WINDHOEK, 11 May – The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has called up 32 players for a training camp in preparation for the 2018 Cosafa Under-17 Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) Championship to be held in Mauritius between 19 and 29 July.
According to a media statement availed to Nampa by the NFA on Thursday, the Baby Warriors, as the team is known, will convene in Windhoek under the tutelage of head coach Paul Shakes Malembu.
The 32 players that make up the preliminary team were scouted at the 2017 Skorpion Zinc Under-17 Cup and the team’s manager, Cole Mungendje said they were confident of getting the desired outcome from the training camp.
“The class of 2016 did their part and we now have to preserve the legacy and be counted in the region,” said Mungendje, referring to the squad that defeated South Africa in 2016 to win the tournament.
He added that more players will be scouted during this weekend’s Namibia National Youth Games taking place in Windhoek from Thursday to Sunday.
Mungendje added that the games came at an opportune time for the technical team to widen the net and reassess the options available.
Below is the preliminary Under-17 team: John Muronga (Kavango East), Titus Domingo, Johannes Salom and Merekisedek Hamukoto (Oshana), Erastus Ambambi, Erastus Nginoshiho (Omusati), Norman Ameb, Mutani Boois, Viuaa Kuhanga, Morgan Nanuseb, Joshua Kayimbi, Mbitjita Kaeka and Bradley Hanixab (Otjozondjupa), Promise Gurirab, Steven Damaseb, Thomas Bantam, Prince Tjiueza and Tyrone George (Erongo), Denzel Narib, John-Paul Beukes (Khomas), Collin Mbatjangovasi, Petwilla Kangameni, Masego Hobexab, Vicento Ganeb and Viera Kazongominja (Omaheke), Dandre Both and Heinrich Plaatjies (//Kharas), Petrus Kaveto and Pedritu Hausiku (Kavango West), Jamol Somseb (Oshikoto), Justin Schuster (Hardap) and Okamaru Gao-Khoib (Kunene).