Shitembi foresees tough match
Petrus Shitembi is not sugar-coating what lies ahead, saying they are going up against very strong host.
13 November 2020 | Sports
Brave Warriors captain Petrus Shitembi said today’s match against Mali will be a difficult task, as they will face a very strong and experienced side in the first leg of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier match.
The 28-year-old, who, on club level, plies his trade for Malaysia Super League club Sabah was speaking from the West African country’s capital, Bamako, and said Mali also wants to qualify for Afcon and will give it their best.
He, however, added that Namibia is also in it to win it.
“We have to execute what the coach and technical side puts on the table and take it from there.
“Arriving early helped us to acclimatise. The weather has been fine, not bad as we expected, so far in terms of training, we have been getting along. There are a couple of new faces but football is football so it’s pretty good,” he said.
Mali an experienced team
His teammate Deon Hotto said Mali is a very experienced team and that it will be a tough game.
“But we are ready for it. With the players the coach has assembled, we can definitely get something out of the match. I’m ready for whatever will come.
“I need to replicate what I did in Friday’s match against Kaizer Chiefs,” Hotto said.
The 29-year-old was named the man of the match after his side, Orlando Pirates, won 2-0 to qualify for the MTN8 final.
The Namibian side will return from Mali on Saturday for the second leg on 17 November at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.