Young Namibia duo relish Chan opportunity


The Brave Warriors of Namibia youngsters Johannes Mutanga and Jonas Matias are determined to make an impact at the ongoing African Nations Championship (Chan) tournament held in Cameroon.

Mutanga and Matias form part of the Namibia 27-man Chan squad as they were handed their first national call-ups by coach Bobby Samaria recently.

The duo are relishing the opportunity and can’t wait to leave their footprints at the biennial tournament.

Namibia will kick-off off their Chan campaign with a Group D tie against Guinea at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium on Tuesday evening. They will then take on Tanzania on 23 January and finish off group action against Zambia on 27 January.

“The competition in the team was tough; some guys did not make it, but I am happy I did. I hope to get an opportunity to give my all and represent my country,” said Mutanga.

Mutanga, who plays for Eleven Arrows in Namibia said the competition was tough during the training camp, and making the final cut speaks volumes of what lies ahead for him and the team.

His teammate Matias, who plies his trade for Windhoek outfit Citizens FC, said he was not entirely new to the national team setup as he has represented the country’s U-20’s before, but maintained that playing at the Chan tournament is a whole new experience.

“I am not new to the national set up because I played for the U-20, but it’s different now. There are a lot of great players here so you must always work hard,” said Matias.

“I really want to thank the technical team for the opportunity and hope to get a chance to show what I can do.”

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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