Namibia beefs up technical department, unveils 25-man squad for Africa Cup qualifier against Zambia

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-29 21:25:59|Editor: xuxin
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WINDHOEK, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Namibia's football head coach Ricardo Mannetti has announced his 25-man squad ahead of the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup (AFCON) qualifier tie against Zambia here on September 8.

At a media briefing on Wednesday, Mannetti also announced that former Namibia midfielder Collin Benjamin has joined the team's technical committee.

According to Mannetti, the committee will analyze the game time that players that have had at their respective clubs, as he is concerned about the conditioning and match-fitness of the players ahead of the Zambia clash.

"We will eventually trim the squad to 18 as we will blend players we had at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) competition and previous AFCON qualifiers," Mannetti added.

Mozambique currently lead Group K with three points, with Guinea also on three in second place, while Namibia and Zambia prop up the group on zero points after losing their respective opening games.

Namibia's 25-man squad in full: Maximillian Mbaeva (Golden Arrows), Virgil Vries (Kaizer Chiefs), Ratanda Mbazuvara (African Stars), Donavan Kandjaa (Young African), Larry Horaeb (unattached), Tiberius Lombard (Lusaka Dynamos), Charles Hambira (Baroka FC), Danzyl Haoseb (Highland Parks), Vitapi Ngaruka (Black Africa), Riaan Hanamub (Jomo Cosmos), Ananias Gebhardt (Baroka FC), Dynamo Fredericks (Black Africa), Petrus Shitembi (unattached), Ronald Ketjijere (African Stars), Wangu Gome (Cape Omuya United), Imaanuel Heita (Black Africa), Absalom Imbondi (Tigers), Deon Hotto (Bidvest Wits), Willy Stephanus (AC Kanjaani), Marcel Papama (Unam), Hendrick Somaeb (unattached), Muna Katupose (Unam), Sadney Urikhob (PSMS Medan), Benson Shilongo (Smouha FC) and Itamunua Keimuine (Tura Magic).