Saturday 17 April 2021
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Shalulile confident in another Brave’s Cosafa triumph

Brave Warriors striking favourite Peter Shalulile who plays for South African Premier League side Highlands Park FC is confident that the Braves will overcome Zambia tomorrow in their (Southern Africa Football Associations) Cosafa quarter-finals clash at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium in South Africa.
Shalulile, who is unable to join the Braves due to an injury he is nursing, told The Patriot that not being part of the team is an unplanned blow to him but he has faith that the boys will do the job.
“I feel bad for not being part of the national team because I was really looking forward to play for Namibia and making Namibians happy again,” he said.
“The team we have in the competition has players who are very good and who have shown that they want to play and die for the country.
We have beaten Zambia in a lot of tournaments and we will surely beat them again.
I’m very confident,” Shalulile communicated to The Patriot from South Africa.
Shalulile will be out of action for six weeks.
The athletic lad had a prosperous season at Highlands Park Football Club this season, helping the club qualify for top-flight football (Premier Soccer League) next year after a year of plying their trade in the National First Division.
At the club’s annual awards, the silky striker was the biggest winner, scooping both the Golden Boot Award with his 15 goals and the Players’ Player of the Year accolade. The 25-year old, joined the club in 2015 from Tura Magic following a rousing performance at the 2015 Cosafa Cup, which inspired Namibia to a historic first Cosafa Cup triumph that year.
“We will surely expect a tough game on Saturday where the men will be separated from the boys.
I wish the Brave Warriors all the best and I know they will make us proud.”
Be that as it may, it will be equal perking when the Braves go toe to toe with Zambia as coach Ricardo Mannetti is obstinate that they will get the win.
The team has been preparing for the competition at the Pretoria’s High Performance Centre.
Mannetti maintained that the team is ready to lock horns with a strong Zambian side, which to him is a ‘familiar opponent’.
“We know Zambia now. We have played against them about five times, so they are a familiar opponent.
A win will be something massive for the team and the country. It will also give us a further psychological edge over Zambia, since we are going to play them later this year in the Afcon qualifiers. So it will mean a lot.”
Mannetti is yet to confirm the availability of stalwarts Wangu Gome, Ananias Gebhardt and Denzil Haoseb’ who are still committed in the South African Premier League promotion/delegation playoffs. Mannetti said his team is busy negotiating with the respective clubs to get the players for tomorrow’s clash.
“The three players are not guaranteed to be out. We are still negotiating with the clubs to get them released before the game. Should it not go through, we have been preparing without them, so it will not be a massive blow. But they remain important players to have in the team,” Mannetti said.
The following players travelled to Polokwane: Ratanda Mbazuvara (African Stars), Maximillian Mbaeva (Golden Arrows),Ferdinand Karongee (Tigers) Vitapi Ngaruka (Black Africa), Tiberius Lombard (Lusaka Dynamos), Donovan Kanjaa(Young African) Riaan Hanamub (Orlando Pirates), Charles Hambira (Tura Magic) Emilio Martin and Dynamo Fredericks(Black Africa), Ronald Ketjijere (African Stars), Gustav Isaak, Absalom Iimbondi( Tigers) Ikuaterua Hoveka(Young African), Marcel Papama (UNAM ) Willem Pinehas, (Eleven Arrows), Deon Hotto( Bloemfontein Celtic) Panduleni Nekundi( African Stars),Itamunua Keimuine(Tura Magic).
On the same day, Lesotho faces Swaziland in the quarterfinals while South Africa will look forward to facing winner of Group A. Zimbabwe will face winner of Group B.

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