Namibia Jet In Thursday As Coach Warns Eagles
Posted: May 28, 2012
Play Goalless Against Mozambique In Germany
The Brave Warriors of Namibia will arrive Nigeria from their training base in Germany on Thursday.
The team,under the coaching tutelage of Bernard Kaanjuka drew 0-0 with Mozambique in an exhibition game on Saturday in Würzburg, also in Germany and have since returned to their training base in Kamen-Kaiserau from where they will travel to Nigeria on Thursday.
The match was played as preparation for the Brave Warriors’ first 2014 World Cup Qualifier against Nigeria on June 3 in Calabar.
According to Namibia Sport,the Brave Warriors were the early aggressors, with striker Tangeni Shipahu carrying the ball into the Mozambican half on a number of occasions and were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty on 10 minutes when it appeared that Sadney Urikhob was brought down in the box.
Mozambique frustrated the Namibian attack with some solid defending at times. The Namibians however also made things difficult for themselves with poor finishing.
Kaanjuka was satisfied with the display his charges put up.
“The game went according to plan as we were trying out players in new positions,” Kaanjuka said.
“The result was a fair one, since we had our chances but could not convert them. However, our last match was in February and now we are struggling with getting back to where we were. We are struggling with fitness a little bit,” he added.
“But we are hoping that by the time we play Nigeria, we will be there.”
“We had some chances, the problem was poor finishing on our side,” he continued.
The coach has howvever warned Nigeria his boys will not roll over they set foot on the lush-green U.J Esuene stadium in Calabar.
''We are not going to roll over for anyone.I was listening to Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi talking about Namibia and he doesn’t seem to rate us that much. He will feel us when we play them'',he said albeit admitted he won't put too much pressure on the shoulder of his largely inexperienced team.
Kaanjuka says his philosophy is to take pressure off his team and leave worrying about results to the coaching staff.
“I tell them to go out and enjoy themselves, stick to the plans and the tactics but don't get worried about the result. Particularly against an experienced side like Nigeria, we don’t want the players to be overawed. They must feel they just need to go out and do their best,” he explained in an interview on FIFA.com.
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