English Championship side Blackburn Rovers will not allow defender Ryan Nyambe to play for the Brave Warriors of Namibia during the international period due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
Rovers opted against releasing the 23-year-old for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Guinea in Windhoek on 28 March, as Namibia is on the United Kingdom’s red list of countries with a travel ban imposed on them.
The club informed the Namibia Football Association (NFA) that Nyambe will not join the national side, as he would be required to quarantine at a government-approved facility for 10 days following his return to the UK.
Capped seven times by Namibia, the bustling defender yesterday said he was gutted about not being able to help the Brave Warriors in the must-win clash.
“I won’t be coming this month for the qualifiers. The club won’t be releasing me, as Namibia is on the red list, and I will have to isolate when I return,” Nyambe told the NFA website.
Namibia need to beat Guinea to qualify for the finals in Cameroon. The Warriors were handed a three-point lifeline following Chad’s expulsion from the qualifiers.
Chad, of which the national federation was disbanded by the government, were due to host Namibia in N’Djamena on 24 March before travelling to face Mali in Bamako on 28 March.
Already qualified for the continental showpiece tournament, Mali were also awarded three points to tally 13. This leaves Guinea (8) and Namibia (6) to fight for the second qualifier from Group A.
“We have the team to do the job. I can’t contribute now, but the lads are good enough to do it. We have the players to do it,” said Nyambe.
Other European-based Brave Warriors in a similar situation are midfielders Manfred Starke in Germany and Wangu Gome Batista in Armenia.
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By FARPost Reporter