WINDHOEK, 16 APR – Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti has named a squad of 27 players to prepare for the friendly match against Swaziland in Manzini on Thursday.
Namibia’s senior national football team has been invited to compete in a friendly match against Sihlangu Semnikati, as the Swaziland national senior football team is also known.
The match will form part of celebrations for Swaziland’s 50th year of independence and King Mswati III’s 50th birthday.
During a media conference held at Football House in Katutura on Monday, Mannetti said he selected a squad that will see 10 to 13 new players join the senior national team for the first time.
“The squad I called up will not have any Black Africa players because this friendly match falls on a date that is not an International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) date and therefore, Black Africa asked us to excuse their players as they are preparing for the Debmarine Namibia Cup over the weekend.”
The coach added that the friendly match will give him the opportunity to see how many new players he can add to the pool he already has.
“We are going to have a one-day training session on Tuesday and then fly out to Swaziland on Wednesday for the match on Thursday. I am confident that the players selected will give a good account of themselves when they put on the national colours,” he said.
The squad will be trimmed down to 20 players who will travel to Swaziland.
The 27-man squad is as follows: goalkeepers Ratanda Mbazuvara, Immanuel Immanuel and Edward Maova; defenders Ferdinand Karongee, Tjinotjiua Tjiuana Tja, Kennedy Amutenya, Rehabeam Mbango, Donovan Kanjaa, Kennedy Eib, Kleopas Useb, Riaan Hanamub, Charles Hambira; midfielders Petrus Shitembi, Ronald Ketjijere, Gustav Isaak, Himeezembi Hengombe, Elvis Patire, Marcel Papama, Ikuaterua Hoveka, Absalom Iimondi, Mapenzi Muwanei and strikers Willem Pinehas, Vernon Klaazen, Josef Nghifindwako, Panduleni Nekundi, Marius Hashipala and Itamunua Keimuine.