James Britz has says that the Young Warriors of Namibia are motivated to keep playing against the best nations despite crashing out of the U20 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) recently in Mauritania.
Namibia fell to their second defeat at the continental championship as they went down 1-0 against Burkina Faso, as Central African Republic (CAR) upset Tunisia 2-1 in the final Group B matches.
The latter three qualified for the quarter-finals with Burkina Faso finishing the group with seven points, three more than second-placed CAR and Tunisia, while Namibia finished bottom of the pool on one point following their draw with CAR.
Tunisia squeezed through as the best third-placed side in the group phase.
Namibia coach Britz says instead of sulking over their setback, they will use the experience of playing at two back-to-back international tournaments to improve.
“Unfortunately we went out early, but I must say there are some good things we can take from this tournament,” said Britz.
“We are eliminated but we have learnt a lot with a young team which has just taken part in its second competition after the Cosafa Cup. We will come back stronger next time.”
Positives include two man-of-the-match prizes won by attacking midfielder Prinz Tjueza against CAR last week and versatile captain Steven Damaseb on Sunday.
“We came to this tournament with a lot of motivation and gave everything we needed to win games,” added the Namibia mentor.
“We also have a young squad, and, in our team, there are 13 players who are still available for the next Afcon qualifiers. We try to develop the players for the future, because we are looking at the long-term benefits for Namibian football.
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By FARPost Reporter