Samaria's future still up in the air

22 October 2019 | Sports

The Fifa normalisation committee is remaining mum on whether Brave Warriors interim coach Bobby Samaria will get the nod to coach the national team on a full-time basis.

Samaria and his charges qualified for the 2020 African Nation Championships (Chan) finals over the weekend, after beating Madagascar 2-1 on aggregate.

The caretaker coach has also helped the national team qualify for the group stage of the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

Sources close to the Namibia Football Association (NFA) say Samaria is the frontrunner to be appointed on a permanent basis.

The position became vacant after former coach Ricardo Mannetti's contract expired at the end of the July.

The normalisation committee remains secretive on who will get the nod for the hot seat.

“I think the issue of Bobby Samaria is irrelevant right now,” normalisation committee chairperson Hilda Basson-Namundjebo briefly said.

Samaria won the MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) title with African Stars in 2009.

He went on to win the league with Stars again the following year and also won the Leo NFA Cup.

In 2015, Samaria won the Bidvest Namibia Cup with Tigers, after parting ways with the Reds.

Samaria returned to African Stars after a short stint with Tigers and won the Standard Bank Super Cup.

He steered Stars to another premier league title and the Debmarine Namibia Cup trophy during the 2017/18 season.

Samaria then once again parted ways with the club, making way for Robert Nauseb at the beginning of the 2018/19 season.

Nauseb, however, did not impress during his short spell with Stars, prompting the club to call on Samaria again.

Stars finished second last season, but managed to win the Standard Bank Top 8.

Samaria replaced long-serving Brave Warriors coach Mannetti, whose contract was not extended after returning from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) earlier this year.

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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