Shalulile joins CHAN team for Botswana friendly

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Ricardo Mannetti will use the Botswana friendly to prepare for the 2018 Total African Nations Championships (CHAN) finals but have called up three foreign-based players for tactics and depth for the international friendly on Saturday.

Announcing a 23 men squad on Tuesday morning at Football House, Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti stressed that it was important for the team to engage in friendly games ahead of the CHAN finals in order to maintain some match fitness and he was looking forward to the friendly match on Saturday.

“ This game forms part of our preparations for the CHAN competition and we are looking at having two more games in November before we get into full scale intensive camp for the tournament. I have called up about 95 percent of local players and three specific foreign-based players for the Botswana game for depth and guidance” Mannetti explains. Utility man Denzil Haoseb, striker Peter Shalulile and defender Larry Horaeb are the three foreign-based players.

The mentor also reveals that star striker Hendrick Somaeb will not be available due to family matters while Mapenzi Muwanei, who has been part of the team in the CHAN Qualifiers, is absent without leave, and thus not included in the 23 men squad.

“There a new player in the team in Himeezembi Hengombe of Young African. He has been the mainstay of the club in their run to the final of the Debmarine Namibia Cup final and he has been training with us on and off”, says Mannetti.

Lodyt Kazapua, who was injured in August returns to the fold following a successful healing while familiar faces such as Riaan Hanamub, Ferdinand Karongee, Petrus Shitembi, and Muna Katupose are all available. The 23 men squad will be changed to 18, depending on an agreement with the visiting team of Botswana.

The coach also weigh in on the start of the Namibia Premier League: “I’m not worried about the players in the team because we have qualified without the league and we have a plan in please but for the players outside the team, the league should start soonest for them to play and try to get into the team. If I lose five players before the CHAN finals to injury, where will I turn? Asks Mannetti.

Botswana is expected in Windhoek on Thursday night and match tickets are selling for N$ 30 each on Computicket outlets countrywide and the dress code will be red with the match to kick off at 16h00.

The 23 Brave Warriors: Edward Maova, Charles Uirab, Lodyt Kazapua, Ferdinand Karongee, Tiberius Lombard, Charles Hambira, Larry Horaeb, Edmund Kambanda, Dynamo Fredericks, Immanuel Heita, Benyamin Nenkavu, Oswaldo Xamseb, Petrus Shitembi, Ronald Ketjijere, Denzil Haoseb, Absalom Iimbondi, Itamunua Keimuine, Roger Katjiteo, Muna Katupose, Himeezembi Hengombe, Romario Ndjavera, Riaan Hanamub and Peter Shalulile.