The Namibian (Windhoek)

8 January 2013

Namibia: Bernard Kaanjuka Keen On Chan Success

INTERIM Namibia senior national team head coach Bernard Kaanjuka has targeted success in the 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan).

On Sunday, Namibia were drawn to face Mozambique in the competition's first round of qualifying.

Kaanjuka is of the opinion that his current crop of players are capable of attaining success in the tournament, which is exclusively contested by players who ply their trade on the continent.

The first leg is scheduled to take place between June 21-23 in Mozambique, while Namibia will host the second leg between July 5-7.

"We have to qualify for the finals. If we beat Mozambique then we have a chance of going further in the competition," Kaanjuka said.

Namibia beat Mozambique 3-0 in friendly in Windhoek in February last year and the side drew 0-0 in Wuerzburg, Germany three months later.

"We have played mozambique before and they are not a bad team. So for us it's not to say it's a favourable draw. When you are in a competition, you don't know what to expect. So we will have to be ready for the unexpected," said Kaanjuka.

He added that he has a more or less settled pool of players to work with, given that 80 per cent of the current Brave Warriors are home based.

Despite the prospect of some his regulars leaving for greener pastures abroad during the January transfer period, Kaanjuka said he intends to reach the later stages of the tournament.

"Whatever the circumstances in terms of availability of players, if you do good away, then you have a chance. To get an advantage, you must make sure you score away and try not to concede, then you make sure you win your home game," he said.

The full draw is as follows: North - Algeria v Libya, Tunisia (holders) v Morocco (winners qualify for finals); West A - Senegal v Mauritania, Mali v Guinea (winners qualify); West B - Benin v Ghana, Nigeria v Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso v Niger (winners qualify); Central - Cameroon v Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo v Congo Brazzaville (winners qualify, plus winners of play-off between losers); Central-East - Burundi v Sudan, Ethiopia v Rwanda, Tanzania v Uganda

(winners qualify); South - Mauritius v Zimbabwe, Mozambique v Namibia, Swaziland v Angola, Botswana v Zambia (winners qualify for second round).

Hosts South Africa qualify automatically.

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