WINDHOEK: Brave Warriors’ interim coach Bernard Kaanjuka will start his preparations for the Rwanda friendly match this Friday. Kaanjuka was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) on Wednesday that the 13 October international friendly match against Rwanda will be crucial for his team as they prepare for various crucial games for next year.
“We are playing Malawi next year in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and we need all the games we can get to keep our players together,” he noted.
Namibia will also be in action in the CHAN (African Nations Championship-sometimes referred to as African Championship of Nations) competition for locally-based players.
Kaanjuka said the Rwanda game is a blessing indeed.
The training squad will be announced on Thursday morning after the midweek Namibia Premier League game between newly-promoted Tura Magic and WesBank Tigers football clubs on Wednesday evening.
“You have to give everyone a fair chance, but on Friday we will start with training and later on as the days go by, the professionals based in Thailand and neighbouring South Africa will join the squad and play on 13 October this year,” said the caretaker coach.
Asked what he knows about the Rwandan team, Kaanjuka said he does not know much about them, but expects a tough game.
“I only know that they drew 0-0 at home against Nigeria, and lost away in Nigeria. Most of the information on the Internet is in their home language, and we cannot find much about this team.
I have seen videos of their youth team online, and they are a quality side. For this reason, we will prepare for them with all we have,” explained Kaanjuka.
Tickets for the 13 October clash at the Independence Stadium are on sale for N.dollars 30 each, and that match kicks off at 16h30.
The two nations will meet again in Kigali, Rwanda, on 14 November this year as Namibia prepares for her 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Malawi on 22 March 2013.
Locally-based players will be facing the Seychelles in the CHAN 2014 qualifiers, starting with the away leg in June 2013 and the second leg at home in July 2013.
The 2014 CHAN championship will be hosted by neighbouring South Africa.