The Brave Warriors promises more fireworks against Eritrea in a 2022 International Federation of Association Football (Fifa) World Cup preliminary qualifers second leg match set for Tuesday night at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura.
Interim coach Bobby Samaria states that the game on Tuesday will be different now that they know who Eritrea are and they remain determined to finish the business.
” We did not know them well but we did well. Now they are an open book and surely our planning will be be different. They had about seven European base players and I understand they will add four more, so it will not be an easy game at all.It means they still believe and that means we have to work very hard to get over the line.”
Samaria drums up home support that will be key on the night.
” You saw how packed the stadium was over there and for us, if we can get that and more support the boys can flourish. We have worked on our finishing and it all depends on the form on the day. Rankings don’t matter and after the first leg results across Africa, it’s very clear”, Samaria states.
Peter Shalulile will continue what he started and wear the captain’s armband on the night despite the return of regular captain Petrus Shitembi and he’s fired up.
” It was very suprising for me to be given the armband. I never thought I would lead the team this way but equally I’m glad I did. The players were very cooperative and now playing at home, I have to keep doing what I can do, score and create for others to score. It comes with more responsibility but for my national team I can do this anytime”, Shalulile states.
In Asmara last week, the first goal came from captain Peter Shalulile in the 50th minute who latched onto a Joslin Kamatuka throughpass to beat the offside trap and the onrushing Eritrean goalkeeper.
Shalulile was then involved in the second goal as he forced an error from a defender who then conceded an own goal to make it 2-0 for the Namibians.
Eritrean captain Henok Goitom however then set up a tense finish when he tapped in from close range to make it 2-1 but Namibia held on to the much needed win away from home.
Eritrea are in town and match are selling for N$30 in advance at Football House in Katutura abd from all Computicket outlets countrywide and they will be N$50 at the gates on match day.
Samaria will announce his match-day 23 squad on Monday after the afternoon training session will be be at 17h00 at the match venue.