Warriors turn to Youth

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The Brave Warriors technical team had a press conference on Monday to talk about the way forward following the 4-0 defeat at Burkina Faso in their AFCON 2012 Qualifier two weeks ago.

According to Barry Rukoro, Secretary General of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) the national team, the Brave Warriors are in trouble of qualifying for both the 2012 and 2013 AFCON tournaments after that heavy defeat.

He added that it was time to focus on the future, which will be graduating junior national team players into the fold as soon as possible.

“If you look at the average age of the players that played against Burkina Faso, it was 29 and that for me is too old,” he said.

“For the remaining two matches we have decided to give preference to the young players to give them experience. This is being done so that we can build experience in time for the next qualifiers.”

Brave Warriors caretaker coach, Brian Isaacs and his assistant, Ronny Kanalelo agreed with the new strategy saying that they were now looking at a complete overhaul of the players.

“It is necessary for the overhaul of the playing personnel, we need more young up and coming players in the team and we will remove all the players who have reached the end of their playing career and who cannot give us anymore,” Isaacs said.

The national team selectors will be using the annual Namibian Newspaper Cup to scout for t potential players who would form part of the national team structures.

“We have the players in the country, it is just that they are lacking in the tactical and technical aspects of the game, and that’s what we need to work on,” Isaacs said.

Namibia are at the bottom of their group that is being led by Burkina Faso who have six points, the Gambia are second with three points and Namibia are third with no points.

The Brave Warriors will have their next match on 3 June in Windhoek against Burkina Faso and then on 2 September against the Gambia also at home.