13 Nov 2018 15:40pm
REHOBOTH, 13 NOV (NAMPA) The Brave Warriors will have to be on top of their game on Saturday when they take on joint Group K leaders Guinea-Bissau in their penultimate 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier.
This was said by the coach of the senior national football team, Ricardo Mannetti in a statement issued Tuesday.
The Brave Warriors and Guinea-Bissau meet at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek at 16h00, with both sides on seven points in Group K. Victory for either side will take them to the Afcon finals, while a draw coupled with a win for either Mozambique or Zambia will throw the group wide open and will go down to the wire in the last and final round in March.
Namibia started off their quest for qualification on the losing side against Bissau last year and then drew with Zambia at home in August before taking six points off Mozambique in September.
Mannetti said Guinea-Bissau are a strong side that like to mix up their game and they are very good on the ball.
They are not top of the group by some fluke and they did not appear at the last Afcon by surprise. They know their business and we need to respect that and try to handle them and overcome that for our own cause, he said.
He added that the oppositions aerial strength will be something they need to contain on match day as Guinea-Bissau are known to be a very physical side.
This game will be defining for so many reasons and we will prepare thoroughly to make the nation proud, Mannetti was quoted as saying.
The coach further indicated that unavailable Wangu Gome will not be replaced as 26 players were called up and thus 25 are available, including the undecided Deon Hotto due to an injury and Riaan Hanamub, whose father died on Monday.
After Saturday, the Brave Warriors 2019 Afcon qualifier campaign will end in Zambia in March 2019.
The group winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 32nd edition of the Total Africa Cup of Nations to be played in Cameroon from 15 June to 13 July 2019.