Young Warriors in Final Stretch for Mozambique Clash

A group of 23 players will look to make the final cut for the Young Warriors team that will take on Mozambique in a 2015 CAF Youth Championship qualifier preliminary round, second leg encounter on Saturday, 26 April at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 14h00.

Some players who were part of the initial squad for the fixture have withdrawn either through injury or lack of form, while new faces in players selected from the Newspaper Cup as well as the four Nations Under 17 tournament are in the 23-man squad released by the technical team on Thursday morning.

Donovan Gainub who starred for and captained Namibia at the Four Nations Tournament retains his place in the Under-20 team as well, after playing in the first leg in Maputo on 5 April, while his under 17 teammates, versatile right-footed winger Hiha Katjivena, who scored in Namibia’s 2-1 defeat to Ghana at Swakopmund as well as left-footed winger Katiti Hakuria who scored in Namibia’s one-all draw against South Africa, are in contention for the final 18 players, to be finalised by Friday.

Their Under 17 teammate Jandjamuje Maharero is part of the strike force which will be spearheaded by the first leg goal-scorer, Rundu Chiefs striker Uaseuako Katjiukua, while a lot is also expected from Glenn Kamutjete, following his exploits during the Newspaper Cup. Omusati region’s defender Daniel Andima has also impressed the technical team enough to make the 23-man squad and so have midfielders Brendan Gaeseb (Oshikoto) and Fernandez Musambani (Khomas).

Mozambique is expected to arrive in Windhoek on Friday and the match will be played on Saturday, 26 April at the Sam Nujoma with kick-off set for 124h00 and entrance will be free.

The Namibian team is coached by caretaker coach Klaus Staerk who will be assisted by James “Don-Don” Britz.

The Namibian squad is as follows:

Glenn Kamutjete (Life fighters), Uaseuako Katjiukua (Rundu Chiefs), Hendry Duwe and Simaneka Kabungu (both Swakopmund Football Club), Donovan Kanjaa (Young African), Vitapi Ngaruka (United Stars), Jackson Johannes (Oshakati City), Ananias Nakambuli (Benfica), Isensius Mutuku (Rundu Chiefs), Jonas Mathues (Touch amp Go), Donovan Gainub (Tura Magic) Risto Makuti (United Stars), Boniface Sianga (Desert Rollers), Katiti Hakuria, Hiha Katjivena, Jandjamuje Maharero, Riuaua Kamutuezu, Brendan Gaeseb, Sakaria Petrus, Fernandez Musambani, Stanley Scheefers, Issensius Mutuku and Erwin Tjiuija.

Source : The Namibian