Rikus Grobler | Feb 8, 2018 | 0
Brave Warriors display gives hope – Congo
The Brave Warriors’ 3-1 thumping of Zimbabwe over the weekend gives the nation hope as they prepare to compete in the upcoming Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) finals in Morocco, said Congo Hindjou on the NFA website.
Hindjou, who was among the hordes of Namibians that joined President Hage Geingob for the 2017 Dr. Hage Geingob Cup international friendly match between the Brave Warriors and the Warriors of Zimbabwe, reckons the team is ready to play at CHAN in January.
“On Saturday, that performance was so impressive that it reminded of the good old days when our people were kept happy with international wins. The Braves were all over Zimbabwe and has given us hope and a good sign that at CHAN they will compete and not just participate. (Ricardo) Mannetti has done wonders with these boys and I personally see us going past the group stage and then anything can happen,” said the legendary Hindjou, member of the famous Brave Warriors class of 1998.
Okahandja Mayor Hindjou added that despite it being unfair to single out players he was impressed by Charles Hambira who silenced Zimbabwe captain and goal scorer Tendai Ndoro, while the livewire that is Peter Shalulile was again yet impressive.
“Peter was so active and kept the opposition defender busy and confused, Dynamo (Fredericks) can become of the best in his position while (Hendrick) Somaeb and Petrus Shitembi were incredible as well. But I have to mention Charles Hambira. He kept a cool head and contained an experienced player in Ndoro. Riaan Hanamub has again done well. the team has gelled and the combinations are amazing”.
Hindjou also praised seasoned campaigners like captain Ronald Ketjijere, Larry Horaeb and Denzil Hoaseb and called on Lodyt Kazapua to remain competitive.
“Lodyt has been the man for some time now and it will be difficult for him to remain number two or three behind Max Mbaeva and Virgil Vries. The thousands that filled the stadium on Saturday and all of the nation should continue to support the team and I have no doubt with that the boys can do even better,” he said.
Ricardo Mannetti and the boys will have to wait until Friday, 17 November to see who they face in the first round of the finals as the draw for the 2018 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) finals takes place Rabat, Morocco. The finals are scheduled to take place between 12 January and 4 February 2018.