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Namibian coach hits at his players

January 22, 2008

namibia_morroco.jpgArie Schans, head coach of the Namibian National Team has hit hard at his players, describing them as a group of school boys playing with professional players, hence the humiliating defeat suffered at the hands of Morocco.

Namibia were beaten 5-1 by Morocco in the second game of Group A of the 26th Africa Cup of Nations at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra on Monday.

“I’m disappointed at the behaviour of my players and never expected them to play the way they did, especially in the first five minutes of the game”.

Speaking at a post match conference, coach Schans said his boys played contrary to his instructions and that is why they conceded two quick goals in the first five minutes of the game.

“I agree that my players do not have enough international exposure but that should not be used to justify their disappointing performance.

“Their performance is unacceptable especially at an international level like this”. The Dutchman stated.

The coach however said that the humiliating defeat would toughen his boys up for future assignments, since their mission in Ghana was to gain international exposure.

According to coach Schans, the primary motive behind their participation in the competition was to make an impact and to prepare the boys for the qualifying series of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup in Angola and South Africa respectively.

“I’m sure my team would be well prepared for these major tournaments after Ghana 2008”.

Coach Schans said they would visit the drawing board to re-strategise for the next game against Ghana on Thursday at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra.

Henri Michel of Morocco expressed satisfaction with the performance of his team, adding that they would approach all matches with similar attitude.

“We are not favourites in the competition and that is why we would take each match at a time to reach our goal in the competition”.

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