21 Apr 2016 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 21 APR (NAMPA) - The kick-off time for the match of the Under-20 national football team against Swaziland in the 2017 Confederation of African Football (CAF) U20 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, has been changed.
The Young Warriors will now play their second leg of the qualifiers at 15h00 on Friday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
The rescheduling was necessitated by the lighting problem at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
The game was first scheduled to kick off at 16h00.
In the first leg qualifiers played in Swaziland two weeks ago, the two nations drew 2-2.
The winner of Friday's fixture will go through to the next round where they will meet South Africa in the second round in May/June, after which a third and final round awaits the winner for a place in Zambia next year.
In a media statement availed to Nampa on Thursday by the Namibia Football Association (NFA), the associations Secretary-General Barry Rukoro confirmed the change in kick-off time.
Rukoro said organisers are anticipating extra time and penalties which might arise from the fixture.
We have considered a lot of issues surrounding the game, especially the lighting problem at the stadium and have opted to go for 15h00 instead to satisfy those issues. Otherwise, everything will go ahead as planned, said Rukoro.
The Swaziland team arrived in Namibia on Wednesday.
Rukoro added that Namibia will do whatever possible on the pitch to win and progress to the next round.
Meanwhile, captain of the Young Warriors, Pandeni Kandjabanga called on football fans to go in number and support the team.
The Young Warriors squad is made up of Donovan Gainub, Vipua Tjimune, Kennedy Eib, Baloyi Tsandib, Johannes Kwedhi, Giovanni Nauseb, Katiti Hakuria, Pandeni Kandjabanga, Romeo Kasume, Jürgen van der Byl, Boni Paulino, Leonard Tuhafeni, Hiha Katjivena, Petrus Kamati, Ruhwal Mclobo, Anthony Kham, Bertoni du Toit, Alli Klokoski, George Hummel and Venovineja Tjikundi.
Their coach is Gerald Guther.