The Brave Warriors are hoping for an emphatic victory over Tanzania when the two countries clash tomorrow in an African Nations Championship (CHAN) group D encounter.
The must-win match for both sides is scheduled for Limbe stadium at 21h00. Both Namibia and Tanzania are on the wrong end of the table with not a single point after losing to Guinea and Zambia respectively earlier this week.
Former Brave Warriors assistant coach Ronnie Kanalelo believes the team will overcome Tanzania if the right tactics are applied on the night.
Kanalelo, who is also a former Brave Warriors goalkeeper, urged the side to avoid repeating the same mistakes from their opening match against Guinea.
“We will need maximum points to revive our chances of advancing to the next round. It is not going to be an easy match but judging from the last game against Guinea, it will depend on what they do in their opponents’ box as well as their box,” he said.
“It is going to be a crucial match I believe, but if they use the right tactics and have a clear game plan, I’m certain the team will collect maximum points. If we don’t attack and defend well obviously, we will be punished for that, so that is why the players in the centre will be most needed to come to the party. But motivation amongst themselves will be needed to hype them up for the crucial encounter as they hope for a win.”
Former Brave Warriors mentor Rusten Mogane was confident the Namibians will beat Tanzania. “We can turn the tables if the team uses a good strategy and great tactics. The team consists of some experienced players who have been at bigger competitions such as the Africa Cup of Nations. So, by that, it can already tell you what the team is capable of doing,” he said.
“With Saturday’s encounter, I think the coach will also need to look at the opponent’s weaknesses as well as their strengths. They can have a clear plan as to how to approach the game. Motivational talks amongst players will be needed to ensure players are psychological fit.”
Meanwhile, Brave Warriors skipper Petrus Shitembi also wished the team well, saying he was hopeful of a win despite the inactive of the local league.
“I think with every encounter we always stand a chance. Not to make excuses for the boys but it is not easy for them given our football situation and the fact that this is a tournament for the local players, who don’t have an active football in comparison to their counterparts,” said Shitembi.
“But I feel the more they get minutes under their belts, the more confident they become going into their remaining encounters.
Again, a very difficult match against Tanzania, but to be fair, all the games are pretty demanding, so a big task ahead for the boys but we have faith and confidence they will do well and at this point would just like to continue wishing them well.” After the Tanzania encounter, the Brave Warriors have a date with Zambia’s Chipolopolo on 27 January.