Namibia captain Ronald Ketjijere says his country’s squad is a good balance between youth and experience as they prepare to regain the COSAFA Cup trophy they famously won in 2015.
The Brave Warriors face a tough quarterfinal against Zambia on Saturday, but Ketjijere believes they have the ability to go all the way this year.
“The spirit is very high, we have some new guys and youngsters that have joined. The preparations have been going well, the team looks good,” Ketjijere said.
“It is the end of the season and everybody has been playing for their clubs, so we shouldn’t have an issue with fitness.
“They are here now to represent the national team, which is up a level, so we are pushing for the last few days. We are doing a lot of tactical work.
“We want to do well in the COSAFA Cup, but we have a challenge as we are facing Zambia, who can call a strong squad. It will be a good platform for both teams to test each other’s strengths and see their weaknesses.
”We have to take one game at a time and see how far we can go, out aim is to lift the trophy.”
Ketjijere was also skipper when the side lifted the COSAFA Cup in South Africa in 2915 and says the squad has not changed all that much in the last three years.
“The squad is more or less the same, though there are a few more youngsters. We have a good balance, a lot of speed. The senior players must provide guidance to the young players on and off the field.”
Namibia won the Plate final on home soil in 2016 and were losing finalists in that competition last year as well.