Rukoro calls on Namibians to rally behind Brave Warriors

17 Jan 2018 16:30pm
By Hesron Kapanga
MARRAKECH, 17 JAN (NAMPA) – Namibia Football Association Secretary-General Barry Rukoro has called on Namibians to forget their differences and rally behind the Brave Warriors during the African Nations Championship (Chan).
“The time is gone were we have to blame each other for the failure of Namibian football,” Rukoro said in an interview with Nampa at the team’s hotel in Marrakech, Morocco on Tuesday.
He said Namibians must support the players as they are representing the country at one of the biggest continental competitions.
“Chan is the second biggest continental competition after the Africa Cup of Nations and the boys are prepared to die for their country, therefore my plea to you is to support the boys,” he said.
Rukoro added that the team is about to mature, which means they are ready for “big things”, but they will need the support of every individual, including corporate Namibia, if they are to thrive.
“We have a team of young players who are on the verge of doing our country proud. They became the first team to win a game at a continental championship, something which we did not do in 1998 and 2008,” Rukoro said.
He added that he is hopeful that the team will be ready when they face Uganda on Thursday.
“I hope they will do the job so that when we face Zambia in the final group game, we will be relaxed having assured our qualification to the next round,” he said.
The Brave Warriors are in Group B alongside Ivory Coast, Uganda and Zambia. They are currently second on the log, level on three points with group leader Zambia, who beat Uganda 3-1 at the same stadium Sunday night.
Their match against Uganda Thursday night will be played at 21h30, Namibian time.