‘We will not put ourselves under pressure at Afcon’: Ketjijere

20 Jun 2019 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 20 JUN (NAMPA) – The Brave Warriors are not going to put themselves under any pressure as they prepare to compete in the continent’s biggest football event, team captain Ronald Ketjijere said.
The national senior football team, who had a two-week training camp in Dubai, is currently in Egypt where they will be competing in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals scheduled for 21 June to 19 July 2019.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Ketjijere said as a team they stand a very good chance of doing well at the event.
“Going into the competition we are not going to put pressure on ourselves as a team because we are underdogs based on the rankings and all that, therefore we have nothing to lose,” said Ketjijere.
He echoed that their main goal is to enjoy themselves while competing in the continent’s biggest football showpiece.
The captain added that despite having an emotional day when the 23-man squad was announced by head coach Ricardo Mannetti, the team prepared well while in Dubai.
“There were some emotions, upset faces and it was an awkward feeling when the team was announced, but it’s part of the game as only 23 players were supposed to make the final team for Egypt.”
He said some players were upset to see that some of their teammates that have been with the team for some time and who played the qualifiers, did not make the cut.
“But we got over that; we are now looking forward to the competition,” he added.
The captain said Manfred Starke and Ryan Nyambe, who are the new additions to the team, have adjusted very well and did well during training. They also understand the team dynamics and what is expected of them.
The Brave Warriors will play Morocco on 23 June and South Africa on 28 June at Al Salam Stadium, while their last group game against Ivory Coast on 01 July will take place at the Cairo International Stadium.