… Uirab is only change for clash against Comoros
By John Tuerijama
Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti has made one change to his squad that will tackle Comoros in the first leg of a 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier that takes place on Sunday in the capital city of Moroni.
Goalkeeper Charles Uirab has been brought into the squad as a replacement for Loydt Kazapua, who picked up a left shoulder injury during the away leg of the CHAN qualifier against Zimbabwe last month.
Namibia moved into the third round of the qualifiers after defeating the Warriors via a penalty shootout, which broke the 2-2 aggregate stalemate.
Mannetti yesterday announced a 20-man squad that will be skippered by Ronald Ketjijere, while in the striking department, the head coach has pinned his hopes on Hendrik Somaeb, who the Brave Warriors mentor described as “foxy, witty and deadly in front of an opponent’s goalmouth”.
The Comoros is a volcanic island off Africa’s east coast, and is situated in the warm Indian Ocean waters of the Mozambique Channel.
While announcing the team at the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Galz Centre, Mannetti said they are not in any way underestimating the Comoros, who downed Lesotho in their most recent CHAN qualifier, to earn the right to face Namibia.
“Our mission is to qualify for the 2018 CHAN finals, slated for Kenya. The players have demonstrated positivity and confidence, since they returned from the Cosafa Castle Cup held in South Africa in June.
“We will definitely keep the players grounded and disciplined, I must tell you that I’m a very strict coach, and since we played Zimbabwe home and away, the players are now focused on the mission at hand; this is the best that I’ve seen in terms of the team spirit, compared to when we were in South Africa for the Cosafa Castle Cup,” said the coach.
The trip to the Comoros will not be via Johannesburg, as the team will take a direct Air Namibia chartered flight on Saturday, and return home after the match the following day.
Mannetti said they had negotiated with Air Namibia for an affordable price, considering the current economic situation football was in.
He also thanked Air Namibia’s management for their consideration and understanding.
The Brave Warriors’ home tie against Comoros is scheduled for next Sunday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
The squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Edward Maova and Charles Uirab Defenders: Larry Horaeb, Ferdinard Karongee, Tiberius Lombard, Riaan !Hanamub, Charles Hambira and Edmund Kambanda
Midfielders: Imannuel Heita, Dynamo Fredericks, Oswaldo Xamseb, Ronald Ketjijere, Benyamen Nekuva, Petrus Shitembi and Absalom Iimbondi
Forwards: Hendrik Somaeb, Itamunua Keimuine, Muna Katupose, Roger Kumbee Katjiteo and Mapensi Muwanei
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