The Brave Warriors clash against Uganda on Thursday night will be the most important game of the team’s 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) adventure with Group B wide open after the opening day wins for Namibia and Zambia at the Grand Stade Marrakesh.
Captain Ronald Ketjijere states that the match against Uganda will be the crucial for the Brave Warriors as they plan to keep their dream alive at the championship underway in Morocco.
“It’s back to the first hurdle again. We need to do well against Uganda. We forget about the win on Sunday and put all our effort into the game against Uganda because Uganda and Ivory Coast are wounded and they need to bounce back and that makes the second group games even more demanding” Ketjijere says.
The African Stars midfielder adds that the Thursday night game at the 2018 CHAN finals will be the turning point of their campaign with the quarterfinals on the horizon.
“ You don’t want go to into your final game with so much pressure and thus we need to start all over against Uganda and keep our dream of reaching the quarterfinals alive. That remains the objective and we can and should be able to control that. Thursday will be the most important game of our team”, declares Ketjijere.
After the win against Ivory Coast on Sunday night, 1-0, the Brave Warriors has continued mental and physical preparations for the second Group B game at 21h30 Namibian time, which will be preceded by the Zambia and Ivory Coast game. For their final game against Zambia on Monday, 22 January, 21h00, the Brave Warriors will be going out to Casablanca on Friday.
The top two teams from the group will face the winners from Group A, which includes the host Morocco in the quarterfinals.