Warriors not here to sit back and defend – coach

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Namibia coach Ronnie Kanalelo

Namibia coach Ronnie Kanalelo

Namibia National Football team Coach Ronnie Kanalelo says his boys are ready to face Zambia in Saturday’s 2016 CHAN first round, second leg qualifier to be played at Lusaka’s Nkoloma Stadium.

Speaking on arrival at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Kanalelo said he has psyched the players not to be complacent with the 2-1 lead from the first leg.

The plane carrying the Brave Warriors touched down at 13:15 hrs CAT on Wednesday.

“We haven’t come to Zambia to give the tie to them on a silver plate. We worked hard for our victory in the first leg.

“We have a 2 – 1 lead and I am pretty comfortable with it. Coming into the Zambian territory, we know what to expect; we are not going to sit and let them come at us. They punch, we punch or we try to go one level for every punch they throw at us. That is basically our approach.”Namibia on arrival

“We are not a defensive minded team. We always try to go at the opponent. We have to give work to our opponents’ coach.

“We can not just sit there and say go for it because the other team is playing deep in our own half. We will go through all the moments; we will press high, press in the middle and then if we come out of all those situations then we will defend deep.

“We will use every opportunity that we have. We want to be a little bit aggressive. We want to be a little bit arrogant on the ball and hopefully the best team will win.”

Kanalelo then emphasised that the absence of two players from the team which started in Windhoek a fortnight ago did not mean that he had travelled to Lusaka with a weakened team.Namibian players at the airport

“We had an injury to one player the day before yesterday (Monday) and that one is out but we have other players who can take up the position so there will be eleven players when the match kicks off.

“Willie Stefanus was in the starting line up and he scored a brilliant goal but now he is out. He went for trials in Thailand,” he said.

“I hope that Zambia have revenge on their minds. I heard something about their coach talking about revenge. I hope that they will play the game with emotions and that will be good for us,” Kanalelo added.

And team Captain Heinrich Isaacks said it will not be an easy match because Zambia will not relax.

The team was received by Namibian High Commissioner to Zambia Lennard Nambahu who urged the players not to relent in finishing off what they have already started.

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