Namibia head coach Ricardo Mannetti has announced his final 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations to be staged in Egypt between June and July.
Mannetti dropped players like Virgil Vries, Chris Katjiukua, Teberius Lombard, Benjamen Nenkavu and Wesley Katjiteo for the tournament.
Explaining the selection for the final team, the 44-year-old said that tactics, conditioning, performance, and attitude during the last two weeks were areas of importance.
“Those are the pillars of our decision. Also the inclusion of Ryan Nyambe at the back, his versatility is key for the changes at the back,” he said.
The coach added that this might not be the best team but it is the right team for the competition.
“We feel this team has the right energy, they fit us right for the tactics to be used and they will represent Namibia to the best of their abilities. These are the right players with the right work ethic and harmony,” he added.
The Brave Warriors are in Group D at the 32nd Afcon finals and will play Morocco on 23 June before taking on South Africa on 28 June, both at Al Salam Stadium. They will play their final group game against Ivory Coast on 1 July at Cairo International Stadium.
The Brave Warriors squad for AFCON:
Ratanda Mbazuvara, Loydt Kazapua, Max Mbaeva, Ryan Nyambe, Larry Horaeb, Denzil Haoseb, Ivan Kamberipa, Charles Hambira, Riaan Hanamub, Ananias Gebhardt, Absalom Iimbondi, Willy Stephanus, Petrus Shitembi, Ronald Ketjijere, Dynamo Fredericks, Marcel Papama, Manfred Starke, Deon Hotto, Itamunua Keimuine, Benson Shilongo, Peter Shalulile, Joslyn Kamatuka and Isaskar Gurirab. –