Warriors to avenge defeat against Zebras

Warriors to avenge defeat against Zebras

THE Brave Warriors are expected to go into tonight’s international friendly match against Botswana with a mission to beat them – but to do that in a convincing style.

Kick-off is 20h30 at the Independence Stadium, with an entrace fee set at N$10.00. Namibia suffered a 1-0 home defeat against ‘The Zebras’ of Botswana in last year’s edition of the regional tournament (Cosafa), on March 16 at the same venue.The Warriors have been in camp for over four weeks and are primarily preparing for this year’s Cosafa Castle Cup match against Angola, due in Luanda on May 9.The Namibian team will also go out to prove critics wrong, after they struggled against an invitational team selected after The Namibian Newspaper Cup in Oshakati over the Easter Weekend this year.The side which clearly looked unfit, managed to garner a 3-2 victory in the end, with coach Max Johnson admitting to their poor show.Nampareports that Johnson has been working on group tactics.He told the agency that he specifically worked on the midfielders and defenders to sharpen their passing and to improve their interplay.Namibian strikers in general have not been up to scratch and the coach also worked in that area with the players mainly concentrating on finishing and shooting at the target.Johnson also had ambitions to draft-in some of the foreign-based players into the team that faces Botswana tonight, but all of them are having club commitments this weekend and can only be released by early next week.So far, Namibia’s professional player, Mohammed Ouseb, who currently finds himself clubless has been training with the team for almost two weeks, while the rest of the players are expected later next week.Namibia Football Association (NFA) Co-ordinator, Titus Kunamwene, told The Namibian Sport yesterday that Collin Benjamin and George Hummel have been ruled out of the Angola clash.Benjamin has an ankle injury and will be operated on in Switzerland early next month, while Hummel is still trying to establish himself at his new club Luch Energy in Russia.The latest edition to the team from the foreign-based players is former Tigers midfielder, Dumisa Jantze, who plays for German—based team Duisburg.Jantze plays alongside former African Stars striker Geoffrey Roman third division side that vies for honours in the Oberliga.Jantze is currently the club’s top goalscorer with 19 goals, while Roman was on target 15 times for the same side.The two Namibians have scored more than 60 percent of the team’s goals which is currently in second spot in that league.The players who will join the team alongside Jantze next Tuesday are Razundara Tjikuzu (Hansa Rostock, Germany), who has now officially received the green light after being ruled out the first time, while Oliver Risser (Borussia Dortmund Reserves), is also expected to arrive on Tuesday.Dynamic midfielder Ricardo Mannetti (Santos, South Africa), will also arrive next week before the Warriors fly directly to Angola on March 7.Robert Nauseb (Ajax Cape Town, South Africa), has also been ruled out as he has not recovered from his ankle injury.The midfielder is also expected to undergo an operation early next month.Meanwhile, Johnson called-up Civics midfielder Donny Isaacs and coastal side Blue Waters’ Jason Petrus into his team.Namibia suffered a 1-0 home defeat against ‘The Zebras’ of Botswana in last year’s edition of the regional tournament (Cosafa), on March 16 at the same venue.The Warriors have been in camp for over four weeks and are primarily preparing for this year’s Cosafa Castle Cup match against Angola, due in Luanda on May 9.The Namibian team will also go out to prove critics wrong, after they struggled against an invitational team selected after The Namibian Newspaper Cup in Oshakati over the Easter Weekend this year.The side which clearly looked unfit, managed to garner a 3-2 victory in the end, with coach Max Johnson admitting to their poor show.Nampareports that Johnson has been working on group tactics.He told the agency that he specifically worked on the midfielders and defenders to sharpen their passing and to improve their interplay.Namibian strikers in general have not been up to scratch and the coach also worked in that area with the players mainly concentrating on finishing and shooting at the target.Johnson also had ambitions to draft-in some of the foreign-based players into the team that faces Botswana tonight, but all of them are having club commitments this weekend and can only be released by early next week.So far, Namibia’s professional player, Mohammed Ouseb, who currently finds himself clubless has been training with the team for almost two weeks, while the rest of the players are expected later next week.Namibia Football Association (NFA) Co-ordinator, Titus Kunamwene, told The Namibian Sport yesterday that Collin Benjamin and George Hummel have been ruled out of the Angola clash.Benjamin has an ankle injury and will be operated on in Switzerland early next month, while Hummel is still trying to establish himself at his new club Luch Energy in Russia.The latest edition to the team from the foreign-based players is former Tigers midfielder, Dumisa Jantze, who plays for German—based team Duisburg.Jantze plays alongside former African Stars striker Geoffrey Roman third division side that vies for honours in the Oberliga.Jantze is currently the club’s top goalscorer with 19 goals, while Roman was on target 15 times for the same side.The two Namibians have scored more than 60 percent of the team’s goals which is currently in second spot in that league.The players who will join the team alongside Jantze next Tuesday are Razundara Tjikuzu (Hansa Rostock, Germany), who has now officially received the green light after being ruled out the first time, while Oliver Risser (Borussia Dortmund Reserves), is also expected to arrive on Tuesday.Dynamic midfielder Ricardo Mannetti (Santos, South Africa), will also arrive next week before the Warriors fly directly to Angola on March 7.Robert Nauseb (Ajax Cape Town, South Africa), has also been ruled out as he has not recovered from his ankle injury.The midfielder is also expected to undergo an operation early next month.Meanwhile, Johnson called-up Civics midfielder Donny Isaacs and coastal side Blue Waters’ Jason Petrus into his team.

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