Warriors plot Lone Star downfall
By: SHEEFENI NIKODEMUS
THE Brave Warriors will use more than home advantage to
overturn the one-goal deficit against Liberia tomorrow,
coach Bernard Kaanjuka said yesterday.
Kaanjuka feels the cold weather, coupled with the fact that
the visitors are plagued by indiscipline and are renowned as
poor travelers, already gives his side the edge in the
second leg 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Liberia have lost all 19 of their last games on the road –
an uninspiring statistic that the Warriors are “ready” to
extend to 20 following the expulsion of three experienced
Liberian players from camp for breaking team curfew.
Anthony Laffor, Francis Grandpa and Dioh Williams, who
scored the winner during the first leg qualifier against the
Brave Warriors earlier this year, were this week suspended
for constant violation of the national team player code of
Add to Kaanjuka’s assertion that the Lone Star was lucky to
win 1-0 in Monrovia, then the Brave Warriors have every
reason to feel they can turn the tie around.
“There is no need to fear Liberia. They beat us one nil, we
had a goal disallowed and they were lucky to score,” said
“They have played 19 games away thus far since 2002 and they
have all 19 during that period up to now and we are ready to
make it 20.
Kaanjuka said that his chargers were buoyed by last
weekend’s victory over Kenya and were keen to build on that
“I believe that we have shown that we are a good team and
that we want to win. We will go into this match with the
same determination and will to win.”
However injuries to key forwards Lazarus Kaimbi and Rudolf
Bester could blunt the home team’s ambition.
Kaimbi, who was substituted midway through the second half
last Saturday after getting a knock on his ankle, has not
trained all week while Kaanjuka is reluctant to risk Bester
as he has not fully recovered from a torn thigh muscle
Kaanjuka is thus likely to hand a starting berth to either
Willy Stephanus or Petrus Shitembi following their
impressive super-sub roles last time out.
“We don’t want to change the team but if Kaimbi is not fit
we will be forced to make the change,” Kaanjuka said.
“Our players are highly motivated at the moment and we will
look for the early goal. We need three goals and that is our
intention going into the game.”
Victory on Saturday also has the added incentive of more
international matches, which is vital for a side still in
“My goal is to ensure that the team play more games together
and if we can get into the group stages of the AFCON and are
still in the World Cup qualifiers and play Malawi that will
mean so much. Qualification is not a priority right now but
will be bonus.”
The coach also said he was impressed by the turnout last
week and urged more fans to pack the stands.
“We really appreciate the support. The support helped the
boys to play better. Come and sing and dance to help
motivate the boys,” he said.
The match is set to kickoff at 18h00 and match tickets are
available for N$30 each at Compu-ticket in Shoprite and
Checkers countrywide as well as the NFA Soccer House in
The NFA has appealed to all those that plan to be at the
match to purchase their tickets in advance as there will be
no tickets sold at the gates on match day.