Nyambe back in the fray

The Brave Warriors are set to play Chad and Guinea in the first two 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) group stage qualifiers.

12 November 2019 | Sports

Blackburn Rovers and Brave Warriors international Ryan Nyambe has been included in Bobby Samaria's squad that will be in action tomorrow at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 18:00.

The national team will battle Chad in their first 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) group qualifier, before playing Guinea away on Sunday.

“It's a big game for us to play our first Afcon qualifiers at home. Home games matter so much and we need to show up to ensure we get the job done.

“Lessons were taken from the Zambia defeat (at the weekend) and we march on towards qualification for the next Afcon finals.

“As for Ryan, he will be making his home debut and it's important that with the help from his teammates he settles in quickly and does the job for his country,” Samaria said.

The defender last played for the national team during Afcon 2019 in Egypt.

One of the notable players who have not been called up is goalkeeper Maximilian Mbaeva, who was also part of the 2019 Afcon finals.

Most of the players who played in Egypt will tackle Chad and Guinea.

Zanaco FC's Tiberius Lombard, who was a surprise omission from the 2019 Afcon squad, will be playing in the qualifiers.

Another player who suffered omission before Afcon 2019, goalkeeper Virgil Vries, has been included in Samaria's squad.

German-based midfielder Manfred Stark has, however, been left out of the squad.

In-form forward Peter Shalulile is expected to lead the attack against Chad tomorrow.

Last season's MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) top goal-scorer Isaskar Gurirab has been included in the squad.

Tickets for tomorrow's match are selling for N$30 at all Pick n Pay stores countrywide and at NFA Football House.

Namibia will then travel to Guinea for Sunday's match. They play their qualifier against Mali next year.

The Brave Warriors are drawn in Group A with Mali, Guinea and Chad.



The squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers - Ratanda Mbazuvara, Edward Maova, Loydt Kazapua and Virgil Vries. Defenders - Chris Katjiukua, Tiberius Lombard, Ryan Nyambe, Larry Horaeb, Denzil Haoseb, Emilio Martin, Riaan Hanamub, Ivan Kamberipa and Approcious Petrus. Midfielders - Petrus Shitembi, Wangu Gome, Benjamin Nenkavu, Immanuel Heita, Dynamo Fredericks, Marcel Papama, Deon Hotto, Absalom Iimbondi and Llewellyn Stanley. Forwards - Peter Shalulile, Elmo Kambindu, Benson Shilongo, Joslin Kamatuka, Panduleni Nekundi and Isaskar Gurirab.

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