Samaria squad based on hard work

Interim coach Bobby Samaria has announced his 20 Brave Warriors for the 2020 African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifiers against Comoros on 26 July in Moroni.

22 July 2019 | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA



Interim coach Bobby Samaria says he has selected his final squad based on the hard work the players put in at training and the fact that some carry an Afcon and Cosafa tag with them.

The coach will take a 20-man squad to the Comoros today, where they face the Islanders on Friday.

The players he dropped were urged to continue training as they still have a chance to play in the second leg.

The coach said he was impressed by the way the players came out to play and fight for places in the squad.

“The players were honest and came to fight. My final selection is guided by my thinking process. The guys in the final team deserve it, including the new guys. This country is blessed with talent.

“The team is made up of players who played at Cosafa and those that were at Afcon finals and that is the investment that Ricardo Mannetti made and we now go and make the second leg relevant,” Samaria said.

Namibia will play their second leg of the encounter at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on 2 August.

The winner of the Brave Warriors and Comoros match will take on the winner of Madagascar and Mozambique in the third and final round of the qualifiers.

Namibia will be eager to do a repeat on the Comoros at the end of this month to pave their way towards Chan.

In 2017, Brave Warriors forward Muna Katupose booked a place for the team in the 2018 Chan tournament after scoring a brace against Comoros with Mannetti at the helm.

In 2018 at the Chan finals in Morocco, Namibia lost 2-0 to Morocco in the quarterfinals after winning two matches and drawing one in the group stage.

The Brave Warriors to Comoros: Ratanda Mbazuvara, Charles Uirab, Ivan Kamberipa, Obrey Amseb, Marcel Papama and Gustav Isaak, Larry Horaeb and Junias Theophilus, Aprocious Petrus, Immanuel Heita, Dynamo Fredericks, Vitapi Ngaruka, Emilio Martin, Wendell Rudath, Llewelyn Stanley and Absalom Iimbondi, Gregory Auchumeb, Isaskar Gurirab, Elmo Kambindu and Revered Matroos (Young Brazilians)

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