It’s all about priorities- Mbidi

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The Namibia Football Association (NFA) confirms that the national under-17 side will not compete at this years’ Cosafa cup due to circumstances beyond the Association’s control while the Brave Warriors will take on Lesotho on 01 July in the Cosafa Castle Cup.

Following the Cosafa draw for the 2017 under-17 championship that excludes the defending champions Namibia, the NFA confirms that the Baby Warriors will regrettably not defend their crown due to unforeseen financial problems.

“Due to the well-known fact of budget cuts across the board in the country, we are unable, together with the government; send the team for the Cosafa under 17 championship. It’s a great pity for this to happen now after winning the cup last year but we need to face reality and do what is possible” confirms NFA President Frans Mbidi.

Namibia claimed the 2016 COSAFA Under-17 Championship title after a 3-1 penalty shoot-out victory over South Africa following a 1-1 draw in the final in Mauritius. Namibia had lost 4-0 to the South Africans in the pool stage, but showed a vastly improved performance as edged the play in the decider and claimed a deserved win in the shoot-out.

Mbidi also reiterates that the Brave Warriors, will be competing at the Cosafa Castle Cup in Rustenburg, when they face Lesotho in the quarterfinals on Saturday, 01 July 2017.

“The Brave Warriors will compete as earlier stated and confirmed in the Cosafa senior challenge in South Africa. It’s a matter of priorities for us and we felt we need to compete in the senior challenge. We need to make sure we are involved with international football and right now it’s about priorities until such time that the situation in the country normalizes”, explains Mbidi.

The Brave Warriors on Saturday lost 1-0 at Guinea Bissau ion their opening game of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers and will resume their Group K action March 2018 when they host Zambia in Windhoek. Mozambique tops the group after beating Zambia 1-0, followed by Bissau on three points each.