Brave Warriors heads to Ghana to prepare for Bissau

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The Brave Warriors jets out for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group K assignment at Guinea Bissau lacking game fitness but focused on their goal of qualifications for the continental showpiece as the qualifiers starts in earnest on 10 June 2017.

The team leaves on Thursday for the famous Lizzy Sports Complex in Accra, Ghana for a training camp with 24 players on board before they proceed to Guinea Bissau on 07 June ahead of their 10 June encounter.

Announcing the teams’ plans coach Ricardo Mannetti says despite the team’s physical fitness levels having improved over the last couples of weeks, the much needed match fitness was lacking and thus they will be playing some games in Ghana before they visit Bissau.

“ We are still lacking match fitness but so that I’m happy with the how far we have come. It has been a difficult period for all of us and going to Ghana will give us chance to play some games, for team harmony and match fitness. Remember the last time the boys played together was against Senegal last year and is a very long time”, Mannetti explains. Namibia 2-0 at Senegal in September in the World Cup qualifiers in their last international game.

The 2015 Cosafa wining coach Mannetti adds that most players in his plans has arrived barring the Platinum Stars duo of Benson Shilongo and Willem Mwedihanga, who will join the team in West Africa after their club’s CAF Confederations Cup assignment over the weekend; while Petrus Shitembi of Stellenbosch FC, competing in the promotional playoff to the Premier Soccer League, will join the team on 04 June.

“The captain, Ronald (Ketjijere) will join as next week as well as soon as he's done with his Justice Training Centre studies. I have a squad of 24 players and in will trip that down to 18 to play in Bissau and then we come back home as some players need to play the Debmarine Namibia Cup and after that we head to South Africa for the 2017 COSAFA Castle Cup that starts on 25 June”, says Mannetti.

The Brave warriors are Group K together with Zambia, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique for the 2019 AFCON qualifiers.

Here are the 24 Brave Warriors: goalkeepers- Virgil Vries, Maximillian Mbaeva, defenders- Willem Mwedihanga, Tiberius Lombard, Chris Katjiukua, Ferdinand Karongee, Riaan Hanamub, Ananias Gebhardt, Larry Horaeb, Edmund Kambanda, midfielders- Ronald Ketjijere (captain), Denzil Haoseb, Oswaldo Xamseb, Dynamo Fredericks, Wang Gome, Benyamin Nenkavu, Deon Hotto, Petrus Shitembi, Absalom Iimbondi, strikers- Benson Shilongo, Itamunua Keimuine, Hendrick Somaeb, Peter Shalulile, Roger Katjiteo.