Warriors duo to miss Comoros clash due to suspensions

15 Aug 2017 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 15 AUG (NAMPA) - Brave Warriors left-back Riaan Hanamub and central defender Tiberius Lombard will miss the crucial second leg of the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier against Comoros here on Sunday due to suspensions.
The two were booked by referees for transgressions during the games against Zimbabwe in Harare and the Comoros in Moroni, meaning they miss out on the game at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Brave Warriors Coach Ricardo Mannetti confirmed their suspensions in a media statement issued by the Namibia Football Association on Tuesday.
“Riaan and Tiberius have been solid at the back from the Zimbabwe game to Comoros and now they will miss the most important game thus far, but that is football. They have made sacrifices on the pitch and now other Warriors have to step in and fill the positions and make sure we progress,” said Mannetti.
He added that although the suspensions will affect the team’s rhythm, other players now have the chance to fight for positions in the team.
These include Edmund Kambanda, Charles Hambira and Romario Ndjavera, who are expected to help Namibia make history against the Comorians.
“We have players that understand what is expected of them and now is the time for them to come in and go down in history with qualification to Chan,” he added.
The statement added that Roger Katjiteo and Dynamo Fredericks are recovering well from a hamstring injury and a light bout of flu, respectively.
Namibia lost the first leg by two goals to one last Sunday in Comoros and face the same team for the return leg on Sunday.
Mannetti called on all Namibian football lovers to come to the stadium in large numbers and cheer on the Brave Warriors in their quest to qualify for the bi-annual tournament.
The team is training at the Sam Nujoma Stadium daily at 15h00.
The fifth edition of Chan will run from 11 January to 02 February 2018 in Kenya.