30 Aug 2019 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 30 AUG (NAMPA) Brave Warriors head coach Bobby Samaria has announced a 23-man squad to face Eritrea in the first leg of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) World Cup 2022 preliminary round qualifier in Asmara on Wednesday.
There are major surprises on the squad list, with three players who missed the 2018 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt earlier this year making a welcome return to the squad.
Virgil Vries, Tiberius Lombard and Hendrick Somaeb have been recalled, while several players who were in Egypt miss out for various reasons.
Rian Hanamub and Absalom Iimbondi are out due to family bereavements, while Petrus Shitembi is in Germany for trials.
Ryan Nyambe and Manfred Starke are excused by the technical team as they are given a chance to fight for their positions in their respective clubs.
Denzil Haoseb just joined AS FAR in Morocco, and is also nursing an injury, while Itamunua Keimuine has not been considered.
Ananias Junior Gebhardt misses out because of the emergence of Approcious Petrus and Ivan Kamberipa at left back.
Samaria told the Namibia Football Association website that it was not easy selecting the 23 players for the Eritrea trip.
We have players missing with injuries and some on trials across the world, but Namibia is blessed with talent and now the players in [the squad] have to step up and deliver, he said.
The coach added that the final 23 are aware of the challenge ahead and he strongly believes they can do the job.
The team departs on Sunday for Asmara, Eritrea and the match will take place on Wednesday, with the return match slated for 10 September 2019 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
The final 23-man squad is as follows: Virgil Vries, Loydt Kazapua, Larry Horaeb, Aprocious Petrus, Ratanda Mbazuvara, Ivan Kamberipa, Obrey Amseb, Marcel Papama, Dynamo Fredericks, Vitapi Ngaruka, Immanuel Heita, Wendell Rudath, Llewelyn Stanley, Elmo Kambindu, Gregory Auchumeb, Willy Stephanus, Peter Shalulile, Chris Katjiukua, Benson Shilongo, Hendrik Somaeb, Deon Hotto, Joslin Kamatuka and Tiberius Lombard.