Guest Contributor | Jan 17, 2023 | 0
Brave Warriors aim to secure the 2019 African Cup of Nations berth
The Brave Warriors have set eyes on making it to consecutive continental finals when they travel to Zambia on Thursday to take on Chipolopolo in the African Cup of Nations Qualifier on Saturday at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka according to NFA website.
In 2018, Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti led local-based players in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals where they exited at the quarterfinal stage and this time around the flagship competition of CAF, the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) is begging, the team is ready for match day, 23 March for the destiny to be revealed.
“It’s now or never. We are finally here. Project 2019 is finally about to be decided and it will be one match on Saturday in Lusaka that we have to do our best to realize our dream, our destiny. So much work, so much pain over the years and in recent times and we are finally here, only one match”, said Mannetti.
The coach states that all 26 players in camp will now travel to Zambia from which the match 18 will be drawn from and the rest will be the supporting cast for the grand finale of a possibly wonderful journey to Egypt.
“These boys deserve to be around and support each other. We are family and team spirit and harmony is much more important and has been key in our campaign. The boys understand the task at hand and the technical team have worked very hard to prepare them for the battle on Saturday,” added Mannetti.
The Brave Warriors will have to avoid defeat in Zambia on Saturday to all but secure a berth at the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Finals in Egypt from 21 June to 19 July. The match on Saturday will be live on pay television DsTV on Channel 229 (SuperSport 9) from 18h15 with kickoff set for 18h30 at the National Heroes Stadium Satdium.
Football fans will be part of the action in Lusaka as buses depart from Windheok, Oshakati, Rundu and Katima Mulilo full of enthusiastic Namibians who are determined to witness the historic match away from home.
Guinea Bissau and Namibia are top of Group K on eight points each with Mozambique in third place on seven points. Zambia are on four points are out of the race to Egypt 2019. The group winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 32nd edition of the Total African Cup of Nations.
Brave Warriors to Zambia : Virgil Vries, Maximillian Mbaeva, Loydt Kazapua, Petrus Shitembi, Tiberius Lombard, Ananias Gebhardt, Willy Stephanus, Denzil Haoseb, Peter Shalulile , Marcel Papama, Riaan Hanamub, Dynamo Fredericks, Emilio Martin, Ronald Ketjijere, Benson Shilongo, Ivan Kamberipa, Edmund Kambanda, Muna Katupose, Sadney Urikhob, Joslin Kamatuka, Charles Hambira, Treasure Kauapirura, Itamunua Keimuine ,Immanuel Heita ,Absalom Iimbondi and Deon Hotto. (NFA)