The Namibian (Windhoek)

4 January 2013

Namibia: Warriors Get Another Friendly

NAMIBIA have secured a friendly international against another Africa Cup of Nations bound side in former continental champions Morocco on January 12 at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg.

The Brave Warriors are also scheduled to play reigning African champion Zambia on January 15 in Nelspruit.

An upbeat interim Brave Warriors head coach Bernard Kaanjuka expects both matches to be another positive experience for his evolving charges.

"Firstly the world rankings are very important for us as well, secondly we have our pride at stake and thirdly we are preparing our team for the 25 March clash against Malawi and so every game we play now is that vital and necessary for our cause for all intends and purposes."

However, following the festive break, Kaanjuka said he was concerned about the fitness levels of some members of his 20-man squad, who reported for camp on Wednesday.

He said he was particularly concerned about the players who ply their trade at home, as Namibian players have a penchant for overindulging during the festive season.

Those who fail their fitness test face the prospect of being axed from the team, Kaanjuka, a renowned hard task master, said.

"There is nothing you can do about the fitness with only ten days before the match," he said. "We gave them something to keep themselves fit during the break. It's all about professionalism.

"I'm going to do a test. Those that fail will be left out."

The team reported for camp on Wednesday with the exception of Henrico Botes, who is still in South Africa.

The Brave Warriors, who train at the NFA technical centre, are expected to travel to South Africa on January 10.

"We will still contact him (Botes) to see if he is coming down here or we meet up there. He is a great professional and we will see how we can link with him," said Kaanjuka.

Here is the full list of players called up for these friendly games!

Virgil Vries, Ephraim Tjihonge, Willem Mwedihanga, Larry Horaeb, Jamu Ngatjizeko, Da Costa Angula, Denzil Haoseb, Teberius Lombard, Emilio Martin, Willy Stephanus, Petrus Shitembi, Eslin Kamuhanga, Ronald Ketjijere, Neville Tjiueza, Lazarus Kaimbi, Heini Isaacs, Rudolf Bester, Sadney Urikhob, Henrico Botes and Tangeni Shipahu.

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