Namibia name 13 new players


Schans, who took over as Brave Warriors boss in December 2007, retained only seven players from the team that found itself roundly thrashed in Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations of 2008.

The seven are: goalkeeper Athiel Mbaha; defenders Michael Pienaar, Franklin April and Gottlieb Nakuta; midfielders Brian Brendell and Jamu Ngatjizeko; and finally striker Muna Katupose.

The Dutch-born coach also extended debut call-ups to 13 players, and three players were handed a recall to the team after being left out of the Nation’s Cup train.

National Under-20 goalkeeper Max Mbaeva was handed an inaugural call-up after impressing against South Africa Under-20 side on March 8.

Defenders Andrew Tjahikika, Dennis Ngueza and Steve Goaxeb where also handed their first invitation to feature for the senior ational team.

In the midfield, Bradley Werman, Marco van Wyk, Da Costa Angula, Percy Khairabeb, Tobias Mekondjo and Erastus Mpasi could also be making their debut for the team.

The coach is expected to use the friendly game against Malawi to prepare his team ahead of a very tight and busy World Cup qualifying schedule.

The Brave Warriors are scheduled to travel to Harare on May 4 to tackle Zimbabwe in the first leg of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) competition, with the return leg billed to take place in Windhoek a fortnight later.

If the Brave Warriors win the game against Zimbabwe, they will face the winner of the other qualifier between South Africa and Mauritius in the second qualifying round.

The team will also kick off its Nations Cup and World Cup qualifying campaign with a Group 2 home game against the Harambee Stars of Kenya on May 31. They will then face the Zimbabwean team a week later in Harare in another World Cup qualifying game.

The team is billed to play Guinea at home on June 13 then away on June 20.

Their final World Cup preliminary group games are against Kenya in Nairobi on September 5, and finally against Zimbabwe in Windhoek on October 10.

Only the top team in the group advances to the next round of the qualifying phase for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and Nations Cup in Angola.

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