07 Sep 2013 03:40
WINDHOEK, 07 SEP (NAMPA) The Brave Warriors are ready for Sunday's match against Kenya at the Moi International Sports Centre in Nairobi.
Although the Namibian national football team already lost their chance to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next year, they must still defend their pride.
Speaking just before the teams departure to Kenya earlier this week, Brave Warriors' coach Ricardo Mannetti told Nampa he is impressed with his team which will be playing against the Harambee Stars - Kenyas national team.
We are not taking this game lightly. We want to get a good result at the end of the day when we go to Kenya, and that is the aim for this specific week. We want to play well, we want to defend well, we will attack well, and the results will take care of themselves, he said during an interview at the Independence Stadium in the capital during a practice session.
Mannetti added that Namibian football is not blessed with a lot of players like other countries because of its small population, and the fact that the local football front loses players due to injuries makes it even more difficult. The coach was referring to team captain Da Costa Angula, who has been nursing an injury for the past four months.
Replacing such players is not easy, Mannetti indicated.
Kick-off time for Sundays match is 15h00 local time.
The local squad is:
Goal keepers: Ephraim Tjihonge, Virgil Vries and Max Mbaeva.
Defenders: Larry Horaeb, Chris Katjiukua, Willem Mwedihanga, Da Costa Angula, Pekka Hamukwaya, Freedom Puriza, and Dennis Tjetinda.
Midfielders: Denzil Haoseb, Ananias Gebhardt, Neville Tjiueza, Emilio Martin, Marco van Wyk, Petrus Shitembi, Willy Stephanus, Riaan Cloete, Heinrich Isaacks, and Deon Hotto.
Strikers: Jerome Louis, Pineas Jacob and Sadney Urikhob.