”We need to prepare for Senegal”: Ketjijere

WINDHOEK: Brave Warriors captain Ronald Ketjijere said they have to prepare well for the second round of Afcon qualifications, which will see them host Senegal in Windhoek in September.

His comments follow the senior national football team’s 0-1 defeat against Niger on Sunday in Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.

“Whether it was a penalty or not, it was given and we lost so now we have to move on.

“The 2017 Afcon is the ultimate prize and for us to make it, we have to learn from our mistakes in that game and make sure we correct them ahead of our next game in the qualifiers,” said Ketjijere in a media statement issued by Namibia Football Association (NFA) here on Monday.

He said the players will need to convert the many chances they create when they host Senegal at home on 05 September to get back into the 2017 Afcon qualifying race.

According to him, the countless chances created and not converted was his team’s downfall on Sunday; an issue that needs serious attention.

“We went into the game with so much confidence and we took the game to them (Niger). We had numerous chances to get our goals but we let ourselves and the nation down.

“But it is just the beginning and we will have to come back with great purpose and just score goals to make things easier for us,” said Ketjijere with confidence.

Senegal beat Burundi 3-1 on Saturday.

The 2017 Afcon finals will be held in Gabon.

The Brave Warriors will return home on Tuesday to focus on their 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers against Zambia on Sunday afternoon at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

Namibia won the 2015 Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup in South Africa in May. Namibia beat Zambia, the 2013 Cosafa trophy winners, 5-4 on penalties in the quarter-finals.