10 Mar 2016 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 10 MAR (NAMPA) Four inactive players have been left out of the Brave Warriors squad that face Burundi in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers later this month.
Namibia is in Group K with Niger, Senegal and Burundi.
Namibia lost its two opening games of the group stages, with a 0-1 defeat by Niger in June 2015 and 0-2 against Senegal at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in September the same year.
Namibia's senior national football team is now scheduled to play Burundi on 26 March in Bujumbura, with the return leg scheduled for 29 March in Windhoek.
A training camp with 27 players will commence next week.
Senior football team coach, Ricardo Mannetti said he dropped the four foreign-based players because they are inactive at their clubs, adding he wants to make way for local-based players who have been doing well at their clubs.
Speaking at a media conference held in the capital on Thursday, Mannetti said skills alone are not enough to get into the national team.
You have to be hard working to earn a place in the team. I would not like to compromise on players who have a huge work rate for those who just have skills, so we decided to drop whoever is not playing at their club level.
Those not called up for national duty include former Brave Warriors number one goalkeeper Virgil Vries, who has not been active at club level. He also did not feature in the national teams starting 11 for the last three matches.
Other foreign-based players who did not make the cut are Bidvest Wits midfielder Wangu Gome; former Black Africa winger Ananias Gebhardt who is currently in Macau, China looking for a team to sign a professional contract with; and Lazarus Kaimbi who is currently with a team in Thailand.
Local players who received call-ups for the first time are Tigers right back Romario Ndjavera; Orlando Pirates winger Riaan Hanamub, Tura Magics Oswaldo Xamseb; and Black Africas Immanuel Heita.
Mannetti added, players like Heita and Dynamo Fredricks (also Black Africa) are workhorses of their team and he would like to award such players with national team call-ups that will expose them to international football.
The Brave Warriors squad to attend training is: Lodyt Kazapua (African Stars), Max Mbaeva (Golden Arrows), Edward Maova, David Peterson (Tigers), Charles Uirab (Orlando Pirates), Denzil Hoaseb (Black Africa), Chris Katjiukua (Golden Arrows), Willem Mwedihanga (Amatuks), Romario Ndjavera (Tigers), Dennis Ngueza (African Stars), Ferdinand Karongee (Tigers), Edmund Kambanda (UNAM), Riaan Hanamub (Orlando Pirates), Oswaldo Xamseb (Tura Magic), Peter Shalulile (Highland Park), Dynamo Fredericks (Black Africa), Willy Stephanus (Black Africa), Benyamin Nenkavu (Tigers), Absalom Iimbondi (Tigers), Heinrich Isaacks (UNAM), Petrus Shitembi (Amazulu), Ronald Ketjijere (Amatuks), Deon Hotto (Golden Arrows), Immanuel Heita (Black Africa), Benson Shilongo (Gaborone United), Hendrick Somaeb (Free State Stars) and Terdius Uiseb (Orlando Pirates).