SA clubs hold onto Namibian players


Key players who will not be part of the group include midfield-cum-striker Meraai Swartbooi, who could not go because of his wedding this weekend, while several other South African-based players could not be released.

Brave Warriors team manager, Tim Isaacs said that South African-based goalkeepers Abisai Shiningayamwe (Jomo Cosmos) and Ephraim Tjihonge (Black Leopards) as well as veteran Santos midfielder Robert Nauseb had not been released by their respective teams.

Others that will not accompany the national team on the camp that ends on December 24 are Sidney Plaatjies (Jomo Cosmos) and Mali Ngarizemo (FC Cape Town).

The technical team has opted to include some new faces for the training camp, with the view of giving them exposure at the national level as Namibia is also looking beyond the African Nations Cup in Ghana.

Isaacs says the players, one of whom is Freedom Puriza who plays for FC AK in the First Division Inland Stream, will be part of the training groups in future because the aim was to have a large pool of players who can be in line to play in both the 2010 African Nations Cup as well the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

Among the 25 players, there are a record nine defenders, eight midfielders and five strikers as well as two goalkeepers. Some of the midfielders can also double as strikers.

The foreign internationals at the camp include midfielders Quinton Jacobs (Bruney SC, Turkey), Oliver Risser of Bonner SC in Germany and Hamburg SV midfielder Collin Benjamin.