24 May 2013 09:30
WINDHOEK, 24 MAY (NAMPA) - Brave Warriors? coach Roger Palmgren is worried that little training time for his squad could rob them of a good performance in Saturday?s international friendly match against Zambia at the Sam Nujoma Stadium here.
Palmgren, 50, announced his 27-man squad on Monday, and the players began training on Wednesday.
Speaking to Nampa on Friday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium during the team?s third and last training session, the gaffer said the players are of good quality.
?The players look very good, but training together for only three sessions before a match will not help any coach, not even Sir Alex Ferguson (former coach of English football club, Manchester United),? he stressed.
According to Palmgren, they only worked on tactical aspects, and he cannot yet make a proper judgment on who are the best players since the time was not enough to study them well.
The Swedish-born coach said by the end of Friday?s training session, he will know who to include in the game, and for how many minutes they will each play.
The MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) final round on Sunday, which most players are involved in, is the main challenge.
?These are the same players who will play in the league on Sunday, and I cannot make them play full-time in the game, otherwise it will ruin their performances on Sunday,? he noted.
Although the coach was hesitant to disclose the system he would use in the field on Saturday, he said playing with four defenders and other strategies while defending will be the best option.
The match starts at 19h00.