Namibia Under-20 team in Cosafa championship limbo

23 Oct 2018 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 23 OCT (NAMPA) – The National Under-20 men’s football team might not participate in the 2018 Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) tournament scheduled for Kitwe, Zambia from 30 November to 13 December 2018.
This was noted by both Cosafa, through a press release on Monday, and Namibia Football Association (NFA) secretary general Barry Rukoro in a telephonic interview on Tuesday.
In the statement, Cosafa said Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and associate member, Reunion have confirmed their participation.
Rukoro said the NFA is currently facing bottlenecks in accessing funds to enable them to deal with the issues related to the under-20 team, but that he was hoping the executive committee will make a final decision this coming weekend.
“We have always participated in this event and we want to participate this year as well. But accessing finances for preparation of this team has been a challenge. The Exco will make a final decision on that matter over the weekend,” Rukoro explained.
The Cosafa Under-20 Championship is used as a developmental tournament which over the years has produced top quality players, who have gone on to forge successful careers as professional footballers and for their respective national teams.
The current Brave Warriors squad includes players such as Sadney Urikhob, Larry Horaeb, Denzil Haoseb, and Petrus Shitembi who played in the 2010 final of the Cosafa Under-20 tournament against Zambia, losing 4-1, in Botswana.
They were coached by current national team coach Ricardo Mannetti and Bernard Kaanjuka.