Windhoek - Assistant referee Mathew Kanyanga is the only Namibian official who will represent the country at the Total African Nations Championship this year (CHAN 2020).
Kanyanga, who also recently made the FIFA list of Referees for 2020, will together with 38 other referees undergo a referees’ preparatory course this month.
The course will take place from 27 to 31 January 2020 in Yaounde, Cameroon, ahead of the tournament scheduled for the same country from 4 to 25 April.
CHAN is a continental tournament designed for local based players. For example, a Cameroonian player is only eligible to play for the Cameroon national team if he is playing for a Cameroonian club.
The draw is yet to take place but the format of the tournament comprises of four groups whereby the top two teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals.
Kanyanga will be joined by fellow countrymen, the Brave Warriors, who will be making their second consecutive appearance at the CHAN finals after coach Bobby Samaria guided the team to the tournament despite the country not having an active domestic season so far.
Meanwhile, Namibia’s under 20 women’s team, Young Gladiators, will lock horns against Botswana in the 2020 FIFA Women U/20 World Cup qualifying match at the Sam Nujoma stadium tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s (18 January) encounter will be the first leg while the date for the return leg scheduled for Botswana is yet to be announced.
The 2020 FIFA U/20 Women’s World Cup will be the competition’s 10th edition and for the first time in its history, the competition will be co-hosted with Costa Rica and Panama handed that responsibility.
For the first leg, Young Gladiator’s coach Mamie Kasoana called up 23 players but they will have to do it without the services of defensive midfielder, Sharon Katamila, who suffered a knee injury.
“Sharon will be a big miss surely but we have to move on and plan without her. We must keep in mind that we are playing against a strong team, Botswana is a stronger nation than Namibia, they consistently partake in CAF youth competitions and have won several trophies a couple of times, and they have a stronger football nation compared to us and that might shift the game plan,” said Kasona.
Despite the Young Gladiators barely playing friendlies, Kasaona said that 2019 was a good year for the girls and singled out the regional tournament, Cosafa, as having made significant help.
“The players proved that they are ready to play in the big leagues and that is why we decided to use most of the players we used for the 2019 Cosafa. The current squad is well balanced, there is a lot of strength and eagerness to learn and play and with that we can move mountains,” she said.
The squad to take on Botswana is as follow; Goalkeepers: Meagan Schuster ( Galz & Goals), Sarafina Khuruses (Namib Daughters) and Theopolina Matroos (Girls Football Academy).
Defenders: Vijakura Tjingaveta, Isabella Kahuadi, Utuzuvira Kahiriri and Prisca Amuntala (all Girls Football Academy), Soini Sheenya and Albertina Alugodhi (Rightway FC), Mercia Skrywer (Tura Magic) and Julia Rutjindo ( Galz & Goals).
Midfielders: Lerato Swartbooi, Muhinatjo Hameva, Michane Vries and Diana Kock (Girls Football Academy), Beyonce Cloete ( Tura Magic), Shanice Daries (Galz & Goals), Veronica April ( Rightway FC), Nguundja Tjozongoro (Omaheke Queens).
Strikers: Indira Jacobs, Chantelle Engelbrecht (Tura Magic) and Tjamunene Ndjavera (Omaheke Queens).