Warriors fit and focused ahead of Congo-Brazzaville clash

WINDHOEK; The fitness levels of the Brave Warriors have seen the national team enjoy injury-free camps for the past three international games.

Brave Warriors team doctor Gerson Kandjii was quoted as saying in a statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday by the Namibia Football Association that the Brave Warriors did not record any serious injuries during training camps or after the actual matches during the period of their 1-0 defeat to Ghana in January followed by the one-all draw with Tanzania in March and the 1-0 victory over Congo-Brazzaville two weeks ago.

“It is something very good for us because it goes to show that our players are realising the importance of being fit at all times. Going forward this can only be good for the national team because it is not good to lose players due to injuries. It disrupts the coach’s planning and players also tend to lose form after being laid off,” Kandjii was quoted as saying.

The team doctor further stated that another contributing factor to football injuries is the concentration levels of the players during a match.

“Most injuries happen just before half-time and just before the end of the match when players are slowing down for the break or for the end of the game. If your concentration levels are high, you can avoid injuries since you will anticipate tackles and avoid them and also have full control of your limps to avoid negative falls and so on. It is something that needs to be maintained and players understand that. They start the games more mature and their concentration levels have increased,” she stated.

Brave Warriors are leading the fixture 1-0 ahead of the second leg of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Nations Cup qualifiers in Congo-Brazzaville on Sunday. Team manager Cyril Isaacs has confirmed that the team leaves for Pointe-Noire on Saturday. They are set to return to Namibia on Monday.