Rukoro pleased with Lesotho draw

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The Brave Warriors could have not wished for a better draw and will have to be at their best when the face Lesotho on Saturday in the 2017 COSAFA Castle Cup quarterfinals at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa .

Speaking ahead of the team’s departure for South Africa on Wednesday, Namibia Footfall Association (NFA) Secretary General Barry Rukoro declares that given the state of affairs with in the local set up, the quarterfinal clash against Lesotho could have not come at a better time.

“ Given our financial setbacks and the inactivity of our domestic league, we could have not wished for a better draw than this one. Thanks to our previous exploits, we ranked better and hence the quarterfinals and that saves us a lot of playing time and only training and training to be ready and fresh to face Lesotho”, Rukoro says.

He adds that he was confident the boys have what it takes to get past Lesotho and into the semifinals.

“ It will be first game for both countries and that is equal footing and we should be able to negotiate our way past Lesotho”.

Having overseen the Brave Warriors take on neighbors Botswana in plenty of memorable clashes down the years, Rukoro is still reeling from the 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup quarterfinal penalty shoot-out defeat to the Zebras and wants revenge in South Africa.

“ We still have some unfinished business with Botswana and I hope they boys progress and we meet them somewhere to settle our score”, states Rukoro.

In 2016 in Windhoek, host Namibia lost 5-4 on penalties to Botswana after a 1-1 draw. In 2017, Namibia and Botswana can only meet in the final of either the Cosafa Castle Plate section or Cup Section, given the draw format.

The Brave Warriors head coach Ricardo Mannetti will be announcing his final squad on Tuesday ahead of their departure on Wednesday.