Seychelles Arrive with Aplomb

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WINDHOEK The Pirates of Seychelles arrived in the country yesterday morning in a jovial mood and promising fireworks in their Cosafa Castle Cup match against the Brave Warriors. Speaking from their Kalahari Sands Hotel base, the Seychelles assistant coach, only identified as Mark, said the team has sufficient knowledge of the Brave Warriors and will not be threatened by the expected thousands of supporters roaring behind the hosts. “We have played Namibia before and that is why we realised the need to bring back some of our old horses. We are here to win,” said the assistant coach to Raoul Shungu. The Pirates said they would rely on their attacking ability to dismantle Namibia. “We took in some young and talented players from our league and Namibia will see how our strikers will handle them. Watch out for our number 10,” warned the assistant coach refusing to name the player. Seychelles’ most capped player is St Michel’s Phillip Zailor, and the coach has said a lot of surprises will come from the ageing midfielder. The Pirates are expected to field Milnes Brutus and Yelvanny Rose upfront – the duo are Port Victoria’s only valuable assets in the last two years. Ranked 37 in the continent, the Pirates square off against a fired-up Brave Warriors who will have a host of their foreign armour in base. The Brave Warriors have reported no injuries, with the arrival of substitute goalkeeper Zico Paulus yesterday. Morale is high with the NFA President John Muinjo expected to have a word with the Brave Warriors in the dressing room tomorrow. The Brave Warriors this week have been threatening to suffocate any of their nemeses in this weekend’s games without any respirator. Coach Ben Bamfuchile is expected to field a defensive mindset that is mind boggling to opponents with attacking flare. The Brave Warriors team will be revolving around Razundara Tjukuzu and Costa Khaiseb in the opening game. Namibia has had the luxury of bringing dynamic talent to this tournament after acquiring eight internationals. But the Brave Warriors mentor refused to accept his reliance on the foreign legion. “I work with a team and not individuals, so I will work with the eleven on the bench and the eleven on the field,” he said. The coach however expressed his dislike for penalties to be the decider of the game. “We wish to finish off the game in 90 minutes and at worst extra time – penalties are just a matter of luck and not a true reflection of the game,” he said. Bamfuchile is expected to name his final squad this morning after the team’s last training session. Quizzed on which formation the team would be using, the former Zambian mentor said he is still to get the best of formations because of his short spell he has had with the national – “but a solid formation will be the one that makes us win”. On which team he would like to meet in the event of the Brave Warriors flying past the Pirates of Seychelles, Bamfuchile was diplomatic: “This is a job, it is a profession; whatever happens (between Zambia and Malawi) should end everything in pure football.” The usually accommodative coach says playing his former paymasters and native country “is a bridge that needs to be crossed when we come to it”. The 10 000-seater Sam Nujoma Stadium is expected to record a maximum attendance tomorrow with Namibians raising a cacophony generated by agago bells, drums, horns, whistles and tambourines -all the instruments that will propel the Brave Warriors to its first victory inside 90 minutes since 1998, hopefully. Probable line-up: Athiel Mbaha; George Hummel, Hartman Toromba, Jeremiah Mbaisako, Gerry Keister, Paulus Shipanga, Razundura Tjikuzu, Heini Isaacks, Henrico Botes, Costa Khaiseb, Letu Shatimwene.

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