The Bidvest Namibia Cup will be a blessing for the Brave Warriors as they look ahead to crucial 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers this year.
According to acting head coach of the Brave Warriors Bernard Kaanjuka, the return of the flagship competition of the Namibia Football Association the NFA Cup in the form of the Bidvest Namibia Cup is just what the doctor ordered for the national team.
“You know I have been complaining about the number of games our players play per season since last season and now that we have the Bidvest Cup, we will surely see more games for the players, which will increase their fitness and can only be good for the national team,” he said.
“Local-based players only played 22 matches last season and it was always a challenge to beef up their fitness because their international opponents play more, but now we can breathe a sigh of relief” said Kaanjuka at the launch of the Bidvest Namibia Cup on Monday at the Hilton Hotel in Windhoek.
Kaanjuka added that the competition would mean “bigger sea to fish in” and he was looking forward to that challenge as well.
“We now have a big pool of players once again to select from. Last season, it was only the Premier League but now we have all kinds of leagues and players coming together and driven to succeed and give their best because of this cup and that can only be good for us,” Kaanjuka explained.
The Brave Warriors will be in action in the 2014 FIFA Worlds Cp qualifier at they take on Malawi on 23 March at the Independence Stadium in their Group F encounter.
On January 12, Namibia lost 2-1 to 2013 AFCON finalists Morocco at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa in an international friendly match and the team is expected to play another friendly just after the Nations Cup, ahead of the Malawi clash in Windhoek.
The 2013 Bidvest Namibia Cup will start this weekend (26-27 January) with the preliminary round matches in the lower tiers of Namibian football as the first and second division clubs battle it out for top honours.
The round one matches will be completed on the weekend of 2-3 February, with the competition proper to be played on 9-10 February, when the regional winners will join the 12 Namibia Premier League clubs and the two teams relegated from last season’s NPL (Hotspurs and United Stars).