… Warriors poised to stun hosts Morocco in CHAN quarterfinal
By John Tuerijama
HAVING restored the pride of a nation, Brave Warriors now stand on the cusp of stunning 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) hosts and favourites, Morocco, in the quarterfinals of the tournament, and local pundits say they have the confidence and ability to do just that.
After securing a 1-1 draw against Zambia on Monday night, Namibia ended second in Group B and will now have to confront the hosts in Casablanca on Saturday, in front of a partisan crowd, and with 35 million Moroccans watching in the comfort of their homes.
Football analyst Isak Hamata said that Morocco is the host nation and millions of Moroccans will be behind the Atlas Lions, as the home side is popularly known as.
“The environmental factors alone are counting against Namibia. But we are not called the Brave Warriors for nothing. The players can turn the situation around. Coach Ricardo Mannetti was smart to enter the tournament with the underdog status. That has helped to keep the Namibian camp composed and relaxed, with little pressure to perform miracles. The quarterfinals is a do or die match, there is no next match to talk about, like in the group stages. Mannetti deployed a cautious, if not defensive strategy in the first three group matches, and I suspect things will be different against Morocco,” Hamata said.
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