'We are going to fight back in Zambia': Kanalelo

01 Jul 2015 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JUL (NAMPA) – Brave Warriors assistant coach Ronny Kanalelo is ready to win his away game in Zambia.
Kanalelo is currently the caretaker coach of the senior national football team after the resignation of head coach Ricardo Mannetti last month.
Mannetti quit as head coach of the Brave Warriors with immediate effect last month after the team returned from its Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier match against Niger, which the Brave Warriors lost 0-1.
Kanalelo took over as caretaker coach in Namibia's first leg of the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers at home against Zambia.
The Brave Warriors beat Zambia’s Chipolopolo 2-1.
The team will on Thursday leave for Zambia for the return leg of that clash with the hope of going through to the next round where they will meet the winner between Mozambique and Seychelles.
Kanalelo told Nampa on Tuesday the team is ready and they are going to Zambia with only one mission - going through to the next round of the competition.
“We know when we get to Zambia we will find a team that is well prepared to play us. We are not going to take this game lying down because we are going there to win.
“If Zambia comes on us punching, we will also punch back hard because we are currently not prepared to be eliminated out of these qualifiers,” he said.
He added that the players already know what is expected of them and he is happy with the way they have been performing at training.
“The team has been in camp since the Cosafa Cup and at this stage I am happy with their commitment and work ethics. In Zambia we are going to face players and big numbers of supporters who will cheer for their team to go through but we are ready for all that,” he said.
Ahead of the team’s trip to Zambia, only Sadney Urikhob was a doubt with an ankle injury, but the team was expecting to hear from the doctors ahead of their departure.
Willy Stephanus, one of the goal scorers in their first qualifier, was excused from the team as he had to attend trials in Thailand.