Brave Warriors legend Johannes ‘Congo’ Hindjou has urged the beleaguered Namibia players to take ownership of their performances following their disappointing display in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Mali.
Hindjou said Namibia’s failure to make an impact in the Afcon qualifiers should be blamed on the below-par performances of a handful of the key players, who failed to come to the party.
Namibia lost 1-0 away and 2-1 at home against Mali in their back-to-back Afcon qualifiers.
With two matches remaining, the Brave Warriors’ hopes of qualifying for the continental showpiece in Cameroon next year are down to almost zero as they occupy third spot in Group A and will need a miracle to overtake Guinea (8 points) in second place.
“If your key players are not coming to the party in such a crucial match and your midfield is overwhelmed to a worrying extent as was the case on Tuesday, there is honestly little you can do as a coach,” said Hindjou as quoted by New Era Live.
“People might argue and say the starting line-up was not correct and certain players should have started and so forth, but I personally think the players themselves should take responsibility. They did not come to the party and the inconsistency of some of our key players is worrying.”
Hindjou, who remains Namibia’s most capped player with 69 caps went on to state that as much as football-loving Namibian fans are disappointed, they should also understand that the Malian squad is an experienced side.
“That is always going to be a huge determining factor. When you look at how we were out-thought by the Malians in midfield, it exposed the need for a matured and well-tested player like our former captain Stigga Ketjijere, who knew how to command his troops and his ripened leadership skills in midfield would always prevail when desperately needed,” he said.
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By FARPost Reporter