You can't choose how you lose – Samaria

The interim coach of the Brave Warriors, Bobby Samaria, says one cannot choose how you lose in football as it is not in your hands, but you can choose how you come back, prepare and win.

17 November 2020 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI

WINDHOEK



Les Aigles of Mali will face the Brave Warriors of Namibia in today's Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) second-leg encounter at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.

Despite having opportunities to score, the Namibians lost the first encounter against Les Aigles 1-0 on Friday evening through a first-half penalty scored by El Bilal Toure, but are looking to turn the tables on the visitors.

Regarding their away loss, Samaria said lessons have been learned and the players are preparing to correct those mistakes.

He said they performed way better in the second half and could have won or at least drawn the match.



Home-ground advantage

Speaking about the match at hand, Samaria said playing at home is important for them to win the match.

“In Mali we had two approaches – one was to first try and defend to get us over the line at halftime. That didn't happen; we conceded a penalty. Second half we started offensively. Here it's in reverse. We will start on the front foot,” he said.



As it stands

Guinea are on eight points, followed by Mali with seven points, Namibia is on three points, whereas Chad has one point in Group A.

In regard to the standing, Samaria said there is still hope of qualifying if they get the three points tonight as the gap will be narrowed. “We still believe that we can do it and we will fight all the way.”

The match will kick off at 18:00 and will be broadcast live on NBC. No spectators will be allowed into the stadium.

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