Heroes' welcome for Brave Warriors

29 Jan 2018 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JAN (NAMPA) – The Brave Warriors arrived to a heroes' welcome at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Monday, following their participation at the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan) in Morocco.
The team touched down at 11h00 and were met by Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero.
Tjongarero was accompanied by Fred Mwiya, the chief administrator of the Namibia Sports Commission, and Deputy Director of Marginalised People and Women in Sports, Jo-Anne Manuel.
Speaking at the welcoming media conference at the airport, Tjongarero said the team had proven beyond doubt that they can compete with the best in Africa.
“All I can say is on behalf of the government of the Republic of Namibia and all Namibians, we welcome you back and say thank you very much for putting our name on the football map,” she said.
She noted that the team had gone into the competition on the background of not having had an active league.
Tjongarero stated that the team played well by beating African football powerhouse - Ivory Coast - and Uganda before drawing with Zambia.
“I am not disappointed, we are not disappointed and you all gave your best. Playing the host nation is always a challenge. You played so well. We are proud of you and are happy with the way you played,” Tjongarero said.
Team Manager, Jakes Amaning paid tribute to the fans for keeping the team in their prayers, saying without the support of the government, the team’s performance would have not been what it is.
“This is the whole country’s work. We worked together and the boys responded to that team work as well. Let’s continue supporting Namibian sports,” he concluded.
Team Coach, Ricardo Mannetti attributed the team’s performance to the players’ discipline, saying commitment and hard work had prevailed.
He explained that the players had sacrificed their Christmas and New Year’s holidays to train.
“This proves that nothing comes easy. You have to put in a lot of work. I am over the moon and I say thank you to the team,” said an emotional Mannetti.
About 70 Brave Warriors fans welcomed back the team.
Namibia bowed out of the 2018 Chan tournament on Saturday after losing 0-2 to host Morocco on Saturday, having beaten Ivory Coast and Uganda each by a 1-0 before drawing their last group game against Zambia 1-1.