Teamwork key for Warriors

Teamwork key for Warriors

BRAVE Warriors coach Ben Bamfuchile says he will require a lot of teamwork and proper co-ordination in all areas from his players in Saturday’s Cosafa Castle Cup showdown against Seychelles.

He said because the players had not played together for a long time, it would be vital for them to play as a unit and help each other in their respective roles. Bamfuchile said this when the national team received corporate gifts from Telecom Namibia yesterday.The team will play a warm-up match against a Telecom XI side at the TransNamib Fields at 19h00 tonight.He said tonight’s match would be an opportunity for the players to look at their coordination and teamwork ahead of the clash against Seychelles, which is booked for the Sam Nujoma Stadium.Bamfuchile, who has been in charge of the national side for three weeks now, has surrounded himself with several professional players in defenders George Hummel and Hartman Toromba, winger Paulus Shipanga, strikers Henrico Botes and Costa Khaiseb and frontman Razundara Tjikuzu for the encounter.Tjikuzu only arrived yesterday morning and joined the team at their afternoon training session.Key midfielder Congo Hindjou was unexpectedly dropped from the team and the coach was expected to give the reasons for the move at the team’s kit launch yesterday evening.The coach also has a talented pool of locally based players that he can choose from, but will have difficulty in axing some from the final list, as most are capable enough to wear the national jersey.He also believes that playing against teams with less competitive strength, such as the Telecom XI, will give the players a chance to find each other and form combinations, while their level of co-ordination will also be tested.”The moves and plans that are done at practice are easily implementable when the team plays against weaker opposition.But most importantly, we need to see that co-ordination is put into practice,” he said.The Brave Warriors swept aside a defenceless Namibia Defence Force (NDF) side 5-0 in their first preparatory match at the weekend.The final list of 18 players who will form the team was not available by late yesterday.Team manager Markus Damaseb said the team would be announced today.Meanwhile The Nation Sport of Seychelles reports that the Pirates (national team of Seychelles) started polishing their playing strategies on July 14 in preparation for their second participation in the Cosafa Castle Cup.The Pirates clearly lacked depth, as they lost 0-3 at the Georges V Stadium in Mauritius in their first-ever clash against South Africa in their baptism of fire in the competition last year, the paper reported.The Pirates are fresh from winning the Tri-Nation tournament organised by the Seychelles Football Federation (SFF) as part of activities to celebrate the country’s 30th independence anniversary.All hopes of progressing further in the tournament rest on the players who gave a good showing in 2-1 victories over Mauritius and Tanzania last month.They will play hosts Namibia on Saturday and Zambia will entertain Malawi on the same day.The winners of the two matches will face each other the next day for a place in the next phase of the competition.The losers will play in the third-place playoff match.Twenty-four Seychelles players have been attending a training camp at the SFF’s training centre at Roche Caïman and only 20 are expected to make it to Namibia.Coach Raoul Shungu said St Michel’s Nelson Laurence “has been omitted from the squad because of an irregularity in his travel papers.”Other players who have failed to make the squad are St Louis’ Achille Henriette, Brian Dorby from SMB, Vincent Euphrasie of Sunshine and Foresters’ Francis Nourrice.The Seychelles squad to Namibia was announced as follows: Goalkeepers: Nelson Sopha (St Michel), Ricky Rose (Anse Réunion).Defenders: Denis Belle, Lorenzo Mathiot, Gofrey Denis (St Michel), Jonathan Bibi (St Louis), Jones Joubert (St Louis), Allen Larue (Red Star), Gael Jesinghaus (La Passe).Midfielders: Verna Rose (La Passe), Bernard St Ange (Red Star), Henny Dufresne (St Michel), Philip Zialor (St Michel), Denis Barbé (Sunshine), Roderick Rose (Anse Réunion) and Jude Ladouce (La Passe).Strikers: Robert Suzette (Sunshine), Wilnes Brutus (Red Star), Yelvanny Rose (Anse Réuinon) and Jules Désir (Northern Dynamo).Coach Shungu, assistant coach Marc Mathiot and assistant team manager Max Racombo will also make the trip.Roch Henriette will head the delegation, which is expected back on Tuesday July 25.On Saturday, Zambia will meet Malawi at 14h00, while Namibia will take on Seychelles at 16h00.All matches will be played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and will start at the same time the following day, with the final scheduled for 16h00.Bamfuchile said this when the national team received corporate gifts from Telecom Namibia yesterday.The team will play a warm-up match against a Telecom XI side at the TransNamib Fields at 19h00 tonight.He said tonight’s match would be an opportunity for the players to look at their coordination and teamwork ahead of the clash against Seychelles, which is booked for the Sam Nujoma Stadium.Bamfuchile, who has been in charge of the national side for three weeks now, has surrounded himself with several professional players in defenders George Hummel and Hartman Toromba, winger Paulus Shipanga, strikers Henrico Botes and Costa Khaiseb and frontman Razundara Tjikuzu for the encounter.Tjikuzu only arrived yesterday morning and joined the team at their afternoon training session.Key midfielder Congo Hindjou was unexpectedly dropped from the team and the coach was expected to give the reasons for the move at the team’s kit launch yesterday evening.The coach also has a talented pool of locally based players that he can choose from, but will have difficulty in axing some from the final list, as most are capable enough to wear the national jersey.He also believes that playing against teams with less competitive strength, such as the Telecom XI, will give the players a chance to find each other and form combinations, while their level of co-ordination will also be tested.”The moves and plans that are done at practice are easily implementable when the team plays against weaker opposition.But most importantly, we need to see that co-ordination is put into practice,” he said.The Brave Warriors swept aside a defenceless Namibia Defence Force (NDF) side 5-0 in their first preparatory match at the weekend.The final list of 18 players who will form the team was not available by late yesterday.Team manager Markus Damaseb said the team would be announced today.Meanwhile The Nation Sport of Seychelles reports that the Pirates (national team of Seychelles) started polishing their playing strategies on July 14 in preparation for their second participation in the Cosafa Castle Cup.The Pirates clearly lacked depth, as they lost 0-3 at the Georges V Stadium in Mauritius in their first-ever clash against South Africa in their baptism of fire in the competition last year, the paper reported.The Pirates are fresh from winning the Tri-Nation tournament organised by the Seychelles Football Federation (SFF) as part of activities to celebrate the country’s 30th independence anniversary.All hopes of progressing further in the tournament rest on the players who gave a good showing in 2-1 victories over Mauritius and Tanzania last month.They will play hosts Namibia on Saturday and Zambia will entertain Malawi on the same day.The winners of the two matches will face each other the next day for a place in the next phase of the competition.The losers will play in the third-place playoff match.Twenty-four Seychelles players have been attending a training camp at the SFF’s training centre at Roche Caïman and only 20 are expected to make it to Namibia.Coach Raoul Shungu said St Michel’s Nelson Laurence “has been omitted from the squad because of an irregularity in his travel papers.”Other players who have failed to make the squad are St Louis’ Achille Henriette, Brian Dorby from SMB, Vincent Euphrasie of Sunshine and Foresters’ Francis Nourrice.The Seychelles squad to Namibia was announced as follows: Goalkeepers: Nelson Sopha (St Michel), Ricky Rose (Anse Réunion).Defenders: Denis Belle, Lorenzo Mathiot, Gofrey Denis (St Michel), Jonathan Bibi (St Louis), Jones Joubert (St Louis), Allen Larue (Red Star), Gael Jesinghaus (La Passe).Midfielders: Verna Rose (La Passe), Bernard St Ange (Red Star), Henny Dufresne (St Michel), Philip Zialor (St Michel), Denis Barbé (Sunshine), Roderick Rose (Anse Réunion) and Jude Ladouce (La Passe).Strikers: Robert Suzette (Sunshine), Wilnes Brutus (Red Star), Yelvanny Rose (Anse Réuinon) and Jules Désir (Northern Dynamo).Coach Shungu, assistant coach Marc Mathiot and assistant team manager Max Racombo will also make the trip.Roch Henriette will head the delegation, which is expected back on Tuesday July 25.On Saturday, Zambia will meet Malawi at 14h00, while Namibia will take on Seychelles at 16h00.All matches will be played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and will start at the same time the following day, with the final scheduled for 16h00.

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