Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Erastus Uutoni on Thursday paid a courtesy call on the Brave Warriors during a training session in Windhoek.
During the visit, he informed the team that the whole country was behind them, saying they must represent Namibia well in their quest to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2019 tournament.
“We are behind you, the national leadership and the population of Namibia love you and hence I am here to visit you. Everybody in this country wants to see something very good coming from Zambia on 23 March,” Uutoni said.
He added that the ministry and the country have put their hands together to organise transportation to Zambia so that there is support for the team in Zambia.
He further explained to the team that Namibians at large will be coaching them from the stands as well as in front of their television sets because of the love they have for the team.
The minister further gave the players some brief tactical advice, saying they must play as a team and avoid individualism.
“Play as a team, do not play alone. Do not keep the ball for too long alone. Look at how the European guys play. They are very quick with their passes and they score quick goals. Be like them, avoid showing off and wasting time,” he advised.
Uutoni said despite the economy not doing well and its effects being felt by the sporting fraternity as well, that should not demoralise players.
“We can face these challenges. Play so that other teams can buy you and you sign a contract that will make money for you, which you in turn can invest in land or something,” he advised.
He added that it will help change the image of Namibia through sport, as well as market the country.
Uutoni challenged the current team to emulate the team of 1998 and 2008, saying the challenge lies with the current team to finish the job in Zambia.
“Do not focus on the Guinea Bissau-Mozambique result. Play your own game and win. Discipline will take you far,” he stated.
The minister was accompanied by Normalisation Committee members Vivienne Katjiuongua and Matti Mwandingi led by chairperson Hilda Basson-Namundjebo Namibia Sports Commission Chief Administrator, Simaata Fred Mwiya. - Nampa