Warriors need to win

Michael Uugwanga

THE Brave Warriors know that a win against Senegal will see them move up in the FIFA rankings when the two countries meets on Saturday, 3 September, in the last match of the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Cup qualifiers in Senegal.

The Brave Warriors are ranked 121 in the world and 36 in Africa and a win against Senegal, ranked number 41 in the world and fourth on the continent, could see the Warriors moving up in the ranking.

The Warriors are already out of contention to qualify to the 2017 AFCON in Gabon even if they beat Senegal, as they will only finish the campaign on six points with a win.

Coach Ricardo Mannetti is still to decide who to pick between the goalposts with number stopper Max Mabeva and former number keeper Virgil Vries vying to start against the West African giant.  Vries makes his first return to the Warriors squad after he was axed by coach Mannetti in June for going AWOL.

Namibia lost to Senegal 2-0 last year in Windhoek in the AFCON match and will be looking to avenge themselves against the superstars of Senegal that comprises of Sane Mane of Liverpool, Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafro Sakho (both West Ham, England).

Namibia, on the other hand, have talented players who on any day are just as a good as any player in the Senegal squad,  such as the likes of Deon Hotto, Petrus Shitembi, Wangu Gome, Dynao Fredericks and Peter Shalulile.

The Warriors head into the match from the back of winning the Plate final in the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup in June after the country failed to retain the COSAFA Cup senior challenge.