Warriors trio doubtful for SA clash


The Brave Warriors are sweating on the fitness of strikers Itamunua Keimuine and Panduleni Nekundi as well as anchorman Dyanamo Fredericks ahead of their Tuesday’s Cosafa Cup Plate Section semifinal clash against South Africa in Polokwane.

Namibia and South Africa lost their respective quarterfinals on penalties to Zambia and Madagascar and will now have another chance to win silverware in the Plate Section and their quest starts on Tuesday, 17h00 in the semifinals.

However, Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti might have to do without the regulars Itamunua Keimuine, Panduleni Nekundi and Dyanamo Fredericks as they nurse injuries from the first game.

“These guys are having some minor injuries but time will tell and the medical team have to give me a report to make decision on the way forward. We have 22 players in camp and it is for situations like this that others are given a chance to play. They need to raise their hands up and this is their chance” says Mannetti referring to the others players that might come in on Tuesday against South Africa.

For the game, Mannetti states that he expects a better and different Brave Warriors to show up after a lackluster performance against Zambia in the Cup exit.
“It will be another tough game for us. First it was Zambia and now another powerhouse in the region, South Africa. These are the games we yearn for and we got to play them and play with all our hearts. I was not impressed with our ball possession against Zambia as the more we gave the ball away, the more we had to defend and it made things difficult. I expect an improved performance from the boys on Tuesday” explains Mannetti.

Dynamo could be replaced by Wangu Gome who Mannetti confirms will be available on Tuesday for the game after release from his club Platinum Stars while Ananias Gerhardt and Denzil Haoseb , from Jomo Cosmos too will both play tomorrow, Mannetti says.

The Brave Warriors at Cosafa Cup: Ratanda Mbazuvara (African Stars), Maximillian Mbaeva (Golden Arrows),Ferdinand Karongee (Tigers) Vitapi Ngaruka (Black Africa), Tiberius Lombard (Lusaka Dynamos), Donovan Kanjaa(Young African) Riaan Hanamub ( Orlando Pirates), Charles Hambira (Tura Magic) Emilio Martin and Dynamo Fredericks(Black Africa), Ronald Ketjijere (African Stars), Gustav Isaak, Absalom Iimbondi( Tigers) Ikuaterua Hoveka(Young African), Marcel Papama (UNAM ) Willem Pinehas, (Eleven Arrows), Deon Hotto( Bloemfontein Celtic) Panduleni Nekundi( African Stars),Itamunua Keimuine(Tura Magic), Wangu Gome (Platinum Stars) and Ananias Gerhardt and Denzil Haoseb ( both Jomo Cosmos).