The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has secured two preparations games for the Brave Warriors ahead of the COSAFA Cup tie against Botswana on 18 June as they host Malawi on 08 June and visit Zambia on 12 June for international friendly matches.
The Brave Warriors view their 2017 AFCON Qualifiers game against Niger on Saturday as a do-or-die game in their quest to finish second in Group K of the Qualifiers with Senegal the Group leaders lying in wait in September in the final game.
Goalkeeper Virgil Vries is missing from the Brave Warriors camp ahead of the 2017 AFCON Qualifier match against Niger on Saturday at home while striker Peter Shalulile will be available for the team’s Group K AFCON Qualifier match.
Ahead of the upcoming AFCON Qualifiers and the 2016 COSAFA Castle Cup at home, the Brave Warriors have started with preparations in earnest as 17 players depart for two-week training camp at the Lizzy Sports centre in Accra, Ghana.
Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti have named a strong 20-men squad to travel on Friday for the crunch 2017 CAF AFCON Group K Qualifier against Burundi at the Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium in Bujumbura on Saturday, 15h00.
The Brave Warriors will travel six hours to Bujumbura for their 2017 CAF AFCON Qualifiers clash against Burundi on Saturday afternoon thanks to the assistance by local aviation giants Westair Aviation who will charter the team on Friday morning.
Tura Magic workaholic midfielder Oswaldo Xamseb is ready to step in and offer the Brave Warriors similar play to that of discarded Bidvest Wits’ Wangu Gome and is pushing for place on the plane to Bujumbura for the team’s 2017 AFCON Group K encounter against Burundi.
As the Brave Warriors goes into camp today for their 2017 AFCON qualifiers against Burundi next week, African Stars goalkeeper Lodyt Kazapua withdrew from the team with an ankle injury that will keep him out of action for two weeks.
The injury-prone Kazapua was part of the five goalkeeper called up by Ricardo Mannetti last week to from part of the training squad in preparations for Namibia’s must-win 2017 Group K Qualifiers against Burundi on 26 and 29 March and on Wednesday it emerged that the man who was favorite to take the number two spot behind Max Mbaeva is injured and out.
The Brave Warriors lost 2-0 to a more physical and determined Guinea in Casablanca, Morocco on Sunday night for an aggregate score of 3-0 in favor of the West Africans in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers second round tie.
The Brave Warriors can still do enough in the return leg to progress to the next round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers despite losing 1-0 at home against Guinea on Thursday afternoon at the Sam Nujoma stadium.