Jacobs eyes 2016 Olympics

28 Jul 2014 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JUL (NAMPA) – Football coach Woody Jacobs believes he is the right man to guide Namibia through to qualification for the 2015 All-Africa Games and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
He was quoted as saying in a media statement issued by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) on Monday that he is honoured to be entrusted with the national under-23 side, and was confident that the current crop of players who have come through the ranks can deliver.
“I see we have so much potential in the team, and I would love to have the team play more games against regional selected teams, just to assess more national talent, as I strongly believe that we have the players to stand up and be counted,” said Jacobs, who is also Namibia Premier League outfit, African Stars' coach.
The coach added that he has been stressing to the players at training that it is now time to make history, and they could do that with a strong run in the qualifiers for both Rio 2016 and next year’s All-Africa Games.
Jacobs was pleased to see many of the players whom he had worked with at U-17 level becoming household names in local football.
“Time really flies, and now I see these players who are crowd-pullers in their own right.
Surely, that can be beneficial for the team because of the experience these players have gained over the years.
For me and for them, this is a final chance to make a memorable mark at youth football level,” he enthused.
Players who have been under Jacobs’ leadership in the past include Civics’ trio of captain Peter Stevens, midfielder dynamo Wangu Gome and goalkeeper Edward Maova; Tura Magic’s utility players Peter Shalulile and Itamunua Keimuine; as well as Bidvest Namibia Cup Player of the Tournament Tijuana Tjinotjiua.
Jacobs, assisted by former great Mohammed Ouseb, will on Tuesday this week fly to Accra, Ghana with a mixed-aged group of 19 players for a training camp ending around 18 August.
In the group are also U-20 players who are part of the plans for the upcoming Zone Six Games to be held in Zimbabwe during December this year.
The statement added that the team will be involved in some high-level friendly matches, with a possible clash against Botswana’s U-20s, who are also touring Ghana.
The players who will be leaving for Ghana are Shalulile, Hendry Duwe, Jandjamuje Maharero, Ambrosius Amseb, Donovan Gainub, Ivan Kamberipa, Marius Kotze, Vitapi Ngaruka, Tjinotjiua, Gome, Llewellyn Stanley, Lee-Roy Adams, Benyamin Nenkavu, Isensius Mukutu, Maova, Valton van Staden, Enrico Hoebeb, Keimuine and Stevens.