Britz cuts Namibia squad ahead of COSAFA Men’s Under-20 Championships

Namibia coach James Britz has cut down his provisional squad to 30 players ahead of the COSAFA Men’s Under-20 Championship that will be staged in Nelson Mandela Bay from December 3-13.

Britz, who has recently taken the helm of the side, initially called 55 players for trials, but has cut that almost in half.

He will have to shave his selection down to the final 20 ahead of the competition, where Namibia are seeking to earn a place at the 2021 Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations that will be staged in Mauritania next year.

The COSAFA championships act as zonal qualifiers for that event, with the two finalists in Nelson Mandela Bay earing their place at the continental showpiece.
Namibia have been drawn in Group B and will open their campaign against Zambia on December 4.

After that they take on Malawi (Dec. 7) and Comoros (Dec. 9), with only the top team in each pool and the best runner-up advancing to the semifinals.

Namibia have been finalists before in the competition, reaching the decider in 2010, where they lost 4-1 to Zambia.

Namibia provisional squad: Jovane Narib, Promise Guribab, Tyrin George, Tuhafeni David, Aidyn Eiseb, Johannes Shimwetheleni, Pitsi Ameb, Kuahaka Ngatangwa, Immanuel Hamumyela, Karel Gaseb, Giovai Kaninab, Imosana Kazapua, Ronin Berndt, Romeo Amon, Ngazikue Kandetu, Andile Makonza, Roberto Boois, Xavier McClune, Zander McClune, Fillipo Micheletti, Edmar Kamatuka, Tully Nashuxua, Nicky Daniels, Taylor Kaviua, Tjinaje Maherero, Danzil Harib, Raymondzo Stern, Clifton Dreyer, Tjipenandjamba Karuumbe, Garare Damaseb.