Former Namibia captain Collin Benjamin says it would be a travesty to not include some of the ‘Young Warriors’ in Namibia’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) squad.
Benjamin strongly believes “the boys are good enough” to play for the senior national side, especially while their confidence is still sky-high following their recent historic exploits in the Cosafa U20 Championship in Port Elizabeth.
Namibia secured a first-ever qualification to next year’s under-20 Africa Cup of Nations finals, after finishing runners-up to Mozambique at the Cosafa Championship last Sunday.
Benjamin is among a handful of the country’s most successful exports, having spent 13 years as a professional in Germany. He left for Europe aged 21.
“In European football, you’re already old at that age. They feel there’s not much they can teach you at that stage. I got my break through hard work and luck,” said Benjamin, who was on HSV Hamburg’s books from 2001 to 2011 before ending his career at 1860 Munich.
“I think we will fail these boys if none of them make it into the Brave Warriors’ Chan squad. I would rather have three or four of those boys on the bench than a 33-year-old. It says a lot about us as a country and our priorities if we don’t do that,” said Benjamin.
“We might get beaten with big scores, but it’s better to lose with kids who need the experience to grow than to lose with old men at the end of their careers. That experience is priceless.”
During his illustrious European adventure, Benjamin shared the pitch with elite players like Thierry Henry, Michael Ballack, Miroslav Klose, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller, Robinho, Luis Figo and Ronaldinho.
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By FARPost Reporter