LOCAL coach, Bobby Samaria, has been roped in to take charge as interim Brave Warriors for the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier games.
The interim coach will have to work against the lock to prepare the team for its first match in two weeks’ time.
Samaria, who has extensive experience in the coaching department, will be tasked to ready the team in time for its 2020 CHAN qualifiers, which will kick off against Comoros Island on 26 July, as well as 2 August in the second round.
FIFA Normalisation Committee chairlady, Hilda Basson-Namundjebo confirmed Samaria’s appointment and called on the nation to support the team.
“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, players, and we are just carrying it through for continuation. We will support the team in order to get the best out of them,” Basson-Namundjebo said.
Samaria returns to the national team fold after some time out and he is 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. I was frozen for some time and now I have grown wiser and bolder to serve. Being part of the setup is not an entitlement and I’m ready to work,” said Samaria, who was coach of the national under-20s and under-23s between 2005 and 2008.
Samaria, who have won three league titles with Stars in 2009, 2010 and 2017 and has coached Tigers and Black Africa, has called up 31 players.
“We have only this week here and Monday we leave for Comoros and I must emphasise that we are pressed for time but that should not be an excuse because the players are footballers and this type of situation is common to them and to me as a coach as well,” Samaria explained.
The 2018 quarter-finalist, losing to eventual champion and host Morocco, the Brave Warriors will start the quest to reach its second CHAN finals when it faces Comoros Island in the second round of the qualifiers.
The winner will take on the winner of Madagascar versus Mozambique in the third and final round of the qualifiers.
To qualify for the 2018 CHAN finals in Morocco, Namibia beat Comoros Island 2-1 on aggregate after seeing off Zimbabwe in the second round.
Here is the list of the 31 players: Larry Horaeb, Charles Hambira and Junias Theophilus , Aprocious Petrus, Kennedy Eib , Mata Mbemutjiua , Jonas Mathias, Edmund Kambanda and Charles Uirab, Ratanda Mbazuvara, Treasure Kauapirura, Ivan Kamberipa, Obrey Amseb, Marcel Papama and Gustav Isaak , Immanuel Heita, Dynamo Fredericks, Wesley Katjiteo, Vitapi Ngaruka, Emilio Martin, McCartney Naweseb, Wendell Rudath , Mapenzi Muwanei, Llewelyn Stanley and Absalom Iimbondi, Gregory Auchumeb and Isaskar Gurirab.