09 Aug 2017 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 09 AUG (NAMPA) Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti on Wednesday announced a 20-member squad that will travel to Comoros for the African Nations Championship (Chan) third round match on Sunday.
At a media briefing held at Football House, he said apart from Loydt Kazapua who was injured in the previous round against Zimbabwe, the squad remains the same.
Edward Maova will replace Kazapua in goals, and he will be deputised by Charles Uirab.
I am pretty certain that the rest of the starting 11 will be similar to the one that played the previous round, but we will see, Mannetti said.
He added that captain Ronald Katjijere is back in training after he was given off a week and a half to recover from injury.
The coach declared that all the players were injury free, adding that their match fitness levels have improved a lot.
He cautioned against underestimating the Comoros team, saying the fact that they are playing in the third and final qualifying round means they are a force to be reckoned with.
They knocked out Lesotho, the same team that knocked us out of the 2017 Cosafa Cup in South Africa, so we should not treat them lightly, Mannetti emphasised.
Asked what game plan he has, the coach said he would prefer to finish the job in the Comoros rather than wait for the return leg in Windhoek.
The aim is to get a positive result so that when we come to Namibia, the boys can be relaxed without any added pressure. It would set the stage up nicely for an entertaining match, he said.
Namibia leaves for Comoros Saturday morning in a chartered plane.
They will fly back straight after the match to prepare for the return leg next Sunday.
If Namibia beats Comoros over the two legs, they will qualify for the 5th Chan scheduled for 11 January to 02 February in Kenya.
The squad is:
Goalkeepers: Charles Uirab, Edward Maova
Defenders: Tiberius Lombard, Charles Hambira, Ferdinand Karongee, Riaan Hanamub, Larry Horaeb, Edmund Kambanda
Midfielders: Ronald Ketjijere (captain), Dynamo Fredericks, Oswaldo Xamseb, Immanuel Heita, Benyamin Nenkavu, Petrus Shitembi, Absalom Iimbondi
Strikers: Itamunua Keimuine, Hendrick Somaeb, Roger Katjiteo, Mapenzi Muwanei and Muna Katupose