We are not scared of Morocco: Ketjijere

27 Jan 2018 10:30am
By Hesron Kapanga
CASABLANCA, 27 JAN (NAMPA) - Brave Warriors captain Ronald Ketjijere has reiterated the team’s desire to upset the host nation when the two teams meet in the quarter-finals of the African Nations Championships (CHAN) on Saturday.
Morocco and Namibia will meet at the Mohammed V stadium in Casablanca, at 18h30 Namibian time.
Speaking at a media conference here on Friday, Ketjijere said they are not scared of the host nation because they have prepared well for them.
“We are not worried about individual players, we are ready for whoever comes our way and we will deal with them then. We are a team and we will continue to play as one,” he said.
The captain added that there is pressure after the team did well in the group stages as the expectations are high for them to progress to the semi-finals of the competition.
Speaking at the same occasion, Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti said it will be 11 players against 11 players on the field and he is positive that if they concentrate on their tactics, they can upset the host nation.
“I am not a coach who dwells in the past. Our goal is to do our best while at the same time hoping to upset Morocco, so we reach the semi-finals. We are not undermining or disrespecting them, but anything is possible as it will be my players against them on the field,” he said.
Mannetti added that they will play their best game going forward and defend well.
“We came here as underdogs, I said in our first press conference that even an underdog has small teeth.
“We have showcased in our group games thus far that we can adapt to any style of football when our backs are against the wall. We will choose the right approach so we can get the results since this is a knockout stage,” he said.
If Namibia wins against Morocco they will reach the semi-finals, which will guarantee them a spot to play for silverware in the competition.