Brave Warriors prepare for 2022 World Cup qualifiers

29 Aug 2019 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 29 AUG (NAMPA) – The Brave Warriors’ preparations for the Qatar Fifa World Cup 2022 preliminary rounds qualifiers are progressing well, as most local based players reported for training which started here on Monday.
Acting head coach Bobby Samaria revealed Wednesday that African Stars defender Pat-Nevin Uanivi and Mighty Gunners defender Kennedy Eib have been called up to replace the injured Denzil Haoseb, who also just recently signed for Morocco outfit FAR and Emilio Martin, who suffered food poisoning.
“Pat (Uanivi) deserves a chance in the national team for his consistent performance at club level. We are looking at him along with the rest of the players who are here,” he said.
The coach also explained that some players will not be considered for the first leg of the match for various reasons.
“These include Touches (Absalom Iimbondi) who has a family bereavement, while (Petrus) Shitembi is on trials in Germany. Lolo (Junias Theophilus) just left the country to sign with an Ethiopian club so he is also out of consideration for the first leg,” Samaria noted.
He said most foreign based players will however be joining the squad as from Thursday, with Tiberius Lombard linking up with the rest of the squad in Addis Ababa en route to Eritrea.
Peter Shalulile will join the squad Sunday morning before they depart later that day.
Samaria added that he has done some research on their opponents and was aware of their dangers as they aim to win for the first time.
“I know they played Botswana in 2015 in Francistown and lost 3-1, but they have gone on a rebuilding exercise. We can only underestimate them at our peril. We need to take them seriously,” he added.
Namibia leaves for Eritrea on Sunday before playing the game on 04 September, with the return leg fixture for 10 September at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
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