Namibia could win Cosafa Cup: Gleeson

RUSTENBURG: South African journalist and football commentator for SuperSport Mark Gleeson is of the opinion that, the current Brave Warriors squad has the quality to reach the African Nations Cup finals.

Gleeson who is thought to have the most complete set of African football records in existence by African football experts said if the current crop of Namibian players follows in the same direction as the famous Brave Warriors of 1998 then they can qualify to play at the African Nations Cup (AFCON) finals.

Namibia will begin their AFCON qualifiers in the first week of June away to Niger.

Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday the renowned commentator said Namibia is having a good team at the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) cup, but they lack the basic skills.

“If you look at the 1998 team that got to the final of the Cosafa cup in 1997 then qualified for Burkina Faso 1998 and reached the Cosafa cup final again in 1999, I think if this team follows in the same directions they can emulated what that 1998 team did to qualify for the nation’s cup finals,” said Gleeson.

He added that despite them doing well at the Cosafa cup the team has been playing awful football.

“They are playing really quick football but their shooting is dreadful, they cannot cross well into the box and if they improve on those areas they might be a good site that can compete with everyone,” said Glesson.

Gleeson the official archivist of African football for the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) added that Namibia has good individual players but most of them will struggle to play in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL).

“If I was a scout seating here and looking at the Namibia players I think Willem Mwedhihanga is a strong player he can stay in the PSL despite him not featuring a lot for Amazulu last season, the other defender for Golden Arrows Chris Katjiukua he is a fantastic player I love the way he plays, Virgil Vries we all know he played well at Maritzburg United last season, Deon Hotto will struggle and Shitembi had a lot of chances that he couldn’t score in Cosafa.

Now if I was a scout there is nothing that stands out for me in this team despite having good players. In 1998 they had the likes of Mohammed Oused, Robert Nauseb who were special but in this team you don’t have such qualities despite their captain Ronald Katjijere who is in a class of his own,” he echoed.

He also said that Wangu Gome is a good player by his physique puts him at a disadvantage

“My colleague William Tjongwe walked to Wangu after their Mauritius game and told him he is a good player and can make it in the PSL, but I think he is a bit short and will struggle despite him being physically strong and good on the ball,” he emphasized.

He stated that Namibia has a chance of winning the Cosafa cup this year, because they are the only strong side left in the competition.

“If you look at all the teams in the semi-finals of Cosafa Namibia and Botswana will reach the final and Botswana is a stronger side then Namibia, but Namibia style of play is quicker than them so they are personally my favourites to win this cup,” said Gleeson.