“We will bring our A-game against Botswana”: Ketjijere

05 Oct 2017 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 05 OCT (NAMPA) – Namibia’s senior national football team captain, Ronald Ketjijere said they are ready to prove a point when they take on Botswana at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday.
Ketjijere is one of 23 players named by Brave Warriors Coach Ricardo Mannetti on Tuesday for the international friendly, which will be used as preparation for their participation in the African Nations Championship (Chan) finals early next year.
Despite their poor record against Botswana, Ketjijere is confident the team is ready to prove a point in front of its home supporters.
“Going into this game we know it’s going to be a revenge game against Botswana, who knocked us out of the Cosafa Cup as defending champions when we hosted the games here in 2016,” Ketjijere told Nampa on Thursday.
The last time Namibia registered a win against Botswana was in 1996, when they recorded 6-0 in an African Nations Cup qualifier match at the Independence Stadium.
The two nations have faced each other 19 times, with Botswana winning eight times and Namibia only three times. They drew eight times.
Ketjijere added that physically the team is fit but the players lack match fitness.
“It has been tough on everybody for not having an active league in the country for over a year now, but I am happy the Namibia Football Association brought in a biokineticist who has been keeping us fit for all our games,” said Ketjijere, referring to Charl Botha.
He said all of them are looking forward to impressing the coach so they can be included in the final squad that will compete in the Chan competition.
Ketjijere called on the nation to support the Brave Warriors.
The match kicks off at 16h00.