Urikhob joins Brave Warriors training

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Striker Sadney Urikhob recently joined the Brave Warriors training camp ahead of the vital qualifier against Zambia on 08 September for the 2019 Confederation of African Football (CAF) African Cup of Nations Cameroon.

The Brave Warriors has been hard at work at the Namibia Football Assoction (NFA) Technical Centre and Coach Ricardo Mannetti has been scratching his head in trying to strengthen his strike-force, and the appearance of a repentant Urikhob might just in in handy.

Urikhob requested for audience with Mannetti and after a sincere chat, the coach has allowed the former Civics striker to train with the team.

“Sadney gives me options up front and depending on how fit he can be, we will consider him. Panduleni Nekundi is a doubt, Peter (Shalulile) is out and Somaeb is struggling as well and so I only have Benson (Shikongo) as the only striker that I can start with”, explains the cool-under pressure Mannetti.

Mannetti adds that Muna Katupose, who scored the goal that led the local-based Brave Warriors to the 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN) Finals is an impact player and will continue to be used as such.

“Muna is your impact player, who can come in and change the game,” says Mannetti who typically plays with aggressive and tireless strikers that had been led by the evergreen Shalulile of late.

On Monday morning, the senior’s players included the likes of Petrus Shitembi, Vitapi Ngaruka, Ferdinand Karongee, Itamunua Keimuine, Marcel Papama as well as Dynamo Fredericks and Mannetti is content with the response of the players to be considered for the Zambia clash. Urikhob is given time off due to a family bereavement.'

“ You see we have senior players and the youngsters from the under 23s and for the seniors they are really pushing hard and for the youngsters it is all about introducing them to the setup and for the much needed experience going forward”.

The Brave Warriors will host Zambia at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on 8 September, 16h00, and then play the away and home matches against Mozambique on match-day three and four between 8-16 October 2018.

Match-day five, where Namibia host Guinea, who beat them 1-0 on match-day one in June this year, will be played between 12 and 20 November 2018 and the final qualifiers match-day six, will be played on 18-29 March 2019 as Namibia travels to Zambia.

Mozambique heads Group K with three points, with Guinea also on three in second place, followed by Namibia and Zambia on zero points after losing their opening games. The Group winner and runner-up will qualifier for the 2019 AFCON.
The 2019 AFCON finals will be the 32nd edition of the African Cup of Nations and will be hosted by Cameroon in June and July 2019 as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017 to move the Africa Cup of Nations from January/February to June/July for the first time. It will also be the first Africa Cup of Nations expanded from 16 to 24 teams.