Time to make things right against Mozambique
Following their defeat by Botswana in the Quarterfinals on Saturday night, the Brave Warriors have set their eyes on the Cosafa Castle Cup Plate trophy as consolation for all Namibians and are focused on their Plate seminal clash against Mozambique on Tuesday night at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
The defending Champions, Brave Warriors narrowly lost 5-4 on penalties after a one-all draw against Botswana on Saturday night at a packed to the rafters majestic Sam Nujoma Stadium and according to head coach Ricardo Mannetti, the boys have recovered from their psychological blow and ready to make amends.
“Saturday was one of those days were we played our best football and came out second best. The pain was heavy on the fans and more so on the players because they let the nation down. To see so many Namibians behind the team through the match was unprecedented and the result was one to forget. We have to get over it and focus on the next game which is on Tuesday against Mozambique and try to go all the way in the section. The best team lost on Saturday and going forward we are determined to make things right and make things easy for ourselves and for our fans that showed so much love on Saturday”, Mannetti says.
The coach reveals that players are back in the right frame of mind thanks to team support and external support structures for the team and come Tuesday, another great performance with a positive victory will be witnessed at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
“The players have picked themselves up and will play to win and appease thousands who will support. Imagine if we can have the same support for Tuesday we had on Saturday, and for every game we play for that matter, players morale will keep rising and rising knowing that so many people are behind them off the pitch”, states Mannetti.
Team captain Ronald Ketjijere adds that the Warriors will run out on Tuesday with their chins up.
“ We wanted to do so well so bad that in the end it was not to be. We now have another chance to redeem ourselves. It's football and we have learned some vital lessons and felt every Namibian’s pain . We are looking at the game against Mozambique as our chance to make things right. Please fellow Namibia come back, fill up the Stadium and we will do our utmost best not to disappoint you again. Thank you for all the love and support. We appreciate and long for your support more than ever” Ketjijere laments.
Tickets for this prestigious tournament are on sale for N$20 and can be purchased at the Namibia Football Association’s Football House, the Freedom Land Mobile Police Station, Greenwell Police Station and at all TN Mobile Teleshops in Windhoek.
TUESDAY’S PLATE SEMIFINAL FIXTURES
Lesotho vs Zambia (KO 17h00 local, 16h00 GMT) – Sam Nujoma Stadium
Namibia vs Mozambique (KO 19h30 local, 18h30 GMT) – Sam Nujoma Stadium