Under-17 national football team readies for Botswana

08 May 2016 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 08 MAY (NAMPA) – A group of 27 players are in camp preparing for the 12th edition of the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) set for Madagascar in 2017.
The players are camping at the Namibia Football Association Technical Centre in preparation for their first-round of clash in qualifiers against Botswana at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on 24 June.
The return leg is slated for Lobatse, Botswana on 02 July.
Coach Timo Tjongarero told Nampa on enquiry Saturday, the squad was selected from the Four Nations’ tournament in Walvis Bay over the Easter holidays.
“We have been in camp for the past six days and I am happy with the talent we have, but a lot still needs to be done. We selected 20 players in Walvis Bay but six of them dropped out of the team.
“We then lost three more players who were called out of the squad by their parents because they did not perform well in their exams. We had to call out extra players to join the camp, and before we play Botswana, the squad will be cut down to 20 players,” he said.
The coach added that he would have loved to add more players to his squad but due to the current school holidays, football is currently not being played in the regions.
“We have a lot of talented players in the squad but their physique is a bit of a concern. Most of these players are not big in body size, which can be a concern if we will play other teams with players that are big in body structure.
“We are also looking for goalkeepers, which is a bit of a concern at youth level,” said Tjongarero.