08 Aug 2018 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 08 AUG (NAMPA) South African-based Namibian striker Peter Shalulile remains a doubt for the Brave Warriors clash against Zambia on 08 September at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the capital.
According to a press release availed to Nampa by the Namibia Football Association on Wednesday, Shalulile, who plays for the recently promoted Highlanders Park Football Club in the South African Premier Soccer League, suffered an ankle injury towards the end of last season.
The injury kept him out of the 2018 Council of Southern African Football Associations tournament in Polokwane, South Africa in June.
Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti said he is sweating on the fitness of the star striker.
The press statement added that the Brave Warriors will host Zambia on 08 September in their crucial 2019 Confederation of African Football Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match in Windhoek.
We take this game seriously and we remain focused but our plans might be derailed as [Shalulile] is still a doubt and might not be back on time for that match. He is and has been very important for our cause thus far but this is football and we need to accept whatever and plan differently, Mannetti said.
The coach added that he has been working with local-based players for the past weeks ahead of the Zambia clash and indicated that he is content with the feedback from the players.
The boys are really pushing themselves hard and they understand that a place in the AFCON qualifiers team is on the line and they are putting in their best as expected. That is very impressive and kind of makes it easy to work with them because they have that personal motivation to get into the team, explained Mannetti.
Namibia is in Group K alongside Zambia, Mozambique and Guinea.
After the Zambia game, the Brave Warriors will play two matches (home and away) with Mozambique between 08 to 16 October 2018.
The Warriors will then host Guinea in Windhoek, before travelling to Zambia for their last match in the AFCON qualifying stages.
Mozambique currently heads the group with three points, while Guinea, also on three points, is in second position. Namibia and Zambia are third and fourth respectively with no points after losing their opening games.
The 2019 AFCON will take place in Cameroon from 07 to 30 June next year.