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Brave Warriors get Botswana friendly

Brave Warriors get Botswana friendly

Brave Warriors defender Tiberius Lombaard in action against Zambia.

NAMIBIAN senior soccer team head coach Ricardo Mannetti on Wednesday welcomed Botswana's invitation for an international friendly match at the end this month.

The Zebras host the Brave Warriors in an international friendly as part of Botswana's 52nd independence day celebrations on 30 September.

Mannetti intends to use the match to give his home-based and fringe Warriors much-needed game time ahead of back-to-back 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group K qualifiers against Mozambique between 13 and 16 October.

“The foreign-based guys won't make it because it's not a Fifa date, and that gives a chance to the local guys to stake their claims once again,” Mannetti told the Namibia Football Association website.

“We have players like Dynamo Fredericks, Absalom Iimbondi and Marcel Papama, who will surely feature alongside captain Ronald Ketjijere. We also have Charles Hambira, who came on late against Zambia and needs to play more, given that he is still waiting for his papers to play for Baroka FC in South Africa.

“We have a good team to take to Botswana, and the goal remains to be ready for Mozambique,” Mannetti stated.

NFA secretary general Barry Rukoro said they were honoured to be on Botswana's guest list for such an important occasion.

“They invited us, and we duly accepted the request from our good friends and neighbours to mark such a significant day in their history. Our senior national team will be playing them, and it is something we also dearly need for our team,” he added.

On the road to Cameroon 2019, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique are joint top of Group K on four points apiece, with Namibia and Zambia on a point each, in that order after two matches.

The next competitive match for the Brave Warriors will be away to Mozambique on 13 October, followed by the reverse fixture in Windhoek three days later.

Namibia then hosts Guinea Bissau between 12-20 November, concluding the qualifiers away to Zambia in March 2019.

Only the group winner and the runners-up qualify for the 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations to be played in Cameroon from 7 to 20 June 2019.

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