Namibia interim head coach Bobby Samaria admits the scepticism around the COSAFA Cup will take place could have a big influence on the final squad that he will select on Friday.
Samaria along with assistant coach Robert Nauseb took a squad of 35 locally based players through their paces at the NFA Technical Centre on Tuesday.
“We are preparing for the international friendly against South Africa on 8 October, as well as for the COSAFA Cup competition, which was originally supposed to take place from 2 to 17 October, but now it looks like that will be deferred,” said Samaria.
“So we are now in two minds, because we have this group of local-based players, and then we have also called up nine international players. We are also not oblivious to the traveling arrangements of Manfred Starke in Germany, Benson Shilongo in Egypt, and Petrus Shitembi in Malaysia, but I think we won’t consider them for this particular match.
“We will concentrate more on the guys in the SADC region, the players in South Africa, and of course, Teberius Lombard in Zambia for the international friendly if the COSAFA Cup goes ahead. If not, then we’ll use maybe two or three from the international group and give that opportunity to the bulk of the local-based players for the South Africa match,” added the ‘Brave Warriors’ mentor.
The acting secretary-general of the Namibia Football Association, Franco Cosmos stated that the Cosafa Cup had not been finalised as yet. The tournament was initially scheduled to be placed in Durban from 2 to 17 October,
“We haven’t received an update on that yet, and they are still in meetings discussing the issue,” he said.
“The international friendly against South Africa will now take place on 8 October in South Africa, but we are waiting for confirmation of the venue from the South African Football Association (SAFA),” concluded Cosmos.
Namibia’s nine foreign-based players in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) are Peter Shalulile, Deon Hotto, Virgil Vries, Ananias Gebhardt, Lloyd Kazapua, Chris Katjiukua, Max Mbaeva, Denzil Haoseb and Riaan Hanamub.
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