Brave Warriors’ to rumble in the jungle
The Brave Warriors travel to the Republic of Congo in a second leg match, with a win in the bag following a hard fought victory on home soil.
The team will however have to make due without two of its most experienced players in the form of striker Henrico Botes and midfielder Lazarus Kaimbi who are unavailable on account of match fitness and club football commitments.
A Rudolf Bester goal earned the Brave Warriors a victory over their Congolese counterparts and a win will see the country progress towards the next preliminary qualifying round.
“The preliminary qualifying rounds fall outside of FIFA’s calender for international fixtures and as a result, clubs are not obliged to release their players, hence explaining the Kaimbi conundrum.
Meanwhile, the Brave Warriors Technical team has released the two goalkeepers Orlando Pirates’ Charles Uirab and Civics’ Edward Maova which means Virgil Vries and Maximillian Mbaeva will vie for the starting place in Congo.
The final travelling 18 men squad will be released this week from the following 20 players up for consideration: Max Mbaeva (African Stars), Virgil Vries (Maritzburg United, SA), Willem Mwedihanga (Amazulu SA), Denzil Haoseb (Black Africa), Da Costa Angula and Ananias Gebhardt ( both Black Africa FC), Ronald Ketjijere (Captain) (University of Pretoria), Freedom Puriza and Dennis Ngueza (both African Stars), Emilio Martin, Willy Stephanus (both Black Africa), Hendrik Somaeb (Blue Waters) Neville Tjiueza (Tura Magic), Petrus Shitembi (Amazulu, SA), Heinrich Isaacks (Maritzburg United, SA), Nekundi Panduleni (Tigers FC), Wangu Gomes (civics), Rudolf Bester (Golden Arrows, SA), Tangeni Shipahu (Otsotspa, Thailand), and Jerome Louis (Township Rollers Botswana).