Crunch time for Warriors
The Cosafa Cup champions of 2015 will begin their hunt for a second title tomorrow against Zambia.
01 June 2018 | Sports
The squad includes seasoned Cosafa Cup campaigners, with some of the class of 2015 still in the mix.
However, Zambia is taking no prisoners and have decided to select their strongest squad for the tie. The Namibians will rely on their 2015 hero Deon Hotto, who had an impressive season at Bloemfontein Celtic.
“We both preparing for our meeting in September in the 2019 Afcon qualifiers and this match on Saturday will be huge. I knew Zambia will bring a strong team and our technical team have done their homework.
“We just need to execute our plan to perfection on match day,” Brave Warriors captain Ronald Ketjijere said.
The Zambians are expected to play on the wings, in order to stretch their opponents.
It was this system they used when the two teams met at the Africa Nations Championship (Chan) earlier this year.
Namibia won the Cosafa Cup in 2015, before claiming the plate competition on home soil the following year. They again made the plate decider in 2017, but this time lost to hosts South Africa.
The following players travelled to Polokwane today from Pretoria, where they have been based since Saturday: 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 and Absalom Iimbondi (Tigers), Ikuaterua Hoveka (Young African), Marcel Papama (Unam), Willem Pinehas (Eleven Arrows), Deon Hotto (Bloemfontein Celtic), Panduleni Nekundi (African Stars) and Itamunua Keimuine (Tura Magic).
The Zambia squad is as follows: Kenny Mumba (Red Arrows), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco), Paul Banda (Lusaka Dynamos), Billy Mutale (Power Dynamos), Isaac Shamujompa (Buildcon), Shemmy Mayembe and Bournwell Silengo (Zesco United), Ngosa Sunzu (Buildcon), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco), Martin Sikaonga (Nakambala Leopards), Benson Sakala, Larry Bwalya and Kelvin Kampamba (Power Dynamos), Clatous Chama and Collins Sikombe (Lusaka Dynamos), John Ching'andu (Zesco United), Jackson Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Lazarous Kambole (Zesco United) and Emmanuel Chabula (Kitwe United) and Ronald Kampamba (Nkana).
Jesse Jackson Kauraisa