Brave Warriors’ main focus for now reaching CHAN quarter-finals

04 Jan 2018 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 04 JAN (NAMPA) – The Brave Warriors’ focus at the moment is on getting out of the group stages of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) and reaching the quarter-finals, team captain Ronald Ketjijere has said.
Ketjijere spoke to Nampa on Wednesday about their plans for the Confederation of African Football competition slated for 12 January to 04 February in Morocco.
“We are just going to do the basics that will make us win games because we do not have to prove anyone wrong. What we need to do as a team is get the necessary points that will take us out of the group stages,” the senior national football team’s captain said.
He added that winning two games in the group stages will be their main target and if they reach the next round of the competition, they will take it one game at a time.
Brave Warriors head coach Ricardo Mannetti has named his final 23-man squad that will represent the country at the tournament and Ketjijere said despite some players not making the final squad, the spirit in the camp is still high.
“The morale is very high. It’s unfortunate that some of the guys did not make the cut, I also feel for them, but competition in the team was high as everybody worked hard,” he said.
The Brave Warriors’ CHAN campaign kicks off against Ivory Coast in Marrakech on 14 January. On 18 January, still in Marrakech, they take on Uganda before completing their final group game against Zambia in Casablanca on 22 January, with the top two teams advancing to the quarter-finals.
The 23 Brave Warriors for CHAN 2018 are:
Edward Maova, Charles Uirab, Loydt Kazapua, Ferdinand Karongee, Tiberius Lombard, Charles Hambira, Edmund Kambanda, Dynamo Fredericks, Hendrick Somaeb, Petrus Shitembi, Benyamin Nenkavu, Ronald Ketjijere, Emilio Martin, Absalom Iimbondi, Roger Katjiteo, Kleopas Useb, Vitapi Ngaruka, Panduleni Nekundi, Junias Theophilus, Riaan Hanamub, Oswaldo Xamseb, Itamunua Keimuine and Himeezembi Hengombe.