00 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday after the morning training session, Ketjijere said he is happy with the commitment the young players are putting in.
The boys are doing well. They are youngsters, so in the beginning they were a bit nervous, but at the moment they are working well and have adapted to the tempo of the senior national team, he said.
Ketjijere added that the senior players are guiding the U-20s and U-23s players who have been called up for the first time to the senior team.
We are at the moment having a great atmosphere in the camp. Having young players in the camp is very rewarding, because we now have an opportunity to tell these upcoming players the importance of taking football seriously and to make a living out of it.
We also have an opportunity to advise them on what it means to wear the national jersey at senior level, stated Ketjijere.
National under-23 captain Wangu Gomes seconded Ketjijeres comments, saying it is really motivating to have junior and senior team players together in camp.
Being in camp with the senior players puts pressure on us as juniors, but it is also rewarding as they always advise us on what to do and what not to do, said Gomes.
He added that it will be an honour and privilege if he gets selected to play against Swaziland, as it will give him a chance to earn his second cap for the senior national team.
Assistant national team coach Mohammed Ouseb said their plan is coming together, and rubbished fears of some people that the youngsters might experience stage-freight.
We have a plan for Wednesday night and the boys are getting it so far. We have spoken to the senior guys to make it as comfortable for the lads as possible. They are all pushing hard for places and things are turning out well at the moment, said Ouseb.
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