… As team prepares to honour late mascot Robbie, by defeating Comoros
By John Tuerijama
A huge crowd is expected at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Sunday, when the Brave Warriors face the Comoros in a do-or-die battle to qualify for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Kenya.
If the Brave Warriors manage to overturn a 1-2 defeat in the first leg, they will play in the CHAN finals for the very first time next year.
They grabbed a crucial away goal last weekend in the Comoros, which augurs well for the home leg, while they will have the added motivation of playing for late football mascot, Robson ‘Robbie’ Savage, to whom Sunday’s match has been dedicated.
Also pushing the Warriors toward a handsome win will be a partisan crowd, which will hopefully fill the Sam Nujoma Stadium to the rafters, and cheer them to victory.
The Comoros team is expected to land at the Hosea Kutako International Stadium tomorrow, as they prepare to face the Warriors in a stadium that has become a slaughterhouse for visiting sides.
Brave Warriors team manager, Tim Isaacs, told Confidente that the islanders from the East African coastline will arrive tomorrow, while emphasising the importance of the match for the Warriors and the country.
The Namibia Football Association (NFA) announced last month that the match will be played in tribute of Robbie, who was laid to rest in July, after he died in the Katutura State Hospital.
Robbie was for over three decades the Warriors biggest supporter, and his death unleashed an outpouring of grief across the country’s sporting fraternity.
He was also a huge supporter of other sport codes, including boxing.
Isaacs said that Namibians should come out in their droves on Sunday, to celebrate Robbie’s colourful life.
Brave Warriors assistant coach, Ronnie Kanalelo, said it is important for Namibians to get 100 percent behind their team for the Comoros clash.
He said the objective has also been to qualify for the CHAN finals, but this can only happen, if the nation rallies behind the team.
“We need the fans to come out in their numbers to the Sam Nujoma Stadium. We know what it takes to qualify for the 2018 CHAN competition, and we must win at all cost,” said Kanalelo.
The assistant coach said the fact the match will serve as a tribute to Robbie, was very important.
“We know that if Robbie been alive, he would have accompanied the boys to Nairobi next year, as he had done in the past, during previous continental competitions.
The Warriors line-up for the Comoros is expected to remain relatively unchanged from the first leg, with only defenders Riaan Hanumub and Teberius Lombard expected to miss the crucial encounter.
They have both been suspended.
The match is expected to kickoff at 15h00, and fans will pay a mere N$30 to see the mouth-watering encounter live.
Tickets are available at Shoprite and Checkers Computicket outlets countrywide.
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