Namibia name locally-based squad ahead of October internationals

Namibia interim coach Bobby Samaria has announced a squad of 35 locally-based players to join a camp from Tuesday in preparation for the upcoming international calendar.

Namibia are preparing and will compete in the 2021 CHAN Finals and 2020 COSAFA Cup, should the tournament be played, as well as the AFCON Qualifiers that resume in November.

But before that, the Namibia Football Association got an invitation from their South African counterparts on October 8.

Samaria says the player’s fitness is not a cause of concern, saying they conduct themselves in a mature manner and most have been working out throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure their fitness is on par.

Wesley Katjiteo and Hendrik Somaeb are among the new call ups added to the team. Katjiteo last played for South African team TS Sporting, but unfortunately had his contract terminated, while Somaeb has been without a team for a while.

“The players will be tested and placed in one accommodation while in camp, and will have training twice every day at the NFA Technical Centre as of tomorrow [Tuesday],” said Acting Secretary General Franco Cosmos.

Samaria also revealed his assistant coach Robert Nauseb following the departure of Woody Jacobs earlier this month.

Brave Warriors squad:

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

Defenders: Emilio Martin,Vitapi Ngaruka, Ivan Kamberipa, Pat-Nevin Uanivi, Larry Horaeb, Gregory Aukumeb, Approcius Petrus,Rehabeam Mbango, Tjiuana Tja Tjinotjiua, Erasmus Ikeinge, Johannes Mutanga, Denzil Haoseb, 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, Willy Stephanus

Forwards: Elmo Kambindu, Issaskar Gurirab, Panduleni Nekundi, Mapanzi Muwanei, Monis Omseb, Hendrik Somaeb