The more the Young Warriors of Namibia are written off in their first appearance at the 2021 Caf U20 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), the better, reckons captain Edmar Kamatuka.
Namibia will take no prisoners as they tackle Central Africa Republic on Monday afternoon in Mauritania. (kickoff at 21:00).
Kamatuka is standing in for regular captain Steven Damaseb who will not feature in the first match due to an injury.
The team arrived in Mauritania last week and have been training for a week and played in a friendly match against Mauritania’s senior team which resulted in a draw.
“Obviously we are perceived as the underdogs in the group even though two other countries are making their debut, but if they underestimate us it will be at their own risk because we are ready, we prepared well and we will go out there to make a name for ourselves,” said Kamatuka.
“Mentally we are in a good space, we know what is at stake, we know how hard we had to fight at Cosafa to get here and we will not take that for granted. We will be facing big countries, but we won’t give them the respect on the pitch – it’s an eleven-man game and we have our own objectives in this tournament.”
Kamatuka said that they will go all out to set the tone at the championships.
”We know what it takes to be part of the national set up especially in a country with so much potential and talent and we don’t take that for granted. We will do our best and send a message to the others in our group.”
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