Brave Warriors lifted by arrival of supporters in Zambia

22 Mar 2019 18:20pm
REHOBOTH, 22 MAR - (NAMPA) – Lifted by the arrival of supporters in Lusaka for their Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Zambia on Saturday, the Brave Warriors are in a buoyant mood for the match that will seal qualification should they avoid defeat.
The supporters who welcomed the team at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport Thursday night included Ambassador Siyave Haindongo and his staff, as well as FIFA Normalisation Committee Deputy Chairperson Franco Cosmos.
The Brave Warriors are set to take on Chipolopolo at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka at 18h30 on Saturday.
A media release issued on Friday said coach Ricardo Mannetti has given his assurance that the team has what it takes to get the desired result against the host.
“I have been with this team for some years now and some players have worked with me since their youth days and we have been doing well in the last four years,” Mannetti was quoted as saying.
He said the players were inspired by the surprise that awaited them at the airport in Zambia and are motivated, seeing this number of people and knowing that more will turn up on Saturday means a lot.
“For the first time, the team is welcomed by so many people at an airport in a foreign country and this can only motivate the boys,” the coach said.
Brave Warriors captain Roland Ketjijere said the many happy people they saw at the airport are pushing them to do well on Saturday.
“We know the work to be done and we remain focused not to disappoint them,” he said.
The team consists of 26 players from which 18 will be drawn to play on Saturday. They will have to avoid defeat to secure a berth at the 2019 Afcon finals in Egypt from 21 June to 19 July.