01 Sep 2014 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 01 SEP (NAMPA) Twenty-three players have been called up for a training camp ahead of the senior national teams friendly match against Swaziland on 10 September.
The match billed for the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the capital, is part of senior national coach Ricardo Mannettis plans to rebuild the team after a dismal 2015 AFCON qualifying campaign.
Mannetti said during a media briefing on Monday that he will also be using the opportunity to prepare the under-23 (U-23) national side ahead of its 2015 All-Africa Games and the 2016 Olympics Games qualifiers on dates yet to be announced.
Twelve of the 23-man squad are U-23s called up for senior national team duty for the first time.
They are Donavan Gainub, Ivan Kamperipa, Tjiuanaja Tjinotjuia, Benjamin Nenkavu, Peter Shalulile, Marius Kotze, Chester Stanley, Leeroy Adams, Aubrey Amseb, Itamuna Keimune, Uitapi Ngaruka and Hendry Duwe.
They all formed part of the Namibian U-23 team which was in Ghana early August this year for a training camp.
Three more U-23 players - Edward Maova, Wangu Gomes, and Enrico Hoabeb - received their second call-ups for the senior national team.
Only eight senior players were called up, and all of them ply their trade in South Africa and in Thailand.
They are Maximillian Mbaeva, Chris Katjiukua, Willem Mwedihanga, Ronald Ketjijere, Deon Hotto, Lazarus Kaimbi, Rudolf Bester and Henrico Botes.
Mannetti emphasised that the friendly match will be a difficult one, as they are playing in the period when the Namibian leagues are not active.
I dont want players who have already been in my plans in the past to think Mannetti is starting with a new team. I just want these young players to gain experience, and if they impress then we can consider them for the senior national team for the future. All the senior guys should not lose hope, because as long as they are performing they will get an opportunity to be selected like all the other players, he said.
Training started on Monday afternoon at 15h00 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.