Windhoek - Brave Warriors’ locally based players were this week called to report for training in preparation for the African Nations Championship (CHAN).
The CHAN tournament, which is eligible to only locally based players, is scheduled to take place from 4 to 26 April in Cameroon but head coach, Bobby Samaria, has already summoned his troops for the training camp.
Samaria said the early training was necessary because of the predicament surrounding Namibian football as the country has been without an active league for the past few years.
“The first two weeks will be about conditioning the players. I expect the players to be in the right frame of mind and physically ideal as well. They are footballers and they know we have work to do,” he said.
Samaria called up 31 players who reported for camp on Monday and will train until 21 March and only 23 will travel for the CHAN tournament.
“We have a mixture of regulars and new faces and this is to say the national team is for everyone and it will push players not to be complacent but competitive which can only help us going forward,” he said.
Namibia’s football is in a sad state of affairs as, apart from boardroom squabbles, lack of financing has also severely impacted football.
The FIFA Normalisation Committee in charge of Namibia Football Association (NFA) is, however, in talks with sponsors to make sure that the team is adequately prepared.
“Last time out, we reached to the regions and we visited Mariental and if we can go around and play against regional teams again, it will help and we can also maybe unearth a new talent,” said Samaria.
The players called up for training are: goalkeepers Kamaiyanda Ndisiro, Ratanda Mbazuvara, Calvin Spiegel, Charles Uirab and Immanuel Immanuel;
Defenders: Vitapi Ngaruka, Emilio Martin, Ivan Kamberipa, Pat-Nevin Uanivi, Rehabeam Mbango, Aprocius Petrus, Gregory Auchumeb, Larry Haraeb, Treasure Kauapirura, Johannes Mutunga and Erastus Ikeinge;
Midfielders: Dynamo Fredericks, Wendell Rudath, Obrey Amseb, Gustav lsaack, Lywelyn Stanley, Absalom limbondi, Immanuel Heita, Marcel Papama, Mcartney Naweseb and Brendon Neibeb;
Strikers: Elmo Kambindu, Panduleni Nekundi, Isaskar Gurirab, Mapenzi Muwanei and Monis Omseb.