Namibia coach Bernard Kaanjuka wants his players to put in a professional performance against Djibouti despite being 4-0 ahead in their 2014 FIFA World Cup African zone qualifying tie. The Brave Warriors dominated the first leg and Kaanjuka will be looking to them to do the same when they face Djibouti again in Windhoek.
"It is up to the players to deliver and display great qualities of national team calibre, and discipline is very important too," Kaanjuka told the Namibian federation website, www.nfa.org.na. Rudolph Bester scored twice in the first leg in Djibouti City, with the other goals coming from Lazarus Kaimbi and Sydney Urikhob. Qualification against Djibouti would put Namibia in a tour-team group from where the winners will advance to another qualifying round over two legs for which the prize is a place at Brazil 2014.
But ahead of the second leg against Djibouti in the Independence Stadium, Kaanjuka is looking to his players not to get carried away by thoughts of the finals. He added: "The guys are showing the dedication to do well for the team and after the Djibouti away win everyone is still on their toes to try and finish the job at home, and if they can do what they did away or even better I will be happy."
Everyone is still on their toes to try and finish the job at home, and if they can do what they did away or even better I will be happy.
"We are at home, (with a) home crowd and all and the temperature is ideal for us unlike in the hot temperature up in Djibouti. I believe and wish the guys will give the nation great value (to the fans) for coming through the turnstiles tomorrow night."
Namibia striker Henrico Botes faces a fitness test because of an injury he suffered in the first leg. He said: "I took a knock in the first half of the match away in Djibouti and was replaced at half-time by Lazarus Kaimbi who did exceptionally well after coming on. I will still be assessed by the team doctor later on my fitness and I would surely like to feature."
In the other ties Congo look well placed to qualify as they lead Sao Tome e Principe 5-0 from the first leg, with DR Congo also at home and 3-1 ahead of Swaziland in their tie. Kenya lead Seychelles 3-0, Equatorial Guinea go to Madagascar with a 2-0 lead and Tanzania head Chad 2-1. Mozambique are at home to Comoros with a 1-0 lead and Lesotho visit Burundi with the same advantage. The ties between Rwanda and Eritrea and Togo against Guinea-Bissau are both level at 1-1.