Former Brave Warriors midfielder Johannes Congo Hindjou reckons Namibia will be successful in their 2014 World Cup qualifying match against Kenya on Saturday.
Hindjou revealed this after seeing off the morning training session for the Warriors on Thursday ahead of their crucial Group F encounter against Kenya on Saturday at the Windhoek Independence Stadium.
Hindjou, who attended the Brave Warriors‘ training session on Thursday morning, said a victory against Kenya would make the road to Brazil very interesting.
“I have seen this team since last year and also today at training you can see the spirit is very high and they have the confidence to do well on Saturday. It will be a must win game against Kenya and we will be there to cheer on the guys,” he said.
Hindjou who is the Brave Warriors’ most capped player with 69 caps, said players like the exciting Petrus Shitembi, the silky Heinrich Isaacks, and strong midfielder Ronald Ketjijere, amongst others can go on to become another golden generation of Namibian football.
“These guys have it all and they are still young. The most important thing I have noticed in this team is its speed and if you combine that with the natural ball skills the players have, then they can beat anybody. With that speed and skill I believe we can beat Kenya,” he said.
Tangeni Shipahu is believed to be the fastest sprinter in the team with the likes of Sadney Urikhob, Lazarus Kaimbi, Rudolf Bester, Hendrick Somaeb and Larry Horaeb also full of speed.
Hindjou also reckons interim coach Bernard Kaanjuka is doing a great job with the team.
“I know the coach and his qualities, and can see that he has improved over the years. The team is doing very well under him and assistant coach Ricardo (Mannetti) is also playing an important role by sharing his knowledge with the boys.”
“I was impressed with the score line in Nigeria and if we can get such a result there then this could just be our year. Let’s hope all goes well,” he said.
Namibia play Kenya on Saturday at the Windhoek’s Independence Stadium with the match set to start at 18h00. Tickets are available at the NFA Soccer House an at Computicket (Shoprite and Checkers).
The match will be officiated by referees from Botswana, while the match commissioner is from Zimbabwe. The Kenya team is expected to touch down at the Hosea Kutako International Airport at 18h00 on Thursday.