Brave Warriors at the HPC for Cosafa Cup


The Brave Warriors plans for the 2018 Cosafa Cup are on course as they departed for the Pretoria High Performance Centre on Saturday ahead of their quarterfinals clash against Zambia on June 2 in Polokwane.

Coach Ricardo Mannetti and his technical team jetted out with 19 players for an intensive training camp at the HPC this week before they depart to their match venue on 30 May, Wednesday to finalize preparations for the crucial 2018 Cosafa Cup quarterfinals match against rivals Zambia.

Of the 24 players called up for Cosafa earlier this month, only goalkeeper Edward Maova and striker Peter Shalulile out with an injury while 23 players are in contention for places to face Zambia on Saturday.

Namibia won the COSAFA Cup in 2015, before claiming the Plate competition on home soil the following year. They again made the Plate decider in 2017, but this time lost to hosts South Africa.

The Confederation of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup will be hosted in Limpopo provincial capital Polokwane, South Africa from27th of May until 9th of June 2018 and the Brave Warriors have a date against Zambia in the quarterfinals on June 2, 15h00, at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Wangu Gome (Platinum Stars); Denzil Haoseb and Ananias Gebhardt ( both Jomo Cosmos) will join the team if and when they are released from involvement in the South African Premier League promotion/delegation playoffs. Leopards will confirm their promotion if they beat Jomo Cosmos Wednesday afternoon. Cosmos will be home against Platinum Stars on Saturday, 2 June, 15h00 but this match will mean nothing to Leopards if they secure their promotion on Wednesday.

Leopards lead the way with five points after three games played with Cosmos in second place (two games) and Stars (three games) in third on two points each. Only the top team will be promoted to the South African Premier League.

The Brave Warriors at the HPC in Pretoria: Ratanda Mbazuvara (African Stars), Maximillian Mbaeva (Golden Arrows),Ferdinand Karongee (Tigers) Vitapi Ngaruka (Black Africa), Tiberius Lombard (Lusaka Dynamos), Donovan Kanjaa(Young African) Riaan Hanamub ( Orlando Pirates), Charles Hambira (Tura Magic) Emilio Martin and Dynamo Fredericks(Black Africa), Ronald Ketjijere (African Stars), Gustav Isaak, Absalom Iimbondi( Tigers) Ikuaterua Hoveka(Young African), Marcel Papama (UNAM ) Willem Pinehas, (Eleven Arrows), Deon Hotto( Bloemfontein Celtic) Panduleni Nekundi( African Stars),Itamunua Keimuine(Tura Magic).