Nauseb impressed with Namibia’s return to training

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Namibia assistant coach Robert Nauseb is pleased by the players’ spirit as training intensity is ramped up ahead of next month’s international friendly against Bafana Bafana amid the coronavirus pandemic.

‘The Brave Warriors’ will square off against Bafana on October, 08  in South Africa as both nations prepare for their upcoming 2020 Cosafa Cup and African Nations Championship (Chan) campaigns as well as the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers in November.

Nauseb, a ‘Warriors’ legend said he was impressed by the team’s work ethic and response in training. “Obviously after several months without kicking the ball, the response was a bit hard on the first day.

“On day one, we had two training sessions and as we proceeded, one could see the legs are coming together much better and better,” Nauseb told New Era Sport, a Nambian online publication.

Picture courtesy of Namibia Football Association (NFA). 

“We are really happy with the progress of players on the fitness level, we thought we had a big challenge but it doesn’t look like it’s a challenge because the response from the boys is looking good.”

Namibia has been without topflight football for almost two years due to the ongoing fight between the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the Namibia Premier League (NPL with Nauseb stating that the players are eager and hungry for some action.

“This morning (yesterday) we did a little bit of fitness training with the boys and we are happy with the percentage that we got out of the whole group, at least we are 80% and we still need to put in more work, then we will see how the level will be,” added the former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder.

The 2020 Cosafa tournament is scheduled for the 2-17 October in Durban while the Chan takes place early next year in Cameroon.

Namibia’s interim head coach Bobby Samaria this week called up a 35-member squad for a training camp in preparation for the upcoming Bafana friendly.

“We will try our best for them (South Africa) to be ready at full capacity at least a day before the match,” he concluded.

The ex-Chiefs was recently appointed Namibia’s assistant coach following the departure of Woody Jacobs earlier this month.

Brave Warriors squad:

Goalkeepers: Ratanda Mbazuvara, Kamaijanda Ndisiro, Jonas Matheus, Immanuel Immanuel.

Defenders: Emilio Martin,Vitapi Ngaruka, Ivan Kamberipa, Pat-Nevin Uanivi, Larry Horaeb, Gregory Aukumeb, Approcius Petrus,Rehabeam Mbango, Tjiuana Tja Tjinotjiua, Erasmus Ikeinge, Johannes Mutanga, Denzil Haoseb, Kleopas Nuukushu

Midfielders: Dynamo Fredericks, Immanuel Heita, Ambrosius Amseb,Wendell Rudath, Gustav Isaak, Alfeus Handura, Llewelyn Stanley, Absalom Iimbondi, Wesley Katjiteo, Marcel Papama, Brandon Neibeb, Willy Stephanus

Forwards: Elmo Kambindu, Issaskar Gurirab, Panduleni Nekundi, Mapanzi Muwanei, Monis Omseb, Hendrik Somaeb

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By FARPost Reporter

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