Utoni visits Brave Warriors ahead of Zambia clash

The Brave Warriors will go to Zambia to win their final Group K African Cup of Nations Qualifier on 23 March and make sure Namibia makes her third appearance at the finals to be held in Egypt from 21 June and 19 July 2019.

The local-based Brave Warriors on Wednesday got a surprise visit from Minister of Sports Erastus Utoni who rallied the team and reiterated government and Namibians support for the collective effort to reach the 2019 AFCON finals.

Minister Utoni implored the team to remain focused on the job at hand: You must be disciplined and prepare well for Zambia. You will be representing the whole nation and everyone is supporting you. We have organized ourselves to follow you and those that will stay at home will sit in front of their TV and scream for you, Utoni states.

Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti promised the Minister that his chargers are going to get the victory and qualify in Zambia.

We started our preparations last week, ahead of Zambia and I can assure you that the support we receiving in the build for our biggest match in the last ten years surely motivates us to do well and we will go to Zambia to win. Saturday 23 March, things will be tough on the pitch but I know Sunday on our way back home everyone will be happy and celebrating because we will win and qualify states Mannetti.

The brave Warriors continues with preparations at the NFA Technical Centre and on Sunday the training camp will move to Johannesburg, where the foreign-based players will join and on Independence Day, 21 March, they will travel to Zambia.

Namibia can qualify for the 2019 AFCON finals if: they avoid defeat to Zambia; they lose to Zambia and Mozambique lose to Guinea Bissau; they lose to Zambia and Mozambique draw against Bissau (Namibia have better head to head against Mozambique).

Guinea Bissau and Namibia are top of Group K on eight points each with Mozambique in third place on seven points. Zambia are on four points are out of the race to Egypt 2019. The group winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 32nd edition of the Total African Cup of Nations.

The Ministry of Sports in collaboration with the Namibia Sports Commission, Namibia Football Association and the Brave Warriors Supporters Club has agreed to avail three (3) buses (65 seaters) for transporting Brave Warriors' supporters to and from Zambia for the match on 23 March.

The buses are stationed at Windhoek, Oshakati and Rundu respectively. People travelling from Windhoek are expected to contribute a fee of N$ 900 and the supporters in Oshakati will contribute N$ 700, while the people from Rundu will each give N$ 600 and supporters from Katima Mulilo will have to contribute a minimum of N$ 550. This will include travelling to and from Lusaka as well as replica t-shirt and an entrance ticket to the open stand on match day.

Source: Namibia Football Association (NFA)