By Staff Reporter
The Patriot Sports caught up with Coach Bobby Samaria to gauge the mood of the team and what they hope to achieve in their CHAN Leg 1 of 2 matches against Madagascar on Sunday.
“I think our physical condition is okay, what we lack at this point is game time. This team last played together versus Comoros at home, but I am confident that we can overcome the game time issue on match day.
Mentally I think we are prepared for the challenge that lies ahead and look forward to finding football solutions to those challenges,” the coach said.
Coach Samaria said after the match that guaranteed Namibia a place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Group Qualifiers that “it was very evident against the balance of play that we were the better team”. This comment he made after Namibia won against Eritrea on an aggregate of 4-1.
This time around, Samaria assures that while not being oblivious to the threat that Madagascar presents, the team is in high spirits and morale within the camp is high.
“Madagascar is better ranked then us, but ranking will mean nothing on the day because I am of the opinion that whoever is hungry enough and clinical in the final third will harvest from their labour.
And of course, the team that defends better, makes less mistakes and have the edge,” he said further.
The Brave Warriors need an away goal or goals “and we will take it from there” the coach concluded.
Namibians are hoping for a repeat of the Eritrea game, from which the Brave Warriors walked away victoriously, leaving the Eritreans trailing behind with a 4-1 on aggregate victory.
“We just need Shalulile to be on top form again,” one enthusiast said.
Samaria said after the Eritrea match “it was a day of letting the birds fly and we let the boys do their thing today. We were in control and never really troubled by the opposition and we knew how to get over the line. It was a perfect day and we can only march on and see how it gets in the next round.”
The team that win on aggregate will qualify for the tournament.