Namibia head coach Bobby Samaria is impressed by the ‘Young Warriors’ who sealed a historic first under-20 Africa Cup of Nations qualification during the Cosafa U20 Championship in Port Elizabeth.
On Sunday, Namibia finished runners-up to Mozambique as they lost 1-0 in the final but managed to secure a spot at the Afcon finals in Mauritania next year.
Samaria was effusive in his assessment of the youngsters’ performance as they exceeded expectations to finish in the top two of the regional competition.
“The team did exceptionally well and represented us with pride. Our captain Steven Damaseb did justice to the armband and he will now lead the U20 at Afcon next year, God willing,” Samaria told Namibian Sport.
“Congratulations to the entire team and technical staff,” he added.
In addition to the malleable Damaseb Jr, Samaria said playmaker Prinz Tjiueza, No.9 Giovani Kaninab, centre-half Ngazikue Kandetu and goalkeeper Ruhuka Ngatangue “were outstanding”.
With an ageing senior national team at his disposal, Samaria knows the importance of adding new blood to sustain the ‘Brave Warriors’ international renaissance.
“I think it is important to gradually draft youth players into the senior side for them to learn from the seniors,” concluded Samaria.
The ‘Young Warriors’ returned home on Tuesday.
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