The Namibian (Windhoek)

10 January 2013

Namibia: Injured Isaacks On the Mend

INFLUENTIAL Brave Warriors midfielder Heinrich Isaacks is steadily recovering from a groin injury suffered during training last week.

The player will undergo a late fitness test before the team's departure on Friday to South Africa, according to coach Bernard Kaanjuka.

He said Isaacks is showing positive signs of recovery and could yet be included in the squad to face Morocco and Zambia.

"He is not 100 percent yet but the doctor is working with him and he has started jogging and that is good. We have to wait and see but I am very hopeful," said Kaanjuka.

Kaanjuka said he will also enquire about the severity of star forward Rudolf Bester's bruised ankle later this week, while South African-based striker Henrico Botes is expected to link up with his teammates in Johannesburg tomorrow.

The Warriors are set to play Morocco in an international friendly match at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday and will then play African champions Zambia on January 15 at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

Zambia suffered a third consecutive friendly defeat when losing 2-0 to fellow qualifiers Angola Saturday in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations warm-up and on Tuesday played to goalless draw with Morocco in another friendly.

Zambia, who begin the defence of their title on January 21 against Ethiopia in Nelspruit, also lost away to Saudi Arabia and Tanzania last month.

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