Brave Warriors positive ahead of Mauritius clash

By: Hesron Kapanga

RUSTENBURG: The Namibia senior national football team is ready to collect the much needed three points in their game against Mauritius at the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) cup Tuesday.

The games that kicked off on Sunday are being played in the North-West Province of South Africa.

Namibia drew 0-0 in its opening game of the tournament against Seychelles at the Moruleng Stadium Sunday.

Speaking to Nampa Monday, striker Benson Shilongo, who joined the team from Gaborone United in Botswana on Sunday, said he received a warm welcome and is hoping to bring his club form to the national team.

“I was selected to the national team based on merit and I hope that when I get onto the field against Mauritius I can show the same form that I have shown at my club throughout the season and score goals for the national team.

“We really need to win this game if we are to have any hope of going through to the next round of the competition,” said Shilongo.

National team captain, Ronald Ketjijere said the team is currently aware of what is at stake and they are ready to battle come Tuesday night.

“We did not get the much needed three points on Sunday and going into our Tuesday game, we need the three points. I know we will be under pressure to get the three points but we will not panic,” said Ketjijere.

He added that their main concern against Mauritius is to get the balls into the net.

“The team has been playing good football but we are lacking the goals. I hope we deliver goals, as defensively and in the midfield, we have so far been doing our job of supplying the balls to the strikers and keeping the oppositions away from our goalpost,” he said.

The team’s game against Mauritius at Moruleng Stadium on Tuesday will be played 18h30, Namibian time (GMT+1).

Namibia is level on one point with Seychelles.

Zimbabwe is currently leading Group A with three points after defeating Mauritius 2-0 on Sunday at the same venue.