11 Nov 2015 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 11 NOV (NAMPA) - Brave Warriors striker Benson Shilongo has reiterated the importance of scoring goals when his team faces Guinea in their 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier clash on Thursday.
Namibia will play Guinea in the second round of the 2018 International Federation of Football Associations (Fifa) World Cup preliminary qualifiers in Windhoek.
The matches will be played on a home and away basis, with the first game scheduled for Thursday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium 16h00.
The return match will be played on 17 November in Morocco, which is currently being used by Guinea as their home ground is off limits due to the Ebola outbreak in their country.
In its first-round World Cup preliminary match in October this year, Namibia beat Gambia 3-2 on aggregate. They first drew 1-1 in Gambia and then Namibia won 2-1 on the return leg in Windhoek to qualify for the second round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Shilongo said the time has come for the senior national team to test their strength with opponents who are ranked higher than themselves.
We are looking forward to this game and as a team we are ready for Guinea despite them having players that are based in Europe and their team being ranked higher than us on the FIFA ranking.
We want positive results at home. When we travel to Morocco for the return leg, we want to at least be leading on aggregate and then finish off the game that side since we will be playing on neutral ground, said Shilongo.
Guinea is currently ranked 53rd in the global rankings by FIFA, while Namibia is ranked 118.
Namibia and Guinea have already played against each other twice in the 1994/95 African Nations Cup (Afcon) qualifiers.
Namibia lost once, and the other match ended in a draw.
Senior national team captain, Ronald Katjijere also told this news agency that the team is ready and they will fight for better results on Thursday.
We are looking forward to a win when we step onto the field. We have been playing well recently and if we do better than we did against Gambia then I dont see a problem with us going to the next round of the qualifiers.
Defensively, all we have to do is not concede a goal since we have been doing well at the back in our recent games. I also just want to call on the fans to come in numbers to support the team, he said.