Dr Hage Geingob Cup fever

The Brave Warriors have upped their preparations for the sixth edition of the Dr Hage Geingob Cup on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium against Zambia.

Interim coach Bobby Samaria has announced a training squad of 24 players, who started training on Monday morning at the match venue.

All the players called up, with the exception of Hendrik Somaeb, were present at the two training sessions.

Speaking to Nampa at the training session, Samaria said he has opted to use locally-based players for the match against Zambia, before blending in foreign stars for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier matches scheduled for later this month.

Benson Shilongo, who plays for Egyptian team Ismaily, has also joined the squad.

“Zambia will also bring their African Nations Championship (Chan) team, as they have qualified for Cameroon 2020. It is important that we keep the team together, as it gives us an opportunity to see if we have the right quality for the tournament,” he said. He said the match against Zambia will also help improve the match fitness of locally-based players, who are currently inactive.

Samaria said he added two new technical team members in goalkeeper coach Sparks Gotlieb and Donatha Ngunovandu.

“We are playing the president’s cup and his motto has always been about inclusivity. This is our way to emulate his noble call, hence the presence of Donatha and Sparks. In addition, they are capable Namibians, who I believe can add value to our cause,” he said.

Samaria added that the technical team is only in place for the Dr Hage Geingob Cup.

The players training for the Hage Geingob Cup match are as follows:

Goalkeepers – Edward Maova, Ratanda Mbazuvara, Calvin Spiegel and Charles Uirab.

Defenders – Vitapi Ngaruka, Emilio Martin, Ivan Kamberipa, Pat-Nevin Uanivi, Aprocius Petrus, Gregory Auchumeb, Larry Horaeb and Tjiuna Tja Tjatindi.

Midfielders – Dynamo Fredericks, Immanuel Heita, Wendell Rudath, Obrey Amseb, Gustav lsaack, Llewelyn Stanley, Marcel Papama and Absalom Iimbondi.

Strikers – Benson Shilongo, Elmo Kambindu, Panduleni Nekundi, Isaskar Gurirab and Mapenzi Muwanei.