Back to Afcon business

LIMBA MUPETAMI

WINDHOEK

When Namibia gets back to business in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Chad and Guinea, it is the foreign crop of players who will lead the squad.

The secretary-general of the Namibia Football Association, Franco Cosmos, confirmed that the matches are on this month, with the Brave Warriors set to take on Chad on 24 March, and Guinea on the 28th, at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

Cosmos said he was waiting for head coach Bobby Samaria to announce the training details.

“Samaria has had a bereavement in the family and we had to give him time for that,” said Cosmos.

Namibia has quite a number of players in international leagues, with the local league still inactive.

Pool to pick from

Players such as Ryan Nyambe of English second-division club Blackburn Rovers, Mamelodi Sundowns’ Peter Shalulile, Orlando Pirates’ Deon Hotto, Baroka’s Joslin Kamatuka and Ananias Gebhardt, Chippa United’s Riaan Hanamub, Moroka Swallows’ goal stopper Virgil Vries, Petrus Shitembi of Terengganu in the Malaysian Super League, and Wangu Gome of Alashkert in the Armenian Premier League are the stars the country will rely on to get the much-needed points in Group A.

In the first leg of the qualifiers, Namibia beat Chad 2-1 at home. They will now face them away. In November 2019, Guinea beat Namibia 2-0 at the Stade du 28 September stadium. They will next face them at home. In November 2020, Namibia was defeated 1-0 by Mali at the Stade du 26 Mars stadium and again 2-1 on home soil.

So far, Mali leads the group with 10 points, followed in second place by Guinea with eight points. Namibia is in third spot on three points and Chad has one point.