NAMIBIA under-17 coach Christy Guruseb believes his side is in need of a miracle in order to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Burkina Faso on Saturday in their second leg 2013 CAF Under-17 Championship qualifier.
The defeat on October 13 at Windhoek’s Independence Stadium has made it that much harder for the Namibians to eliminate reigning African under-17 champions Burkina Faso from the race for a place at the main event in Algeria next next year. Guruseb admits that the team have a big mountain to climb if they are to entertain hopes of reaching the 2013 finals.
“We have our backs against the wall and we will go there and try to keep the score under control and also try to get our own chances and take them. Football is a game and sometimes you need to enjoy it and sometimes miracles can happen and you can have the unexpected,” stated Guruseb.
According Guruseb, the undermining factors in the first leg were the lack of experience in his team and the overly expectant home crowd.
“I can say that we have an inexperienced side and internationally they were also stage-frightened. I can tell that the home supporters expected so much from them and that was too much pressure on the boys,” Guruseb said on the eve of the team’s departure to Ouagadougou on Tuesday afternoon. The coach added that they have since worked on the tactical discipline of the players.
“Tactical awareness is very important for team. Players need to know when to attack and defend as a team and we have worked very hard on these areas.” The winner of the Namibia/Burkina Faso fixture will face the winner of the Ethiopia/Tunisia clash, with the eventual winner booking their place at the biennial championships next year in April.
The Namibia squad remains unchanged from that which played in the first leg encounter.
In the team are:
Kenny Glen Kamuchete, Jonas Matheus, Kevin Kahman, Marius Hashipala, Luciano Fischer, Pienhas Willem, Mike Wamunyima, Jerome Jagger, Jacob Nakambule, Guran van Wyk, Tony Isaack, George Haikali, Moses Owoseb, Ernst Stuurman, Cartsen Horn, Petrus Shivute, Kennedy Eib, Merko Wollf, Ricardo Katjatenja, Waun-lee Mwanzi and Uaseukuo Katjiukua.