28 Nov 2018 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 28 NOV (NAMPA) Cole Mungendje, under-20 (U-20) national football team manager for the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five Games, aims for gold at this years event.
Apart from football, Namibia will compete in nine other sports codes at the games that will be held from 03 to 18 December 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Mungendje said they have called up a strong squad for the competition.
In 2014 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe we finished third at these games; we are now going for gold this year. We still have some of the players who competed in Zimbabwe whom we believe will use that experience to win us games in Botswana, he said.
The manager also called on the selected squad to report for a training camp on Friday at the Namibia Football Association (NFA) head office in Katutura.
Most of our players are still in the regions and we are therefore calling on them to be at NFA on Friday as we will have a short training session on Saturday, before we travel to Botswana on Sunday afternoon.
Mungendje reminded the players to come with their passports as well as certified copies of their parents national identity documents that will be needed at the border.
A group of 152 athletes were selected during the Namibia Sports Commission Youth Games held in the capital earlier this year. They will compete in athletics, para-athletics, boxing, judo, netball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, football (male and female) and basketball (male).
Team Namibia ended sixth overall with 40 medals at the 2016 games held in Luanda, Angola. Namibia collected five gold, 19 silver and 16 bronze medals.
The football players called up:
Pascual Kambinda Matende, Erastus Ambambi, Promise Gurirab, Thomas Bantam, Mandema Kudumo, Steven Damaseb, Danzel Narib, Prins Tjiueza, Tyrin Hans Jnr George, Jarule Awaseb, Gonzales Tsuseb, Ikuaterua Mungendje, Ndjiharine Katjivena, Penouua Amazing Kandjii, Edmar Ronaldo Kamatuka, Xavier McClune, Zander McClune and Uaandjua Kurangera.