Under-17 Football Team Off to Mozambique

The Under-17 national football team left for Mozambique on Wednesday for their Confederation of African Football (CAF) U-17 qualifier after almost three weeks of preparation.

On Tuesday, the ‘Baby Warriors’ played their last preparation match against Southern Stream First Division outfit Rebels Football Club (FC) at the Independence Stadium. Rebels won the match 3-1 after 90 minutes.

U17 coach Mohammed Ouseb after the match told Nampa the team is ready but Namibians should not expect too much because the team is still in the building process. “It is the first time some of these players are leaving the country, and the biggest challenge we face is that most of them have not played at any international tournament.

It will be a bit difficult for them when they arrive in another country,” said Ouseb. He added that the aim of having players from the 1998 age group is to build a team that can compete at future events for Namibia.

“We have a lot of potential in this team, some of the players can be added to our group of players from the 1997 age group who competed at the Four Nations football tournament in Swakopmund. The only thing we are looking at right now is exposing them to international football at this developmental tournament,” he said.

The team will play their first leg quarter-final match against Mozambique on Saturday. The 18 players who travelled to Mozambique are as follows:

Johannes Hamutenya Naiteta, Augustinus Tsholofelo Hobexab, Romanus Jacobs, Matias Nauta, Hashonditila Diego Ngolo, Marc Emilio Sauls, Venovineja Viseuako Tjikundi, Dwyane Wilfred Swartz, Petrus Ndilinanye Kamati, Brendon Bruzaine Kotungondo, Simon Ndeutapo Hautoni, Tuhafeni Ndaheke Khitago Leonard, Giovanni Berline Tani-Tani Nauseb, Ricardo Prins Jassie, Sylvanus Paul Romelo Endjala, Pollen Hameva, Mesutuje Ngunovandu, and Ronaldo Surgie Saahl.

Source : The Namibian