WINDHOEK, JUNE 10 – Fresh off the back of a morale-boosting 1-0 victory over African giants Ghana on Sunday in Dubai, Namibia men’s senior soccer team head coach Ricardo Mannetti has named his final 23-man squad that will represent Namibia at the 2019 African Cup of Nations Finals in Egypt.
Mannetti said his selection was based on tactics, conditioning, performance and attitude during the last two weeks of assessment.
“Those are the pillars of our decision. Also the inclusion of Ryan Nyambe at the back, his versatility is key for the changes at the back,” said Mannetti, on the Namibia Football Association’s website.
Players left out of the final 23 men squad are Virgil Vries, Chris Katjiukua, Teberius Lombard, Benjamen Nenkavu and Wesley Katjiteo.
“We feel this team has the right energy, they are right for the tactics and will represent Namibia to the best of their abilities. These are the right players with the right work ethic and harmony.”
The Brave Warriors are in Group D at the 32nd Afcon finals and will play Morocco on June 23 before taking on South Africa on June 28, both at Al Salam Stadium. They will play their final group game against Ivory Coast on 1 July at Cairo International Stadium.
Final 23 man squad: Ratanda Mbazuvara, Loydt Kazapua, Max Mbaeva, Ryan Nyambe, Larry Horaeb, Denzil Haoseb, Ivan Kamberipa, Charles Hambira, Riaan Hanamub, Ananias Gebhardt, Absalom Iimbondi, Willy Stephanus, Petrus Shitembi, Ronald Ketjijere, Dynamo Fredericks, Marcel Papama, Manfred Starke, Deon Hotto, Itamunua Keimuine, Benson Shilongo, Peter Shalulile, Joslyn Kamatuka and Isaskar Gurirab. – NFA.ORG.NA