Uanivi joins Warriors to Madagascar

African Stars defender Pat-Nevin Uanivi is included in the final 20 men squad that flew out to Madagascar on Wednesday morning as the Brave Warriors enters the final hurdle in the 2020 CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers with the first leg clash set for Sunday afternoon at the Stade Municipal de Mahamasina in Antananarivo.

Brave Warriors interim coach released his squad on Tuesday night with Ratanda Mbazuvara of African Stars the number one goalkeeper, deputized by UNAM's Charles Uirab and the team includes other CHAN team regulars such as Marcel Papama and captain Dynamo Fredericks.

Panduleni Nekundi and Mapenzi Muwanei makes the team and the inclusion of the 32 years old African Stars no nonsense defender Uanivi will see him possibly start on Sunday in central defence with Ivan Kamberipa, a combination that has worked for Stars in recent times.

Absalom Iimbondi also makes the trip and will try to replicate his last international performance where he scored against Eritrea in the 2-0 win at home in the 2020 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

We have so much talent and it's all about finding the right balance and get a good result, Samaria says.

The match takes place Sunday, 14h30 and the Brave Warriors will return home on Tuesday 24 September with the second leg in Windhoek set for 19 October at 16h00. The aggregate winner of this fixture will qualify for the 2020 CHAN finals to be held in Cameroon.

The travelling Warriors are: Ratanda Mbazuvara, Charles Uirab, Pat-Nevin Uanivi, Ivan Kamberipa, Obrey Amseb, Marcel Papama, Gustav Isaak, Larry Horaeb, Aprocious Petrus, Immanuel Heita, Dynamo Fredericks, Vitapi Ngaruka, Emilio Martin, Wendell Rudath, Llewelyn Stanley, Absalom Iimbondi, Gregory Aukumeb, Panduleni Nekundi, Elmo Kambindu and Mapenzi Muwanei.

Source: Namibia Football Association (NFA)