The Brave Warriors of Namibia will kick off their Group D campaign against Guinea at Limbe Stadium on Tuesday (19 January 2021) in Match Day 1 of Group D at the ongoing Total African Nations Championship (CHAN), Cameroon 2020.
After reaching the quarterfinals on their debut at the 2018 edition in Morocco, Namibia coach Bobby Samaria has made it clear they are aiming higher.
“Although my players have not had a lot of game time due to the fact that we have not had a League since 2018, the team is very determined to roar and prove a point,” said Samaria.
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He made it clear that missing out on build-up matches, and having their preparations affected by 11 players tested positive for COVID-19, has instead motivated them more.
“It is important to ensure we play well and win the first game. The result of the first games always sets the tone of what will happen next,” he added.
Namibia coach said Guinea is a good team with good players, but he has put a strategy for his team to get a good result. “My players need to take their chances and also defend well with a lot of discipline.”
The Brave Warriors will look to the experience of Tigers midfielder Absalom Manjana Limbondi who is also a starter in the senior national team, together with Gregory Aukumeb, Gustav Isaak and Pat-Nevin Zeuruieza Uanyi.
But the Syli National of Guinea have also made it clear they came to CHAN for business. “We did not perform well at the 2018 edition by failing to get out of the group. Now we know a lot is expected of us and we must perform,” said coach Mohamed Kanfory Bangoura.
“We do not have any excuse because the team camped in Morocco and played two friendly matches as well. The players need to follow the instructions attentively to be able to execute,” he explained.
The experienced coach said his team is hungry to get to further stages of the tournament like they did in 2016 when they lost to eventual winners DR Congo on penalties at the semifinal and finished fourth.
“I respect Namibia team because they are tactically good, but I trust my boys to come out better and collect maximum points,” added Bangoura.
Experienced striker Ibrahima Sory Camara, a former professional with several clubs in Moldova including FC Dinamo Auto together with midfielder Mory Kante and Mohamed Kalil Traore are expected to play pivotal leading roles for Guinea.