Namibia hard at work ahead of CHAN finals

Namibia have continued to work hard on player fitness ahead of their appearance at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals in Cameroon early next year.

Namibia have qualified along with fellow COSAFA sides Zambia and Zimbabwe, this despite the lack of a domestic league in the last few years, adding to their remarkable achievement.

It is a second successive qualification for the side after they made the quarterfinals in Morocco in 2018, but lost out to the hosts, who went on to lift the trophy with some ease.

There have been reports that Namibia will try to arrange a friendly with Zimbabwe ahead of the competition, but that is complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Namibia have been drawn in Group D at the finals and open their campaign against Guinea on January 19.

That is followed by a clash with Tanzania four days later, before they round out their pool play against COSAFA rivals Zambia on January 27. The top two teams in each pool advance to the quarterfinals.

The competition is only open to players who ply their trade in their domestic league.

Namibia coach Bobbo Samaria has called on the following provisional squad in preparation for the finals:

Goalkeepers: Edward Maova, Ratanda Mbazuvara, Kamaijanda Ndisiro, Jonas Matheus, Immanuel Immanuel.

Defenders: Emilio Martin, Vitapi Ngaruka, Ivan Kamberipa, Pat-Nevin Uanivi, Larry Horaeb, Gregory Aukumeb, Aprocius Petrus, Erasmus Ikeinge, Johannes Mutanga, Kleopas Nuukushu.

Midfielders: Dynamo Fredericks, Immanuel Heita, Ambrosius Amseb, Wendell Rudath, Gustav Isaak, Alfeus Handura, Llewelyn Stanley, Absalom Iimbondi, Wesley Katjiteo, Marcel Papama, Brandon Neibeb.

Forwards: Elmo Kambindu, Issaskar Gurirab, Panduleni Nekundi, Monis Omseb, Deryl Goagoseb.