WINDHOEK, 07 OCT (NAMPA) -
The captain of the senior national football team, Ronald Ketjijere says the team will stick to its possession football strategy in its 2018 International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) World Cup preliminary round. Namibia will play Gambia in Banjul on Friday.
A statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday by Namibia Football Association (NFA) quotes the captain as saying the Brave Warriors will make hay in their plot of achieving a positive start to their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers when they play Gambia in the crucial preliminary round first leg match in Banjul.
"The lads are pumped up and the response is great going into the match on Friday. Everyone is up for the game. This is a game we need to start well and we will go out to hunt for victory. That is the ultimate aim for this team. We want good results by the second leg in Windhoek," said Ketjijere.
The 18-men Brave Warriors team called up last week is now in Banjul for the all-important match and the University of Pretoria Football Club player adds that the Brave Warriors will also adopt an offensive approach to the game as they will go all out to put the opposition under pressure.
"We will play our normal pressing game, try to keep possession and create chances and try by all means to score goals as well. We have been playing well in Africa but we don't score and the team understands what is at stake now. ?We are going into this game with a clear aim of getting the goals once we get into their final third," he stated Ketjijere.
Namibia will play its return leg of the 2018 World Cup qualifier on 13 October at the Sam Nujoma Stadium. The Brave Warriors were last active on 05 September when they lost 0-2 to Senegal in the 2017 African Nations Cup (Afcon) qualifiers.
The squad for the match in Gambia is as follows: Virgil Vries; Maximilian Mbaeva; Chris Katjiukua; Willem Mwedihanga; Benyamin Nenkavu; Hendrik Somaeb; Denzil Haoseb; Dennis Ngueza; Ananias Gebhardt; Willy Stephanus; Benson Shilongo; Wangu Gome; Deon Hotto; Ronald Ketjijere; Heinrich Isaacks; Joslin Kamatuka; Petrus Shitembi; and Absalom Iimbondi. (NAMPA) HK/CT/AS