Windhoek - Namibia’s national football team interim coach, Bobby Samaria, will take charge of the team’s two legged preliminary World Cup qualifier against Eritrea next month.
The Brave Warriors is still without a substantive coach after Ricardo Mannetti’s contract expired at the end of July. Samaria was then roped in at the 11th hour after Brave Warriors assistant coach Collin Benjamin refused to take charge of the team on a short contract.
Samaria, who guided the local-based Brave Warriors to a second round win over the Comoros in the 2020 CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers recently, will continue to be in charge until further notice or when the substantive coach is found for the Brave Warriors.
He could be in with a shot for a permanent contract should he guide the Brave Warriors to the CHAN finals in Cameroon next year as well as to the group stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with, the first leg away on 4 September and the second leg at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on 10 September 2019.
Namibia play Eritrea, ranked at 202 in the men’s FIFA rankings, meaning that the Brave Warriors, ranked 121, are expected to win with ease.
Samaria has named a provisional 36 men squad to prepare for Eritrea with notable absentees.
England-based Ryan Nyambe of Blackburn Rovers and German-based Manfred Starke of FC Kaiserslautern were not called up.
“The two European-based players, I have spoken to Ryan Nyambe and Manfred Starke, and we agreed that for now they fight for places at their respective clubs and later on we consider them. Riaan Hanamub, our thought and prayers are with him as he lost his mother and sister in a car accident this weekend and we also agreed with him to leave him out for now, ” Samaria said.
The professional players will arrive from 29 August and Peter Shalulile will the last one to join the squad on 1 September, when the team leaves for Eritrea.
Samaria added that the team has about 11 local-based players because after the Eritrea clash, the local-based Warriors will take on Madagascar in the final round of the CHAN qualifiers.
“We need to keep the guys active and hence this balanced and big team. We will be going with 23 players to Eritrea and so we will have a good fight for places and that can only make things a little bit easier for the technical team in terms of the importance of all four both games”, Samaria said.
The local based players reported to camp last week, with training having started this week at the NFA Technical Centre while the foreign based players will report from 29 August 2019.
The called up players are Virgil Vries (Unattached), Loydt Kazapua (Baroka FC, SA), Junias Theophilus and Larry Horaeb ( Tura Magic), Aprocious Petrus (Eleven Arrows), Charles Uirab (Unam), Ratanda Mbazuvara, Ivan Kamberipa, Obrey Amseb, Marcel Papama and Gustav Isaak (all African Stars), Dynamo Fredericks, Vitapi Ngaruka, Emilio Martin, McCartney Naweseb, Immanuel Heita, Wendell Rudath and Kamaijanda Ndisiro ( all Black Africa), Mapenzi Muwanei, Llewelyn Stanley and Absalom Iimbondi ( all Tigers), Isaskar Gurirab (Life Fighters), Elmo Kambindu (Mighty Gunners) Panduleni Nekundi, (Unattached), Gregory Aukumeb (Blue Waters), Willy Stephanus and Petrus Shitembi ( Lusaka Dynamos, Zambia), Denzil Haoseb ( Unattached), Peter Shalulile ( Highlands Park, SA) Chris Katjiukua ( Black Leopards, SA), Calvin Spiegel (Okahandja United), Benson Shilongo ( Ismaily, Egypt), Hendrik Somaeb (Unattached), Deon Hotto (Bidvest Wits, SA) , Joslin Kamatuka, and Teberius Lombard (Zanaco, Zambia).