Warriors’ fate in Guinea’s hands
… Kambindu suspended for crucial match
DESPITE the Brave Warriors boosted by Chad’s disqualification from the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers following its government’s interference in the Chad Football Association, Brave Warriors coach Bobby Samaria has said that Guinea still has the upper hand over Namibia in the group.
The suspension of Chad means that Namibia’s match against Chad that was scheduled for last night (March 24) was cancelled, meaning Namibia will only have to play Guinea in their final group A match in Windhoek on March 28.
Speaking in an interview with Confidente Sport ahead of the crucial tie, Samaria said even though his team will head into the match fresh, Guinea are still favourites to qualify from the group as runners-up.
The Brave Warriors have to win the match and hope Guinea loses to Mali to stand a chance of making it.
“Destiny is not in our hands but in the hands of Guinea as they are playing against an already qualified fellow French speaking nation Mali and you will never know what they will be discussing. My aim is to qualify the country to AFCON and this is my first attempt to do so. Even if we do not qualify we will need to try next time,” said Samaria.
“In my own opinion we have already beaten Chad 2-1 in the first round and even had Chad not been disqualified, we would have beaten them again. Now we had enough time to prepare for Guinea because we could have departed to Chad on Tuesday (March 23) and return back to play Guinea.”
The Brave Warriors will be without its talisman Elmo Kambindu who will be serving a one match suspension.
“Elmo (Kambindu) is suspended. He could have set out against Chad, however this has changed because now he will have to miss the Guinea match,” explained Samaria.
Brave Warriors were awarded three points after Chad’s disqualified from the qualifiers, with Namibia now sitting in third place on six points before they take on Guinea for a place to Cameroon where the rescheduled AFCON tournament will be taking place next year.
Mali that already qualified from the group with 10 points was due to play Guinea last night.
Guinea has eight points.
In 2019 the Brave Warriors managed to qualify to the AFCON in Egypt with eight points, however if Namibia is to qualify to its second successive AFCON -and fourth overall- it will need to qualify with at least nine points if they manage to beat Guinea.
The Brave Warriors have been at the AFCON in 1998 and 2008, and at 2019 edition.