The Namibia Football Association (NFA) have confirmed that the Brave Warriors will play their upcoming 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying home matches in South Africa.
Namibia will host Congo (Brazzaville) at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, pending approval from the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Matchday is set for between 1 and 4 September.
Subsequent successive home legs against Senegal and Togo in October will also take place in South Africa, which administered Namibia until 1990.
According to the Namibian Newspaper, Caf has decommissioned regular Windhoek venues Sam Nujoma Stadium and Independence Stadium for being substandard.
“It is an embarrassment for our nation that we cannot play our home matches at home. The worst part is that we are pumping money into another economy instead of our own, especially during such difficult times,” said Namibia FA secretary-general Franco Cosmos.
“The Caf inspector said it is very dangerous to play there. When our leagues resume, no matches will be held there.”
The situation extends indefinitely to the Brave Gladiators and junior national sides when their international assignments come around.
“It is going to cost the NFA a lot more than when we are at home. As the host nation, we must take on the costs of the visiting plus our own expenditures over there,” says Cosmos, without providing an exact figure.
On average, it costs roughly over N$1 million to host a senior home international.
That figure is expected to double when staging it on foreign soil. The projected bill for hosting the upcoming three Brave Warriors home matches in South Africa is around N$3 million, which is more than the combined N$2 million required to upgrade the Windhoek stadiums.
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By FARPost Reporter