8 January 2013

Namibia: Bester Out for Two Weeks

Windhoek — Incumbent Brave Warriors interim coach, Bernard Kaanjuka has suffered a major blow ahead of their two crucial international friendly matches against Morocco and reigning African champions Zambia, after it was confirmed yesterday that midfielder Rudolph Bester will not be available for both encounters as he has been ruled out for two weeks due to a nagging ankle injury.

The injury-hit Bester, went for an ankle scan last Friday after twisting his ankle during a training session last week Wednesday and coach Kaanjuka confirmed that the scan results were negative and he at least needs about two weeks to recuperate fully.

"He has already left for Johannesburg to be assessed by the Orlando Pirates medical staff, as well and to undergo further treatment. We were considering a replacement but it is very tough at this point in time, given that most local clubs have not yet started with training and that makes it a bit hard to get hold of fully fit players. But we have other options amongst the players we currently have within our squad, since most of them can play in various positions so I am not that much worried," Kaanjuka said.

With regard to veteran striker Henrico Botes, who is yet to report for training, Kaanjuka said they have been trying to get hold of the striker but their efforts have not yet yielded any results.

"His team Platinum Stars will also be playing friendly games against the 2013 AFCON participating countries and so we will see how it goes. We can link up with him there, if he does not reach us by the time of our departure," he explained.

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