Brave Warriors to Face Newspaper Cup Shadow Team Called Up

Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti has called up a fairly young team to take on the 2014 Namibian Newspaper Cup Shadow team on Sunday, 20 April at the Oscar Norich Stadium in Tsumeb.

Mannetti said the idea for his team selection for the exhibition match on Sunday at the annual Namibian Newspaper Cup was aimed at showing the youngsters competing for regional glory that they too can play for the national team.

“The idea is to drive the players competing at the Namibian Newspaper Cup to believe in themselves and know that they too can go far in life. Some of these players grew up in the same neighbourhood and they are friends as well, so it’s just to say they can come this far with the right attitude and hard work,” said Mannetti.

The Warriors mentor also believes the Namibian Newspaper Cup has been a great breeding ground for the country’s top players.

“This cup has produced a lot of players that are currently household names in our football and I commend The Namibian for their partnership with the NFA and for really giving these young people a lifetime opportunity – to see another side of Namibia and to play in front capacity crowds and just to feel a bit of professionalism in terms of the organisation of the tournament,” explained Mannetti.

Notably, African Stars’ Mcbride Ndjavera, who was the captain of Omaheke that lost to Otjozondjupa in last year’s final, returns this year as a member of the Brave Warriors team.

The Brave Warriors will play the Namibian Newspaper Cup Shadow Team on Sunday at 16h45 in the second exhibition match. This will be preceded by another exhibition match between the Brave Gladiators A team and the visiting Westphalia regional team from Germany.

Here is the full list of 20 players for the Brave Warriors. Players should report for camp at Football House in Katutura on Saturday, 19 April at 12h00:

Edward Maova, Wangu Gomes (both Civics), Charles Uirab, Terdius Uiseb (both Orlando Pirates), Treasure Kauapirura, Pekka Hamukwaya, Panduleni Nekundi, Absalom Iimbodi, Benson Shilongo (all Tigers), Emilio Martin, Denzil Haoseb, Willy Stephanus (all Black Africa), Tiberius Lombard and Neville Tjiueza (both Tura Magic), Edmund Kambanda (Benfica), Freedom Puriza and McBride Ndjavera (both African Stars) Marius Kotze (Rebels), Hendrik Somaeb (Blue Waters) and Alfeus Ngwezi (United Stars).

Source : The Namibian