22 Mar 2016 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 22 MAR (NAMPA) The national Under-17 (U-17) football team left for Walvis Bay on Sunday to compete in the biennial international Four Nations tournament.
The youth tournament will be hosted from Wednesday to Sunday at the Kuisebmund Stadium.
Namibia is in competition with defending champions Ghana, South Africa and a Westphalia team from Germany.
In 2014 in Swakopmund, Namibia finished bottom of the group against the same countries.
A statement availed to Nampa on Monday by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) quoted team coach Timo Tjongarero as saying their mission in Walvis Bay this year will be to prepare for the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) U-17 qualifiers.
This time around it is so significant because we need to try the best combinations for the team ahead of the 2017 CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Botswana in June, said Tjongarero.
Team Namibia was selected from players who took part in the 2015 Skorpion Zinc U-17 regional tournament as well as trials held at the NFA Technical Centre since January 2016.
Host Namibia will open play against defending champions Ghana at 16h00 on Wednesday, with South Africa and Westphalia to battle it out at 18h00.
The rest of the fixtures are:
Ghana vs Westphalia at 16h00
Namibia vs South Africa at 18h00
South Africa vs Ghana at 16h00
Namibia vs Westphalia at 18h00
Sunday will see the contest for third-place finish at 15h00, followed by the crowning match at 17h00.
Team Namibia comprises Goalkeepers: Phillip Josef and Mbinaune Tjihuro;
Defenders: Helmuth Namaseb, Moses Mbetjiha, Kerii Tjirera, Labeni Haukongo, Stanley Ndjavera, Mbajoroka Kahuure;
Midfielders: Danzil Narib, Kingsley Kwenani, Lleyton Goliath, Aljerau Zhaal, Vaino Uugwanga, Lorenzo Fredericks, Lionel Routh, Mbakondja Tjahikika and Adelino Kahali;
Strikers: Elderly Morgan, Junior Petrus and Romario Kabindu.