Samaria appointed Brave Warriors coach

African Stars head coach Bobby Samaria has been temporarily appointed as Brave Warriors coach for the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers against Comoros Island on 26 July and 2 August in the second round.

The International Federation of Association Football Normalization Committee chairperson Hilda Basson-Namundjebo confirms Samaria appointment through a media release on Monday.

We have got a coach for the CHAN team and we believe Bobby has the right mentality and enthusiasm to lead the team at this juncture. We were never going to pull out these important qualifiers and the team starts training on Tuesday. The previous head coach initiated this project and players and we just carrying it through for continuation, Basson-Namundjebo says.

Samaria expressed his excitement on being named national coach saying he was looking forward to the challenge.

When I was approached to consider the offer to coach the national team , I was excited and firstly needed to get the blessings from Africans Stars who gave me that and then I accepted to serve my country in this capacity. Being part of the setup is not an entitlement and I'm ready to work, says Samaria.

He was was coach of the national under20's and under23's between 2005 and 2008, and has also won three league titles with Stars in 2009, 2010 and 2017.

He has also coached Tigers and Black Africa.

For his first assaignment with the team, Samaria has called up 31 players who will start training on Tuesdat at the NFA Technical Center.

We have only this week here and Monday we leave for Comoros and I must emphasized that we are pressed for time but that should not be an excuse because the players are footballers and this types of situation are common to them and to me as a coach as well, Samaria states.

Brave Warriors will start the quest to reach their second CHAN finals when they face Comoros Island in the second round of the qualifiers and the winner will take on the winner of Madagascar versus Mozambique in the third and final round of the qualifiers.

Below are the 31 players:

Larry Horaeb, Charles Hambira and JuniasTheophilus ( Tura Magic), AprociousPetrus (Eleven Arrows), Kennedy Eib ( Touch and Go), Mata Mbemutjiua (Young African), Jonas Mathias ( Citizens), Edmund Kambanda and Charles Uirab (UNAM), RatandaMbazuvara, Treasure Kauapirura, Ivan Kamberipa, ObreyAmseb, Marcel Papama and Gustav Isaak ( African Stars), Immanuel Heita, Dynamo Fredericks, Wesley Katjiteo, VitapiNgaruka, Emilio Martin, McCartney Naweseb, Wendell Rudath ( Black Africa), MapenziMuwanei, Llewelyn Stanley and Absalom Iimbondi (Tigers), IsaskarGurirab (Life Fighters), Elmo Kambindu, Olsen Ameb and Bernard Horaseb( Mighty Gunners), PanduleniNekundi (Unattached), Revered Matroos (Young Brazilians).

Source: Namibia Press Agency