Safety not a concern
The security of Namibian footballers ahead of tonight’s clash against Guinea is nothing to be concerned about, Kamati said.
19 January 2021 | Sports
The Brave Warriors of Namibia will go head-to-head against West African nation Guinea in the second match of Group D in the African Nationals Championship (Chan) at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium in Cameroon tonight.
But before the two sides clash, Zambia and Tanzania will take to the pitch in the first match of the night, expected to start at 18:00.
The matches are expected to go ahead despite fears of another explosion, with one having taken place last Thursday outside the stadium.
While several vehicles were seen in flames via photographs of an assault which has caused ongoing concerns about the safety of the region due to separatist tensions, no fatalities have been reported.
According to Goal.com, the assault has been claimed by a group called the Fako Action Forces.
Namibia Football Association communication officer Dan Kamati said they have been assured of the team’s safety by relevant stakeholders.
He added that the Warriors remain focused on competing at the tournament.
Meanwhile, midfielder Marcel Papama - who spoke from Cameroon - said they are safe and hope that all will go well tonight.
Warriors gaffer Bobby Samaria didn’t respond to queries sent to him before going to print, and neither did team manager Tim Isaacs.
Despite not playing any matches before the tournament, fans hope that Namibia can pull off a surprise performance tonight.
Making their second consecutive appearance at the finals, Namibia qualified for the tournament after defeating Comoros Island 0-2 on aggregate in the second round.
In the first leg, they won 2-0 away and drew 0-0. The also beat Madagascar in the first round with a 2-1 aggregate. They lost the first leg match 1-0 in Madagascar but ended up beating them 2-0.
Their rivals Guinea were given a bye in the first round and were drawn against Senegal in the second. They then scored against Senegal in the second leg – Senegal had beaten them in the first leg. They then had to settle the score through post-match penalties with Guinea winning 3-1.
Namibia will face Tanzania in their second match this Saturday, 23 January, and will then go on to play Zambia on Wednesday, 27 January.
The Brave Warriors squad is as follows:
Edward Maova, Ratanda Mbazuvara, Kamaijanda Ndisiro, Charles Hambira, Jonas Mateus, Emilio Martin, Vitapi Ngaruka, Ivan Kamberipa, Pat-Nevin Uanivi, Aprocious Petrus, Gregory Aukumeb, Johannes Mutanga, Erasmus Ikeinge, Alfeus Handura, Dynamo Fredericks, Absalom Iimbondi, Immanuel Heita, Ambrocius Amseb, Wendell Rudath, Gustav Isaak, Llewelyn Stanley, Wesley Katjiteo, Brandon Neibeb, Panduleni Nekundi, Isaskar Gurirab, Deryl Goagoseb, Elmo Kambindu and Papama.