Warriors must win-Kaanjuka - Submitted by NFA mediaofficer on Mon, 2013-03-18
The Brave Warriors will have to win the encounter against Malawi on Saturday or jeopardise their 2014 World Cup CAF Group F campaign.
These are the sentiments of Coach Bernard Kaanjuka who stress that the Brave Warriors match on Saturday at 17h00, Independence Stadium against the Flames of Malawi is very crucial for the future of Namibia in the race for Brazil 2014.
“We have to win this one, no draws, or defeat will be accepted. We have to map out our own destiny. We don’t need favours from anyone in this Group and we don’t know and don’t want to know what happens between Nigeria and Kenya in the other group match. So we have to do our job and do it well. That is the deal at the moment” says Kaanjuka.
The team had their first training session this morning at DTS in Windhoek and will have their afternoon session at 17h00 at the same venue and for the next two days and on Thursday they will move over to the Independence Stadium at the same times as well.
“The session this morning was very light. You don’t want to push the players much, they just played over the weekend and it is very important to take it easy at times”, explains Kaanjuka.
The team will however be without the services of Blue Waters enterprising winger Hendrick Somaeb, who is ruled out with an injury sustained over Waters goalless draw with Tigers on Saturday in the MTC Premiership.
“Hendrick is out and we will have to make a decision whether to call up someone else or just do with what we have. Otherwise, Ephraim Tjihonge too is missing and I have no idea when he is coming and the Thailand pair of Tangeni Shipahu and Lazarus Kaimbi arrives today and Manfred (Starke) arrives tomorrow. So far it looks good for the technical team to have all players called up around” Kaanjuka says.
The match tickets are available on Computicket and NFA Soccer House for N$ 30 each and fans are urged to get them as soon as possible and come out in numbers to support the Brave Warriors.
Here is the current 23 players: Arnold Subeb( Black Africa FC), Virgil Vries (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Efriam Tjihonge (Milano United, South Africa), Willem Mwedihanga (Amazulu, South Africa), Larry Horaeb (Ramblers FC), Da Costa Angula (Black Africa FC), Denzil Haoseb (Black Africa FC), Tiberius Lombard (Tura Magic FC), Jamunovandu Ngatjizeko (African Stars FC), Ananias Gebhardt, (Tigers FC), Willy Stephanus( Black Africa FC), Petrus Shitembi (University of Pretoria, South Africa), Ronald Ketjijere (University of Pretoria, South Africa) Bryan Bantam (Black Africa FC), Sadney Urikhob (Civics FC), Emilio Martin (Ramblers FC) ,Manfred Starke (Hansa Rostock, Germany), Neville Tjiueza (Tura Magic FC), Lazarus Kaimbi (Otsotspa FC, Thailand), Tangeni Shipahu (Otsotspa FC, Thailand), Rudolf Bester (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Henrico Botes (Platinum Stars FC, South Africa), Pineas Jacob (Tigers FC).