Namibia name final 23-man squad for 2019 AFCON

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-11 16:04:22|Editor: Xiaoxia
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WINDHOEK, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Namibia national football team head coach Ricardo Mannetti on Monday named his final 23-man squad for this month's 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

Mannetti said he made his selection based on the team's tactical strength, conditioning, performance and attitude during the last two weeks.

"Those are the pillars of our decision. Also the inclusion of Ryan Nyambe at the back, his versatility is key for the changes at the back," said Mannetti.

Players left out of the final squad include Virgil Vries, Chris Katjiukua, Teberius Lombard, Benjamen Nenkavu and Wesley Katjiteo.

"We feel this team has the right energy, they are right for the tactics and will represent Namibia to the best of their abilities. These are the right players with the right work ethic and harmony," added Mannetti.

The Brave Warriors are drawn in Group D at the 32nd AFCON finals and will play their opening match against Morocco on June 23 before taking on South Africa on June 28. They will play their final group game against Cote d'Ivoire on July 1.

Following is the full Namibia squad: Ratanda Mbazuvara, Loydt Kazapua, Max Mbaeva, Ryan Nyambe, Larry Horaeb, Denzil Haoseb, Ivan Kamberipa, Charles Hambira, Riaan Hanamub, Ananias Gebhardt, Absalom Iimbondi, Willy Stephanus, Petrus Shitembi, Ronald Ketjijere, Dynamo Fredericks, Marcel Papama, Manfred Starke, Deon Hotto, Itamunua Keimuine, Benson Shilongo, Peter Shalulile, Joslyn Kamatuka and Isaskar Gurirab.