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Time to rally behind Brave Warriors

Mon, 3 March 2014 03:42
by Timoteus Shihepo
Sports

The number of spectators who attended the Caf Champion’s League match between Black Africa and Kaizer Chiefs three weeks ago was testimony that soccer rules the local sports circle and has won many hearts; young and old.
National team, Brave Warriors, will grace the pitch with Tanzanian counterparts this week and although the game is just an international friendly, it sure will be more than that, as there are major graces at stake.
Firstly, Brave Warriors are eager to continue the year with good results after starting it on a bad note by losing 1-0 to Ghana at home.
Secondly, the team will this year participate in the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers but to get a favourable draw, it needs to step higher in the FIFA rankings. That can only be achieved as soon as it starts winning matches. As such, victory against Tanzania this Wednesday will be a good start.
Thirdly, the standard tickets to the game cost N$40 compared to the N$50 that BA asked for, its games against Chiefs.
Another reason to watch Brave Warriors in action is the national team has about 17 players playing abroad and if they all make it to the match, the squad will have a wealth of experience gracing the pitch, which means fans are guaranteed satisfaction.
To help the boys achieve their objectives this Wednesday, let’s all go and fill the stadium, let’s all go and scream praises.
Under the current coach Ricardo Mannetti, Brave Warriors have played 10 matches, lost five, won three and drawn two. One can argue under Mannetti, the team has improved, at least a bit.
Also under him, Namibia held the African champions, Super Eagles of Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek. And with him, Brave Warriors scored seven goals in four matches to advance past the first stage of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup, only to lose to South Africa by a 2 -1 score line in the semifinals and 1-0 to Mozambique in the Plate semifinals.
Namibia will once again take part in this year’s Cosafa Cup tournament, hence this game will serve as a good preparation platform.
Brave Warriors already show signs of bringing back the glory days the nation achieved in the 90s, particularly in 1998 when the team defeated South Africa 3-2 at a packed Independence Stadium.
If Namibian fans can fill a musical concert whose tickets cost up to N$150 and above and fill seats for a Black Africa-Kaizer Chiefs match, why wouldn’t we unite to do the same for our national team?
By the time your clock hits 20:00 on Wednesday night, make sure you are seated at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and yeah, invite friends and family.