WE all know the sacrifices that are being made by the senior national football team’s players as the national football body, the NFA, remains in a financial quandary. The Brave Warriors’ players continue to sacrifice in many ways to represent their country. In late 2017 head coach Ricardo Mannetti assembled a team of locally-based players without enough funds when preparing for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) held in Morocco early this year. The same fate is now facing the national side preparing to face Zambia this Saturday in the 2019 Afcon qualifiers. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the availability of funds facing the national side, players have demonstrated that the country comes first before anything else. In addition, having the likes of Willy Stephanus and Sadney Urikhob asking for forgiveness from Mannetti to be accorded an opportunity to represent their country is a gesture that shows patriotism from these players. Defined as an ideology of love and devotion to one’s homeland and a sense of alliance with other citizens, I think that players have done their part to show their patriotism to the country. It’s now up to football fans to come out in their masses to rally behind the Brave Warriors. Let’s emulate the turnout for the Dr Hage Geingob Cup’s clash between the Brave Warriors’ and the Zimbabwe Warriors, where thousands of Namibians showed up to support their team. What a memorable match that was! Folks from the capital city and surrounding towns packed the Sam Nujoma Stadium to the rafters. This certainly gave the players the added ammunition to dismiss Zimbabwe in an unbelievable fashion. This time around, we all need to rally behind the Brave Warriors to collect the needed points in these qualifier matches. Let us paint the Sam Nujoma Stadium red. As Mannetti has expressed recently, fans must paint their faces red and cheer the boys to victory. I’m confident that in the same manner as we clinched the Cosafa cup, Cosafa plate and qualified for the CHAN finals, nothing should stand in the way of the Brave Warriors qualifying for their third Afcon appearance. Although nothing is known about any incentives available to the players and the technical team, because of NFA’s financial quagmire, all we can do as ordinary citizens is to rally behind the boys 100%. Having the likes of Urikhob and Stephanus back in the fold, should give us reason to fill the stadium and let the boys entertain us to the best of their abilities. The fact that Mannetti has roped in former teammate Collin Benjamin, the former German- based international, could also bring some surprising twists to the Brave Warriors game. We still have to play Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and again Zambia next year in March. Despite the non-availability of international friendly matches as part of the preparations for team, I have faith that the Brave Warriors will put smiles on our faces come Saturday. Good luck boys!
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