Brave Gladiators captain, Mammie Kasona told the Namibia FA Website that they are in Lusaka for serious business against Shepolopolo and they will strive for ultimate victory to be at ease in the return leg match scheduled for Windhoek.
“We want to qualify for the Afcon and it starts with Zambia as a hurdle which we need to overcome. Good results are that matter to us, and we need to win at all costs,” she declared.
She acknowledged that it will not be an easy task to crack the Shepolopolo side taking into account that it will be playing on its own home yard with hostile crowd out in force.
However to Brave Gladiators, that will not be an issue to scare the daylights out them because as she put it they will play their own game and they will fight not as individuals but as a single unit to the last whistle.
“They have their plan and we have our own. We play as a team and don’t depend on individuals to win us matches. As much as they are ready for us, we are waiting to fight them until the final whistle. We mean business and we have much to prove,” she added.
Jacqui Shipange, the Brave Gladiators mentor has two injury concerns in his side but for tactical reasons he kept identities of the players who got a knock while training close to his chest.
Nonetheless, he said his girls are generally settling down well and hoped that the two injured players will be in perfect shape come Sunday.
Shipange echoed Brave Gladiators captain Kasona sentiments that they are in Lusaka for a win but quickly acknowledged that it will not be an easy task to achieve.
The last time the two sides met in 2014 the Shepolopolo thumped the Gladiators 2-0 but Shipange argued things would be different now that Namibia has sound developmental structures.
The Brave Gladiators mentor observed with that in mind it is now right time to start reaping from the investment they had made over the years.
“We are here to win, full stop. It will be extremely difficult, we respect Zambia a lot, they have a great football history but Namibia is one of the countries that had great developmental structures in Africa.
“It’s about time that we started delivering. Our girls are serious as they want to play professional football, they want to use this platform as a springboard to greater heights,” Shipange said.
But the Shepolopolo mentor, Albert Machinga has also declared that his side is also poised for the encounter which he said has a mix of blossoming and experienced talent.
“There is a lot of diversity in the team. We have assembled a mixed team with a combination of young players and experience. It is a team that is more than ready to compete at the highest level,”Kachinga declared.
The winner between the two sides will player either Tanzania or Zimbabwe for the last round of qualification for Cameroun 2016.