Revered local coach Bobby Samaria has been roped in to take charge of the Brave Warriors in their 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers starting with Comoros Island on 26 July and 2 August in the second round.
FIFA Normalization Committee chairlady Hilda Basson-Namundjebo confirms Samaria appointment and calls on the nation to support the team.
“We have got a coach for the CHAN team and we believe Bobby has the right mentality and enthusiasm to lead the team at this juncture. We were never going to pull out these important qualifiers and the team starts training on Tuesday. The previous head coach initiated this project and players and we just carrying it through for continuation. We will support the team in order to get the best out of them”, Basson-Namundjebo says.
Samaria returns to the national team fold after some time out and he is looking forward to the challenge.
“ When I was approached to consider the offer to coach the national team , I was excited and firstly needed to get the blessings from Africans Stars who gave me that and then I accepted to serve my country in this capacity. I was frozen out for some time and now I have grown wiser and bolder to serve. Being part of the setup is not an entitlement and I’m ready to work”, says Samaria who was coach of the national under20s and under23s between 2005 and 2008.
Samaria, who have won three league titles with Stars in 2009, 2010 and 2017 and have coached Tigers and Black Africa, have called up 31 players.
“ We have only this week here and Monday we leave for Comoros and I must emphasized that we are pressed for time but that should not be an excuse because the players are footballers and this types of situation are common to them and to me as a coach as well”, Samaria states.
The 2018 losing quarter-finalist, losing to eventual champion and host Morocco, the Brave Warriors will start the quest to reach their second CHAN finals when they face Comoros Island in the second round of the qualifiers and the winner will take on the winner of Madagascar versus Mozambique in the third and final round of the qualifiers.
In qualification for 2018 CHAN finals in Morocco, Namibia beat Comoros Island 2-1 on aggregate to qualify after seeing off Zimbabwe in the second round.
Her are the 31 players: Larry Horaeb, Charles Hambira and Junias Theophilus ( Tura Magic), Aprocious Petrus (Eleven Arrows), Kennedy Eib ( Touch & Go), Mata Mbemutjiua (Young African), Jonas Mathias ( Citizens), Edmund Kambanda and Charles Uirab (UNAM), Ratanda Mbazuvara, Treasure Kauapirura, Ivan Kamberipa, Obrey Amseb, Marcel Papama and Gustav Isaak ( African Stars), Immanuel Heita, Dynamo Fredericks, Wesley Katjiteo, Vitapi Ngaruka, Emilio Martin, McCartney Naweseb, Wendell Rudath ( Black Africa), Mapenzi Muwanei, Llewelyn Stanley and Absalom Iimbondi (Tigers), Gregory Auchumeb (Blue Waters),Isaskar Gurirab (Life Fighters), Elmo Kambindu, Olsen Ameb and Bernard Horaseb( Mighty Gunners), Panduleni Nekundi (Unattached), Revered Matroos (Young Brazilians).