The Tafel Lager Brave Warriors hit the ground running in Lome, ahead of their second 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Togo on Sunday 5 September at the Stade de Kégué, 18h00, Namibian time.
Namibia drew their opening Group H game against Congo 1-1 in Johannesburg on Thursday and count themselves unlucky to have not take all three points.
“We need to pick ourselves up in the shortest possible time and forget about the setback of not winning our first group match and of course us losing a key player in a key department, we nevertheless march on”, states coach Bobby Samaria.
First choice Goalkeeper Virgil Vries missed the Congo encounter due to health protocols, with Lodyt Kazapua starting in goal and the next day Max Mbaeva joined the team enroute to Togo.
“We welcome Max Mbaeva to the team and we are grateful that Golden Arrows released him on very short notice to replace a player who was ruled out of our first game due to health protocols”, Samaria says.
The team had a run-out on the beach upon arrival in Lome and will have their only full training session at the match venue on Saturday afternoon.
“Togo presents another challenge and we need to prepare to deal with their height in standard match situations, such as set-pieces. Having lost their first game away to Senegal we are sure they have the appetite not to want to lose for a second consecutive time but this time playing at home.”
25 Tafel Lager Brave Warriors in Togo:
Goalkeepers: Kamaijanda Ndisiro, Lodyt Kazapua and Maximilian Mbaeva
Defenders: Riaan Hanamub, Ivan Kamberipa, Gebhardt Ananias, Larry Horaeb, Teberius Lombardt, Approcius Petrus, Denzil Haoseb, Charles Hambira
Midfielders: Dynamo Fredericks, Alfeus Handura, Wangu Gome, Deon Hotto, Absalom Iimbondi, Wesley Katjiteo, Marcel Papama, Prins Tjiueza and Willy Stephanus
Forwards: Elmo Kambindu, Issaskar Gurirab, Peter Shalulile, Joslin Kamatuka, Benson Shilongo