The nation’s support drives us – Brave Warriors

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Thousands of Namibians flocked to the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Sunday afternoon to cheer and witness and the Brave Warriors 1-0 win over Zimbabwe in the African Nations Championships qualifiers and appreciation are in order.

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) and their flagship team were at the mercy of the nation ahead of the game given the state of affairs in local football and the Brave Warriors run at the recent Cosafa cup in South Africa but on Sunday, Namibians yet again demonstrated their unconditional passion for the national team.

“ On Thursday, I called on 10 000 to come and see us play but boy was I caught complete off guard. To see so many people gets me very emotional and determined not to disappoint them and when we got the goal, I paused and then celebrated; it was unbelievable how many people were at the stadium. It was just incredible and I wanted and prayed for that moment to last until the end. Thank you Namibia”, coach Ricardo Mannetti says.

NFA Secretary General Barry Rukoro is equally elated and adds that hard times will come and pass.

“As an Association we work very hard to make sure we have the best of football in this country and we will continue to explore and imagine the best for the people’s game. On Sunday Namibians again displayed unreserved love for the national team and it remains our wish to have as many more internationals at home and bring our people together in harmony and unity like on Sunday and of course with a desired result of winning”, Rukoro explains.

Brave Warriors captain Ronald Ketjijere too shares his sentiments on atmosphere at the majestic Sam Nujoma Stadium.

“ When we came out to warm, we kind of had our heads down looking at the stands but when we came out to line-up and play we could see the numbers have picked up and I had a feeling they would increase. It is our responsibility as players to keep the people in love with the team and we always get onto the pitch and give our best and on Sunday it was exceptional. We never felt discouraged and for us it was maturity from the supporters; they understand where we are and what we what to achieve. We now prepare for the second leg with so much pride and drive to do even better”, sates Ketjijere.

Namibia and Zimbabwe will meet again on Sunday, 23 July at the Harare Sports Stadium for their second round second leg match with the eventual winner progressing to the third and final round where either Lesotho or Comoros awaits on the round to Kenya 2018.