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Namibia gears up for SA friendly after Zimbabwe defeat

The Tafel Lager Brave Warriors departed for South Africa on Tuesday in preparation for the highly anticipated friendly match against Bafana Bafana on Saturday at Orlando Stadium in Johannessburg at 15h00.

The journey to South Africa comes a day after an exhibition match against Zimbabwe, which took place at the hosts’ National Sports Stadium in Harare, for the inauguration of president Emmerson Mnangagwa. 

In preparation for the journey, head coach, Collin Benjamin, has selected his final squad of 23 players for the encounter.

“Most of our debutants showed resilience and dedication during the match against Zimbabwe and deserve more chances to learn and hone their skills. There is plenty of character, talent and potential to make a significant difference,” he said.

The match ended in a dramatic 2-2 draw, before Zimbabwewent on to win the penalty shootout 5-4.

Despite the loss, Benjamin is content with the overall performance of the team and looks forward to upsetting their counterparts, South Africa.

“We are delighted to have a match of such magnitude. It will be exciting to see the new crop of players in action alongside some of our seniors; the likes of Shitembi and Hotto, both of whom I am sure we are all excited to see back in national colours,” hesaid.

Here’s the Tafel Lager Brave Warriors squad for the match against SA:

Goalkeepers: Loydt Kazapua, Kamaijanda Ndisiro, Jonas Matheus.

Defenders: Ryan Nyambe, Ivan Kamberipa, Ikeinge Erasmus, Kennedy Amutenya, Ananias Gebhardt, Riaan Hanamub, Aprocious Petrus.

Midfielders: Paulus Amutenya, Absalom Iimbondi, Marcell Papama, Ngero Katua, Devin Somseb, Alfeus Leevi, Romeo Kasume, Prins Tjiueza, Petrus Shitembi, Deon Hotto.

Forwards: Uetuuru Kambato, Muzeu Bethuel, Joslin Kamatuka. –