Namibia’s Warriors

THE Brave Warriors kicked off their training camp on Monday morning at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek, with Coach Bernard Kaanjuka comfortable with knowing little about the Rwanda team they face in a friendly international on Saturday.

With the exception of Thailand-based duo of Tangeni Shipahu and Lazarus Kaimbi, Kaanjuka said all called-up players had made it to camp.

“I am happy to report that I have all my players in camp and the Thailand-based players are expected to report for camp on Thursday as they will be in action on Wednesday night for their club Osotspa”, Kaanjuka stated.

On the players’ fitness, Kaanjuka said although they have not played much, the South African-based players are much fitter than the locals but he expects all to be on par after round five of the Namibia Primer League.

The latest of the foreign-based players to arrive is Germany’s Hansa Rostock midfielder Manfred Starke, who jetted home on Tuesday morning.

The Rwanda team is expected to arrive in Windhoek on tomorrow and Kaanjuka says he knows nothing about them but will prepare his team as best as he can and hope for the best.

“We have our own game plan we working on and since we don’t know anything about them and they don’t know anything about us, it will be a fifty-fifty game and come game time, we will try to maximise on our plan,” he said.

Rwanda first plays Botswana today before engaging the Brave Warriors on Saturday. The hosts will use the match to warm up for the World Cup Qualifier against Malawi on March 22.

Namibia and Rwanda will meet again on November 11 in Kigali at the Stade Amahoro in another friendly international.

Saturday’s match will be played at the Independence Stadium and starts at 18h00.

The match will be preceded by the first leg CAF U/17 Championship qualifier between Namibia and Rwanda at 15h00.