These games are vital- Ketjijere

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The Brave Warriors are happy to have played and won against Botswana on Saturday in an international friendly match played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium as they look ahead to the 2018 African Nations Championship finals in January.

A brace from Peter Shalulile and a goal by Roger Katjiteo propelled the Brave Warriors to a well-deserved 3-1 win over rivals Botswana on Saturday and captain Ronald Ketjijere says it was necessary for them to play the game.

“As you know of our situation at home, it was a good run for us. No football going on and for us it’s about getting the momentum going with more game time and training in preparations for the upcoming tournament in January”.

Ketjijere also identified some areas of concern for the team such as lose of concentration at crucial time of the game, something they will need to work on.

“Despite the win, it was important for us to identify issues such as wrong passes and lapses of concentration and therefore these games can help us make things right and hopefully we get more games and try to perfect our game and go for the CHAN finals and try to do our best as well”, pleads Ketjijere.

The Brave Warriors will now wait and see who they will play in November as coach Ricardo Mannetti reveals that there will possible be two international friendlies for the team next month.

The 2018 African Nations Championship will be the 5th edition of the finals, a biennial football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) exclusively featuring players from the respective national championships. It is scheduled to take place between 12 January and 4 February 2018 with a new host to be announced this month, after CAF striped Kenya off the hosting rights due to lack of progress with preparations. Ethiopia, Morocco and Equatorial Guinea are contesting hosting the finals.

DR Congo are the defending champions but failed to qualify for the first time ever after losing to Congo on away goals rule.