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Brave Warriors care-taker coach wants more goals

by John Tuerijama


Brave Warriors’ care-taker coach, Bernard Kaanjuka says there is no room for relaxation tomorrow against Djibouti in the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers despite the 4-0 victory on Friday.

The Brave Warriors hammered Djibouti in their away encounter to secure placement in the group stages with the likes of Nigeria, Malawi and Kenya.

The care-taker coach told The Villager that despite beating Djibouti, he will not lie back tomorrow as he wants more goals from the young lads.

“I am sure that Djibouti will make changes in their midfield but all we need to do is to play attacking football right from the first whistle,” said Kaanjuka. “To be really honest, I was not happy with our performance in the first half but all changed when I brought in Lazarus Kaimbi in the second stanza.”

Despite the 4-0 trouncing, Kaanjuka could not say in earnest if he will field the same players but was quick to say that all players need to be exposed now that Namibia has the winning advantage over their unimpressive opponents.

It is, however, not clear if skipper, Heinrich Isaacks will maintain his position as midfielder, Ronald Ketjijere will be available for tomorrow’s showdown.

The African Stars midfield wizard did not travel with the team as he was busy with examinations at the University of Namibia.

“I will only know today if Ketjijere will take over the captaincy from Isaacks,” he added.

Namibia’s international Henrico Botes is the only player who picked up an injury on Friday. The care-taker coach is awaiting a medical report and if all goes well, the lanky goals poacher will be the target man at the Independence Stadium.

The acting coach called on the faithful Namibian football fanatics to come in their hundreds in support of the youthful Brave Warriors.

South African-based, Rudolf Bester opened the score-sheet in the 13th minute with substitute Kaimbi stretching the lead in the 51st minute.

Bester was on target again in the 68th minute as Ramblers danger-man, Sadney Urikhob Rurikhob made his presence felt in the 84th minute to bring the final score line to a massive 4-0.

The “horseman of the Red Sea” as the Djibouti national team is affectionately known, will have their training to acclimatise at the Independence Stadium this morning with the Brave Warriors side expected to make their rounds this afternoon.

The exciting encounter is expected to kick off at 20h00.