By John Tuerijama
BRAVE Warriors Head Coach, Ricardo Mannetti will blend youth and experience, after calling up some foreign based players for the trials in preparation for the international friendly match, against Lesotho.
The derby is slated for 27 March at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
After penning a success at the recently concluded African Nations Championships (CHAN) final held in Morocco, where Namibia’s Brave Warriors reached the quarter-finals, the Khomasdal-born coach is eager to present another upsetting team for the visitors.
In an Interview with Confidente, the Brave Warriors mentor expressed optimism to win he managed to rope in the likes of Maximillian Mbaeva, Deon Otto and Benson Shilongo back, after a year-long absence.
He said it was important for him to assess the fitness, shape and input the trio would have on the national team, after their lengthy absence from the national senior team.
The cup winning coach, further said that he had called up 12 potential players, after collaborating with the national under-20 and 23 coaches for the young players to get the necessary international exposure.
“It is interesting to blend both experience with this youthful side. The team will be captained by Ronald Ketjijere while the youngsters will be guided by the more experienced players.
“Most of these players ply their trade in the MTC Premiership, while there are also players playing for the national under-23 team and the under-21 national team players are also in the structure.
“These are players who we are preparing for their youth international competitions. Three years ago we introduced the likes of Peter Shalulile, when we played Swaziland during an international friendly.
“So this is just a continuation in introducing young players to the national fold and eventually into the Brave Warriors set-up,” he said.
He said: “The under-20 will be playing Botswana at the end of March, and we have decided as the national side’s technical team, to include them for Lesotho for the much needed experience.
“They are here to supplement the first eleven. We need to improve these players and hence a lot of potential names are on the list.
“We still have the core of the team, and we will have a big job to do against Lesotho. We need to beat Lesotho because they knockout us out of the Council of Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) tournament last year, and we need to prove ourselves.”
The Brave Warriors next international assignment would be the Cosafa Cup slated for 27 May to 7 June in neighbouring South Africa. Soon after the Cosafa campaign, the Brave Warriors will resume their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group K qualifiers against Zambia in September.
The Brave Warriors will also have home and away ties against Mozambique in October, while they also have a date with Guinea in November.
Mozambique heads Group K on three points, with Guinea in second place also on three points, followed by Namibia and Zambia who are yet to register a single point.
Players called for trials are: Maximillian Mbaeva, (Golden Arrows), Calvin Spiegel, Vitapi Ngaruka, Dynamo Fredericks, Natangwe Petrus (Black Africa), Vipua Tjimune, Panduleni Nekundi, and Ronald Ketjijere (African Stars), Enzo Mungendje, Romeo Kasume and Itamunua Keimune (Tura Magic), Hubert Mingeri (Life Fighters), Lubeni Haukongo, Abrocius Petrus and Anthony Kham (Eleven Arrows), Brendon Kotungondo, Absalom Imbondi and Ferdinand Karongee (Tigers, Donavan Kanjaa (Young African), Deon Hotto (Bloemfontein Celtic), Peter Shalulile (highland Park), Denzil Hoaseb ( Jomo Cosmos), Benson Shilongo (Aissiouty SC Israel), Riaan hanamub (Orlando Pirates) and Kennedy Eib from Mighty Gunners.
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