THE Brave Warriors have been having a tough time lately, following the highs of the their maiden Confederation of Southern African Football Association (Cosafa) Castle Cup win in 2015 and their Cosafa Cup Plate Final triumph against South Africa last year.
During this year’s edition of the tournament, which ended last Sunday, the national team lost against Lesotho in the quarterfinals and against hosts South Africa in the Plate Final.
However, it is now time to focus squarely on this Sunday’s 2018 African Championship of Nations (CHAN) qualifier against Zimbabwe, who won the 2017 Cosafa Cup, after defeating Zambia.
The Brave Warriors Technical Committee, under the tutelage of coach Ricardo ‘Bucksy’ Mannetti, and his second in command Ronny ‘The Magnet’ Kanalelo, are now faced with the daunting task of turning around the fortunes of the team.
Over the past three years, many showered the Brave Warriors with the praise they deserved, but now is not the time for fair weather fans.
It takes character and conviction to achieve on the international stage, and the Brave Warriors are trying, despite the country’s premier league being dormant, and the administration of football being haunted and rattled by incompetence.
We still believe that despite all odds, the boys can definitely do us proud.
The current crop of players who will play against Zimbabwe knows what is at stake, and the Sam Nujoma Stadium is renowned for being slaughterhouse for opposing teams. Our boys must focus on delivering, so they can make the nation happy.
I know that the boys are not deterred by the newly-crowned Cosafa Castle Cup champions, and I am confident that they will take the bull by its horns.
Football lovers must fill the Sam Nujoma Stadium to the brink, and bring the best out of our Brave Warriors, so that they can easily maul the visiting Zimbabweans. The neighbouring State’s fans are also known loud and proud when supporting their national team, and they will undoubtedly rally behind their side.
Having said that, the Brave Warriors have home advantage, and come Sunday we will surely give the visiting side a run for their money.
Having watched the Cosafa Cup Plate Final against South Africa, I must say that we were unfortunate, because we did not capitalise on the chances we created. Surely, against Zimbabwe, we can create chances and dominate the game, provided that the players follow Mannetti’s instructions.
I personally don’t think that there will be any excuses for a poor performance, given that the boys have been exposed to three matches, in which we played Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa in the Cosafa Cup. Our boys can definitely stand the heat in the kitchen, come Sunday.
I have my confidence in Loydt Kazapua, who will guard our goalposts, and the likes of Riaan !Hanamub, who has been delivering some brilliant crosses lately, as well as in Itamunua Keimune, who is displaying some foxy moves.
Let the boys use our home ground advantage to its fullest, and even a win by a solitary goal will make the nation happy. If we beat Zimbabwe this Sunday, and go on to triumph over them in their own backyard on 23 July, we will either face Lesotho or Comoros. We should, therefore, work towards an opportunity for the Brave Warriors to avenge their loss against Lesotho in the Cosafa Cup, but first we have to take care of Zimbabwe.
I don’t agree with Namibia Football Association (NFA) spokesperson Dan Kamati, who called the Brave Warriors the underdogs ahead of the Zimbabwe clash. They may be the current Cosafa Cup champions, but we are the 2015 champions. Perhaps it is because Zimbabwe’s domestic league is active, while ours is still in limbo, due to ongoing funding woes, that we are now seen as underdogs.
Irrespective of this, let the diehard supporters paint their faces red this weekend, in support of the Brave Warriors!
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