Warriors Determined to Control Own Destiny

The Brave Warriors are determined to control their destiny and will go all-out to score goals as they prepare for the first leg of their 2015 CAF Nations Cup qualifier match against Congo in Windhoek on Saturday.

This is the view of regular defender Willem Mwedihanga, who said that they were positive about getting a good result on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

“It has been a very long week for us. Our coaches have worked hard on various tactics that we need to execute on match day and the players are responding very well to this call. We have agreed as players that come Saturday, we need to get a good result because we need it and our supporters deserve it as well,” Mwedihanga said.

The former Tigers defender who now plays for Amazulu in South Africa added that vocal support for the team will be vital in their quest to achieve a desirable result from the first leg.

“We need our people to come and show their support and push us on to a good result. We can make mistakes but we can only improve with their support, and they can also break us down if they make it difficult for us. The pressure is already too much and a bit of patience and support will definitely do the team some good,” Mwedihanga said.

Mwedihanga, a regular player in the heart of defence alongside Da Costa Angula, said that having the first leg at home was important.

“You have the home support and home aantage and whatever happens in the first leg can influence what happens in the second leg. So it is vital to take aantage being at home first and make things tough for the opponent and then see how it will go in the second away match. But in Africa there are no easy matches and we are prepared to control our destiny and it all starts on Saturday,” he said.

The match takes place at the Sam Nujoma stadium in Windhoek on Saturday with kick-off time set for 16h00, while tickets cost N$40 at the entrance, at the NFA Football House and on Computicket at Shoprite and Checkers outlets countrywide.

Congo, who were expected in Windhoek by Wednesday afternoon, will now arrive on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti says he can only reveal the final 18 squad on Friday morning as he was still assessing some players.

Here is the squad of 23 men squad in camp:

Max Mbaeva (African Stars), Virgil Vries (Maritzburg United, SA), Charles Uirab (Orlando Pirates), Edward Maova (Civics FC), Willem Mwedihanga (Amazulu SA), Denzil Haoseb (Black Africa), Da Costa Angula and Ananias Gebhardt ( both Black Africa FC), Ronald Ketjijere (c) (University of Pretoria), Freedom Puriza and Dennis Ngueza (both African Stars), Emilio Martin, Willy Stephanus (both Black Africa), Hendrik Somaeb (Blue Waters) Neville Tjiueza (Tura Magic), Petrus Shitembi (Amazulu, SA), Heinrich Isaacks (Maritzburg United, SA), Nekundi Panduleni (Tigers FC), Wangu Gomes (civics), Rudolf Bester (Golden Arrows, SA), Lazarus Kaimbi (Bangkok Class, Thailand), Tangeni Shipahu (Otsotspa, Thailand), and Jerome Louis (Township Rollers Botswana).

Source : The Namibian