21 Aug 2015 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 AUG (NAMPA) The Brave Warriors on Friday left for Pretoria where they will train at a high performance centre (HPC) ahead of their second game of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.
The senior national football team will play Group K leader Senegal in Windhoek on 05 September. Namibia lost its opening game of the group 0-1 to Niger in June while Senegal beat Burundi 3-1 to lead the group.
Namibia is in Group K with Niger, Senegal and Burundi.
Speaking here on Thursday, Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti announced a squad of 17 local players going to South Africa for the one-week training camp. They return to Namibia next Saturday.
Speaking to Nampa on Friday, Mannetti said the training camp gives players the opportunity to make use of the same facilities they used while they prepared for the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup.
The coach said he was in camp with the local players a week ago and they impressed him with their fitness levels.
But we are going to face Senegal and it is wise for us to go back to Pretoria. There we can use their state-of-the-art equipment to help our local players come to the same standard of fitness as those playing in South Africa.
It is still pre-season for our local players and we are going to do the various tests to see how ready they are for international competitions, said Mannetti.
He added that the second training camp will be held in Windhoek with foreign-based players joining the squad. That 23-man squad will be announced after the team returns from Pretoria.
Mannetti also revealed that goalkeeper Charles Uirab will not be making the trip due to work commitments and Edward Maova will be replacing him.
The Brave Warriors squad for the training camp is as follows:
Lloyd Kazapua, Edward Maova, Charles Uirab, Tiberius Lombard, Denis Tjetjinda Ngueza, Benyamin Nenkavu, Ferdinand Karongee, Denzil Haoseb, Ananias Gebhardt, Dynamo Fredericks, Gregory Aukumeb, Obry Amseb, Heinrich Isaacks, Neville Tjiueza, Terdius Uiseb, Joslin Kamatuka and Absalom Iimbondi.