Namibia lose stalwart defender for World Cup qualifier

Namibia will be without Free State Stars defender Da Costa Angula for their 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary round tie against Gambia after he picked up an injury that could possibly sideline him for up to three months, the country’s football association reports.

Angula last week Monday tore his Achilles tendons in his left foot during training with his South African premier league side Free State Stars and had to spend the following day in hospital as he underwent an operation.

The former Black Africa defender reveals that he was told by the doctors that he might be out of action for up to three months.

“I will go back to doctor to remove the stitches on 22 September and then can I have the exact number of days I will be out of action. I’m hoping for fewer days than three months because I just returned to first team action and also the Brave Warriors and I need to fight my way into the teams. This is obviously a setback but these are the things we go through as footballers and I will have to take it one day at a time,” Angula states.

Angula is definitely due to miss the Brave Warriors crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers preliminary round fixture against Gambia next month. The Brave Warriors will visit Gambia for the first leg on 09 October and four days later (13 October) the return leg will be played at the Sam Nujoma stadium in Windhoek.

This season, Angula has featured only once for his club, on 26 August 2015 before joining the national team camp for the AFCON qualifier against Senegal which they lost 2-0 at home.

The defender has not seen much action this year for the national team, being left out for the Cosafa Cup triumph in South Africa in May as well the 2017 AFCON qualifier match at Niger and then on the bench for the home tie against Senegal on September 05.