Malembu satisfied with Cosafa U17 Champs Draw

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The Baby Warriors are handed a promising draw for the upcoming Cosafa Under-17 Championships and will face Botswana, Seychelles and the host in Group A to be played in Mauritius from 19 to 29 July.

The Baby Warriors are handed a promising draw for the upcoming Cosafa Under-17 Championships and will face Botswana, Seychelles and the host in Group A to be played in Mauritius from 19 to 29 July.

Reacting to the draw, coach Pauhl Malembu describes the draw as fair as Namibia aims to replicate the magic of 2016 when the national under-17 side from the Land of the Braves were crowned regional champions.

“to be honest, it’s a very fair draw. Anything can happen and we all stand on equal footing. At this level a lot can come into play and the youngsters are always motivated to do well. We will now plan better knowing who we will face”, Malembu says from Hosea Kutako International Airport where is he jetting out with the National Under23s to China as an assistant coach to Timo Tjongarero.

The Baby Warriors were crowned the 2016 Cosafa under-17 champions on the island of Mauritius after beating South Africa in the final. The team could not defend their title last year because of financial constraints.

South Africa are in Group B together with Lesotho, Zambia and Mozambique while Group C consist of Angola, Swaziland, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Last month, Malembu had a group of 32 players and the group will resemble again on 11 June upon which the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans and all necessary documentations will be sorted out ahead of the final round of preparations. The MRI uses a large magnet and radio waves to look at organs and structures inside your body.

The team has since been trimmed to the following 26 players:

John Muronga (Kavango East),Ingo Barthlemous, Erastus Ambambi and Erastus Nginoshiho (Omusati), Mutani Boois, Gerald Goroseb, Mbitjita Kaeka and Bradley Hanixab (Otjozondjupa), Pascal Matende, Promis Gurirab, Steven Damaseb, Thomas Bantam, Ja-Rule Awaseb, Prince Tjiueza and Tyrone George (Erongo), Denzel Narib, John-Paul Beukes (Khomas), Mekere Nganjone (Omaheke), Amazing Kandjii and Prince Appolous (!Karas), Jamol Somseb (Oshikoto), Mandela Kudumo and Djorkaeff Stein (Hardap) and Richard Stuseb, Byron Eiseb and Mayambelo Simasiku (Kunene).