31 May 2016 07:10am
WINDHOEK, 31 MAY (NAMPA) - Brave Warriors defender Da Costa Angula is confident the current senior football team will do well in its Afcon qualifying match on Saturday.
Namibia will play Niger at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Round Five of the 2017 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.
Namibia is currently third in Group K, level on three points with Niger who is bottom of the group. Senegal is top of the log on 12 points, while Burundi is second in the group with six points.
Namibia lost 0-1 against Niger in the first-round qualifier match in June 2015 in Niamey.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday during their training session, Angula, who has been missing from the national team for a year due to injury, said experience gained throughout the years of representing the national team will help him motivate young players.
I have been working hard to come back to the national team and I am happy to be back to represent my nation.
We have a big number of local-based players who have not represented the national team before, but with my experience from the Premier Soccer League (PSL) in South Africa and the times I have represented the national team I will be able to encourage the young players to get good results in the Niger game and in the Cosafa Cup, he said confidently.
Namibia will defend its Cosafa Cup in Windhoek from 11 to 25 June.
Another PSL player, Wangu Gome, said he is ready to do well for his country.
Gome has not played for the senior national team in the last two games against Burundi due to a lack of game time at his club.
I have been working extra hard off the field and I am happy to be back in the national team. We have a good squad that can do well.
Personally, I am ready to represent the country. All I will do now is work hard and everything will work itself out, he stated.