22 Aug 2016 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 22 AUG (NAMPA) Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti has called up 20 players for the upcoming 2017 Confederation Africa Football (CAF) Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group K qualifiers against Senegal.
The match is scheduled for the 03 September in Dakar, Senegal.
At a media conference on Monday, Mannetti said the team started training at the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Technical Centre, with local based players only.
The coach stated that the team is taking this game seriously and they will go to Dakar to prove a point.
I believe in defying the odds and this game gives us a chance to better history. Senegal has been dominant over our team and we now have a chance to go there and make sure we do better than the last time we lost 2-0 at home against them, he said.
No major surprises were included in his team with defender Chris Katjiukua and goalkeeper Virgil Vries making a comeback, following their exclusion during the 2016 Confederation of African Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup in June.
Also back in the squad after an injury is Petrus Shitembi and Da Costa Angula, while there was still no room for the Thailand-based trio of Willy Stephunus, Lazarus Kaimbi and Tangeni Shipau, as well as club-less defender Willem Mwedihanga.
I have selected this 20-man squad based on their performance in the Cosafa cup. Mwedihanga has not yet made himself available for national duty following his request to be excused before the Cosafa.
As for the guys in Thailand, I did not select them because I am happy with the players I have right now, Mannetti said.
Denzil Haoseb will miss the clash due to suspension.
All these players lack match fitness as most clubs are in pre-season training but I have spoken to their coaches where they are training and hence, I start now with intense training before heading to Pretoria to the High Performance Centre before we depart for Dakar.
The Brave Warriors are out of contention for the 2017 finals in Guinea, having amassed only six points from five games played so far.
The group is topped by Burundi followed by Senegal. Niger is currently at the bottom of log with only three points.
The following 20 players will travel to Senegal from which the match 18 will be selected: Maxmillian Mbaeva (Golden Arrows); Virgil Vries (Maritzburg United); Da Costa Angula (Unattached); Chris Katjiukua (Golden Arrows); Ferdinand Karongee (Tigers); Tiberius Lombard (Tura Magic); Edmund Kambanda (UNAM); Oswaldo Xamseb (Tura Magic); Deon Hotto (Bloemfontein Celtic); Hendrick Somaeb (Unattached); Petrus Shitembi (Unattached); Absalom Iimbondi (Tigers); Larry Horaeb (Black Africa); Ananias Gebhardt (Jomo Cosmos); Wangu Gome (Bidvest Wits); Benson Shilongo (Platinum Stars); Dynamo Fredericks (Black Africa); Ronald Ketjijere (African Stars); Itamunua Keimuine (Tura Magic); and Peter Shalulile (Highland Parks).