Algeria Arrives in Namibia

The Algerian senior national women’s football team arrived here on Sunday for the TN Mobile Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Championship which kicks off in less than a fortnight.

The 38-member Algerian team are the first of the foreign teams to arrive for the competition.

They will play two international friendly matches against Namibia before the championship scheduled to start on 11 October.

Speaking to Nampa just after their arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, Algerian head coach Azzedine Chih said they decided to come early for the team to acclimatize.

“We have been drawn in a tough group, and it will be very difficult if we do not get used to the environment first,” he said.

Chih said his team is very young – they have been together for the last six months only.

“If we are to have any chance of winning Ghana, Cameroon, and South Africa, who have already been at the World Cup and Olympics, then getting used to the place and weather will be a great start,” he said.

Algeria is in Group B with Ghana, South Africa and Cameroon, and Chih his confident that his young side will cause upsets during the tournament.

Senior Sports Officer in the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture and member of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Roger Kambatuku said the arrival of the Algerians indicates that the tournament, which is the first of its kind to be hosted by Namibia, is finally going to kick off.

“We are ready to host the women’s championship, and it’s really great to have the first team arriving. We expect all teams to be here a week before the tournament kicks off,” he said.

Ghana is expected to arrive later on Sunday.

The championship will be free, and tickets will be available from Computicket outlets country wide.

Source : The Namibian