Namibia take Chan setbacks in their stride

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The Brave Warriors of Namibia will continue to prepare for the African Nations Championship Chan tournament in Cameroon later this month, despite 10 players and one technical staff member having tested positive for Covid-19.

Namibia are hard at work preparing for the Chan finals and are determined not to be derailed by the recent Covid-19 outbreak in their camp with the Namibia Football Association (NFA) confirming that the members of the team that tested positive had been isolated and placed in quarantine at their hotel.

However, the setback has not disrupted their preparations, with the rest of the squad continuing their daily training sessions at the NFA technical centre and this week, Brave Warriors assistant coach Robert Nauseb said they were well on track.

“The training is going well and even the guys who are in quarantine, we’ve given them a bit of work to carry on. Obviously not in that quarantine isolation, but they have enough time to be outside a bit, and then they put in a bit of work,” he said.

“I think they should be ready to join us by Friday. We are pushing the boys who are training now, but we still have to push the others who are in quarantine when they come out of it,” added Nauseb.

Nauseb said he was happy with the fitness levels of the players. “We are still lacking a bit of match fitness and that’s why we are trying to give them 90 minutes training sessions at least.

“It’s difficult just to have training sessions if you don’t have friendly matches as well, but we are happy with their performances during training and their level of fitness,” he said.

Namibia was supposed to play in a Tri-Nations pre-tournament against Rwanda and DR Congo, but their participation was cancelled after the Covid-19 outbreak, and Nauseb admitted that it had been a blow.

“Obviously it has affected our plans big time because we were looking forward to those two games to see where the boys are in terms of match fitness. So the situation is not good, but the health of the players comes first and we had to take that decision to cancel those matches.”

The Chan tournament is due to start in Cameroon on 16 January and will continue until 7 February. Namibia will compete in Group D against Zambia, Guinea, and Tanzania, with the top two teams progressing to the quarterfinals.

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By FARPost Reporter

all pictures courtesy of Namibia Football Association 

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