Brave Warriors' preparations for 2020 CHAN on track

17 Jul 2019 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 17 JUL (NAMPA) – The Brave Warriors’ first two training sessions ahead of the 2020 African Nations Championship qualifier against Comoros went well, newly appointed interim coach Bobby Samaria has said.
The team has two weeks to prepare for their two-legged qualifying game against Comoros, with the first leg scheduled for Moroni in the Comoros on 26 July and the second leg for Windhoek on 02 August.
Speaking to Nampa at the end of the second training session on Tuesday, the first day of camp held at the Namibia Football Association Technical Centre, Samaria said all players who were called up for camp, turned up.
He added that he was impressed by the players’ level of fitness.
“The guys are showing eagerness to work hard. That alone tells me we are in the right direction. In the morning we did a fitness test which went well. Only Larry Horaeb has a niggling injury which he brought from Afcon (Africa Cup of Nations).”
He said the players’ fitness levels are not as bad as some people would have expected given that they last played competitive football almost six weeks ago.
Two players, Absalom Iimbondi and Charles Hambira, were absent for different reasons.
“Touches (Iimbondi) was in the north for family reasons but he will join us tomorrow (Wednesday). Charlo (Hambira) has trials in South Africa,” the coach explained.
Samaria took charge of the team after designated coach Collin Benjamin turned down the offer to work with the team following a disagreement with the International Federation of Association Football (Fifa) Normalisation Committee over the terms and conditions of employment.
He replaces Ricardo Mannetti, whose six-year contract will come to an end on 31 July 2019.
He has roped in Woody Jacobs as his assistant, and retained Tim Isaacs as team manager, while Harry January remains goalkeeper coach and Charl Botha also retained his position as biogenetics, fitness and conditioning coach.