Brave Warriors interim head coach Bobby Samaria has called up a provisional squad of 31 players into camp, in preparation for the 2021 African Nations Championship (Chan), to be staged early next year in Cameroon.
Despite the lack of a domestic league in the last few years, Namibia have managed to qualify along with fellow Cosafa sides Zambia and Zimbabwe and have been drawn in Group D.
There have been reports that Namibia will try to arrange a friendly with Zimbabwe ahead of the competition, but that is complicated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Samaria says the team is hard at work as they want to ensure that the players’ fitness is brought to the best possible level and have them in great shape within reasonable time.
“The challenge is getting the players match fit and what compounds matters is we won’t be able to play regional teams as we did prior to Covid-19 unless those teams get tested for Covid too,” he said.
Namibia open their campaign against Guinea on January 19 before facing Tanzania four days later and round out their pool play against Zambia on January 27. The top two teams in each pool advance to the quarterfinals.
The competition is only open to players who ply their trade in their domestic league.
The Tafel Lager Brave Warriors are traveling to Walvis Bay, where they will spend five days in training camp for CHAN preps, before returning to the Capital.
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