21 May 2015 09:30am
By Hesron Kapanga
SUN CITY, 21 MAY (NAMPA) Namibian defender Chris Katjiukua is a doubt starter for the Brave Warriors in its last group game at the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup with Zimbabwe.
Namibia will play Zimbabwe in their last game of the group stages on Thursday at 16h00 Namibian time (GMT +1).
The senior national footballer injured his shoulder while playing for the Brave Warriors in its second group game of the competition with Mauritius on Tuesday.
National team sport medic Donatha Ngunovandu told Nampa Wednesday that she is working around the clock to see the player into the game on Thursday.
We were at the hospital on Tuesday night where the player went through tests and as it stands, he could have been ruled out for the entire tournament but I am confident he might be ready for the game. This boy is a fighter. He wants to get well and be on the field fighting for his nation, stated Ngunovandu.
Other players who are also carrying slight injuries are Deon Hotto, who is nursing a slight groin injury while Benson Shilongo is nursing muscle pains he sustained in the Mauritius clash.
Despite players carrying slight injuries, the team spirit is still high and veteran defender Willem Mwedihanga told this agency on Wednesday that they have a big squad of players who can step up and fight for the team.
It is challenging to play three games in five days and people usually start having injuries as the games are intense, but we are ready to challenge whoever we play. Players being injured can also give opportunities to those not selected in the first eleven, said Mwedihanga.
He added that the team is not under any pressure when they step onto the field to take on Zimbabwe in their do-or-die clash.
We need the three points when we take on Zimbabwe but we are not putting ourselves under any pressure because if we dont focus, we might end up making unnecessary mistakes that might cost us the game, he stated
Zimbabwe is currently top of the group with six points while Namibia is second in the group with four points after drawing its first and then winning on Tuesday.
For Namibia to go through to the next round of the competition, it has to beat Zimbabwe in their last game of Group A.