Hotto, Gebhardt included in Namibia squad for Cosafa Cup

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Brave Warriors of Namibia coach Bobby Samaria has named a provisional 35-man squad for the team’s participation at the 20th edition of the Cosafa Cup next month

The highly anticipated tournament will be played in South Africa, Nelson Mandela Bay from 7 to 18 July.

Leading Brave Warriors and Mamelodi Sundowns striker Peter Shalulile is ruled out with injury.

Samaria stated that in finalising the provisional squad, which includes Orlando Pirates star Deon Hotto and Baroka defender Ananias Gebhardt, he considered the expected Covid-19 tests as well as the pre-season training for the players.

“This squad sends a message of no complacency to all players. It’s a squad with depth and that is key. You have your Covid-19 tests and also the professionals will start with their pre-season at their respective clubs and we need to ensure that our plans works out at all costs in case they are not released,” explained Samaria.

Contact sports is banned in Namibia until month-end and with the Cosafa Cup to start on 7 July, Samaria will be taking his charges to South Africa.

“By the weekend or so depending on the flights availability, we should be gone to start with training. We will be facing great competition at Cosafa Cup and we have to prepare thoroughly,” stated Samaria.

Namibia will face guests Senegal, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique and Samaria relish the challenge in Group C, arguably the group of death.

“The association confirmed our participation for us to go and compete and Senegal expressed interest because we face them in World Cup qualifiers later this year and so we need to be prepared as well. Zimbabwe is always strong and Mozambique have become our arch-rivals, so it will be a good competition for us.”

Here is the provisional Brave Warriors squad for the 2021 Cosafa Cup tournament:

Goalkeepers

Loydt Kazapua, Virgil Vries, Edward Maova, Kamaijanda Ndisiro

Defenders

Tiberius Lombardt, Kennedy Amutenya, Larry Horaeb, Ananias Gebhardt, Immanuel Heita, Riaan Hanamub, Ivan Kamberipa, Emilio Martin, Amazing Kandjii, Aprocius Petrus, Charles Hambira.

Midfielders:

Deon Hotto, Dynamo Fredericks, Ambrosius Amseb, Wendel Rudath, Quinton van Staden, Gustav Isaak, Lewellyn Stanley, Absalom Iimbondi, Marcel Papama, Prins Tjiueza, Willy Stephanus, Alfeus Handura, Wesley Katjiteo

Forwards:

McCartney Naweseb, Sadney Urikhob, Elmo Kambindu, Isaskar Gurirab, Joslin Kamatuka, Junior Theophilus and Salomon Omseb. – nfa.org.na

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By FARPost Reporter 

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