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Namibia's Warriors to face Zebras of Botwana

Brave Warriors caretaker coach Brian Isaacs have called upon 18 players that to travel to Botswana for the Intentional friendly match at Maun on March 16.
The team, which comprise of mainly players that were part of the international friendly match against Malawi in February, was named on Wednesday and is expected to meet for camp on Sunday march 13 at Safari Hotel in Windhoek.

The squad includes Black Africa defender Hartman Toromba and Eleven Arrows' Chris Katjiukua, also in defense.
Other new name sin the team includes Sport Klub Windhoek goal-minder Ephraim Tjihonge, while upfront; Blue Boys striker Jordan Haimbili also makes the team.

"It is vital for us to prepare well for our African nations Cup qualifiers and surely this game in Botswana will come in handy" said Coach Isaacs.  He added that, the match will allow him to try out new players with certain combinations and see which players can be joined by the foreign legion for the match against Burkina Faso on March 26. "We have a great talent in our league and it is imperative that we give players a chance and see how f they can hold on and see what they can offer. They have to add b value to the national team", Isaacs said.

The Tafel lager Brave Warriors is expected to depart for Maun on Monday 14 march, play on Wednesday 16 march and returns home on Thursday.

The Brave Warriors under Isaacs have lost 2-1 to Malawi on February 9 in Windhoek. The Burkinabe are top of the 2012 Africa nations Cup qualifier group after their 3-1 won over Gambia last October with Gambia in second also with a 3-1 win over Namibia who are last. In May 2011, Namibia will host Burkina Faso before hosting The Gambia for the return-leg in September 2011.

Here's full list of  the 18-man squad.

Goalkeepers: Athiel Mbaha, and Ephraim Tjohonge

Defenders: Willem Mwedihanga, Richard Gariseb, Hartman Toromba, Jamunovandu Ngatjizeko, Chris Katjiukua, Gottlieb Nakuta and  Denzil Hoaseb

Midfielders: Ninja Karongee, Emilio Martin, Heini Isaacks, Eslin Kamuhanga, Ronald Ketjijere

Strikers: Alfred Ndyenge, Jordan Haimbili,  Sidney Urikhob and Pineas Jacob

2011- March - Namibia's Warriors to face Zebras of Botwana
Windhoek United Wins the Khomas second division league. 13/04/2011
Windhoek United Wins Khomas league 13/04/2011

The Khomas second division league concluded this past weekend with Windhoek United crowned champions of the regional league.

According to the Chairperson of Khomas football region and an executive member of the Namibia Football Association Dawid Goagoseb, Windhoek United were crowned champions after they managed a one-all draw with third-placed Kingston United, who need to win the match in order to clinch the title. "It was a very entertaining game Windhoek United needed a draw and Kingston a win and thus a great finish to the season as Windhoek United won the league on 46 one ahead of second placed Namib Colts and Kingston United".

The league season that started on November 14 also had its share of issues to content with such as the discipline issue with Zambezi United. "Zambezi United were demoted from the first division and we accommodated them but after missing three consecutive league matches, they were expelled from our league as well. It was very sad, but the rules are clear".

Goagoseb added that despite a photo-finish to the campaign, there is still a lot to be done in terms of match officials and have called on the National Referees Committee to address the issue. On a positive note, Goagoseb expressed his satisfaction with the standard of play in the league and the youngsters that plies their trade in the Khomas Football league. "In terms of development I'm pleased to state that most of the players in our league now are under-20 and that will augur well for their development".  He also thanked the clubs for a memorable season that was preceded a well organised pre-season tournament that was won by Young Ones and also the mid-season knockout competition, the Valentines Cup which Namib Colts won.

Windhoek United, owned by Khomas Football region Vice-chairperson Dawid Morgan, will now go for promotional playoffs to the Southern Stream First Division later this year. Spartans, finished fourth with 35 points, followed by Ongete United on 34 points and Falcons on 33 points. Impala Chiefs finished eight overall with 23 points, followed by Rebels Football Academy on 21 points and Golden Rivers on 19 and Arcadia on seven points.

Let’s not waste talent: Isaacs 20.04.2011 By: SHEEFENI NIKODEMUS

BRAVE Warriors interim coach Brian Isaacs has urged the Namibia Football Association not to let the talent at The Namibian Newspaper Cup go to waste.

Isaacs said yesterday that the NFA should “capture and nurture” the standout players so as to avoid the trend of past events that forgot about the regions’ talents. According to the coach, the Newspaper Cup is the perfect platform for the selectors to rope in  players who can add value to the various national teams. He said it is necessary that the football association keep the cream of the crop together once the tournament concludes. The selected u/20 players who traditionally form part of the Shadow Team would then be the primary source of players for the national sides. “These players should stay together for the next three years and be moulded into players capable of making the transition to the senior team,” said Isaacs, who will keenly watch the tournament at Gobabis this weekend.

He said Namibian football is fortunate to have a youth competition of this magnitude. “It’s a wonderful event for Namibian football,” said Isaacs. “A lot of hidden talent has been discovered in the Newspaper Cup. It gives us the platform to assess players we would not normally be able to see at national trials. “The regional coaches must just make sure they cover all the areas so that we can have access to this talent.”
In addition, the Brave Warriors’ technical team will use the tournament to assess the level of football in the regions. “We will be able to see what is the standard of football in these areas,” he said. “This will help us with our recommendations to the NFA about where most work still needs to be done in order to have a more or less balanced football system in the country.”

Isaacs, who expects quality football from the players on show, also hailed the tournament’s entertainment value. “This cup has been exciting and competitive for me,” he said. “The support from the fans has excellent over the years.”

Newspaper Cup squads - 19.04.2011

THE Namibian Newspaper Cup is less than three days away and the participating regions have assembled their finals squads to compete for top honours.
The development tournament, which kicks-off on April 21 in Gobabis and concludes on April 25, is limited to players born in 1992 and younger only.

Below are the final squads for four of the regions:

Nandago Martin, An-Aobeb Pieter, Cornelius Cornelius, Johannes David, Gaeseb Olaff, Tsumeb Theofelus, Arno Norich, Gideon Nathan, Araeb Gorhard, Kambanda Edmund, Simon Imbondi, Dominicus Asser, Ivan Hoebeb, Engombe Onesmus, Shipanga Zenas, Pinehas Sakaria, Kamu Katjimune, Katau Paulus, Simon Nawa, Erick Tsam, Goareb Richard, John Ahsipala.

Paul Gamatham, Hermanus Katingu, Joseph Isaacks, Terence Boois, Sylvester Goeieman, Dantago Swartbooi, Gebhard Hummel, Steward Goagoseb, Silvanus Swartz, Hendrick Bock, Romeo Kisting, Neville Brinkman, Clifford Kharugub, Abraham Frey, Uerivangavi Tjapaka, Ricelvin Isaaks, Paul Richter, Trevor van der Westhuizen, Donovan Swartz, Romario Boois, Jerome Markus, Fhyzel Visser, Lincoln Lambert.

David Mika, Hermanus Katingu, Phostanch Kaakanea, Tuhafeni M’lukeni, Kaunahama Kanjaa, Terdius Uiseb, Lee-roy Adams, Lorenzo Louis, Edwin Kamaundju, Uendjisuvera Kandjou, Dynamo Fredricks, David Fredricks, Peter Steven, Denver Meyer, Batista Gomes, Dvid Kamati, Saul Tembo, Steven Gariseb, Obery Amseb, Charlton Kasera, Robert Xamseb, Immanuel Heita.

Ignatius Boois, Alfons Skrywer, Dawid Evangelista, Richard Garisseb, Nelson Mandandi, Lesley Iyambo, Edward Majova, Donald Xam-Goaseb, Dico Kandundu, Vernui Ngozu, Theofelus Uaeta, Clemence Uwiteb, Patience Luipert, Winnie Shangombe, Hafeni Paulus, Himumuine Venjekerera, Ignatius Horaseb, Setrick Dantu, Albert McPaul, Immanuel Shilongo, Romario Mans, Richard Tjitjavi.
Newspaper Cup squads - 19.04.2011

Let’s not waste talent: Isaacs 20.04.2011
NPL/Tigers Arbitration Case Outcome

Please note

The NFA hereby announces the ruling following an Arbitration Case that was referred to the NFA  by the NPL, the case between the Namibia Premier League/Eleven Arrows FC  against Tigers FC:

  1. The match in question, between Tigers and Eleven Arrows be played on 22 April 2011
  2. Each of the parties to bear their own legal costs for the arbitration
  3. The Namibia Premier League to pay Tigers FC N$ 12 400 in full settlement of the matter, not later that 7 May 2011

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NPL/Tigers Arbitration Case Outcome
Civics and Arrows through to Leo NFA Cup final - Submitted by Namibia Sport Magazine 07/05/2011

Eleven Arrows and Civics will meet in the final of the Leo NFA Cup after they beat two of the giants of the Namibian Premiership in the semi finals. Arrows beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 in the first match of the day at the Independence Stadium on Saturday. The Arrows goal came from Zimbabwean striker Admire Dzukamanja in extra time of the first half through a header that deflected off defender Steven Goagab. The rest of the second half saw Pirates trying hard to get a goal but Arrows captain, Virgil Vries was on top of his game as he made a number of spectacular saves. Pirates’ goalkeeper Helmut Maletsky also pulled off some miraculous saves as Arrows' strikers continued to go on the attack.

In the second match, 2010/11 MTC Premiership champions, Black Africa lost 2-1 to a very determined Civics in the upset of the day. The first half was uneventful with both teams not really threatening to score. Civics captain, Heini Isaacs, opened the scoring when he scored from in front of the goal in the 53rd minute. After the first goal, Civics started to play a more defensive game and managed to close off all the attempts by the Lively Lions at their goal. In the 86th minute, Samuel Goagoseb scored after Isaacs got the ball on the counter attack after a failed attempt by Black Africa to put the Civilians 2-0 ahead. Black Africa managed to get a goal back in the 94th minute through Marvin Katire but that was not enough to get his team to the final.

Civics and Arrows through to Leo NFA Cup final - Submitted by Namibia Sport Magazine 07/05/2011
Namibia host Burkina Faso - 3 June 2011

Namibia and Burkina Faso meet in Windhoek on Saturday for the return match of their Group F 2012 AFCON qualifier with pride and glory at stake.
For the host Namibia, the match presents them with an opportunity to play well for their public with nothing less than victory expected of the Brian Isaacs coached team, who will be without venerated captain Collin Benjamin (suspended), who recently ended a 10-year spell with German giants Hamburg SV.

"We have a slim mathematical chance of making it to the Nations Cup and we want and have to explore that on Saturday.  They (Burkina Faso) are a great side with quality players, but we also believe in our own and playing at home will help us get the three points and make Namibians happy. We have to win, said Isaacs.

Namibia will have to really on the experiences of then likes of Richard Gariseb at the back and the southern-African base speedy wingers, Rudolf Bester and Tangeni Shipahu, while in attack they will look to Wilko Risser and under-23 international Sidney Urikhob for the goals.

For Burkina Faso, it will be their first match on the road in the campaign and after two consecutive wins at home, their Portuguese mentor Paulo Duarte aim to win away from home.
"It will be tough playing Namibia home, considering the 4-0 we beat them in our last match but we also want to win this game so that we solidify our spot in the group.
"We have professional players with experience and being together for about three years now, I believe my team will approach this game with the same mentality as always, victory, victory".
Burkina Faso leads Group F on six points, three ahead of second played Gambia, with Namibia at the bottom of the three-nation group, following the withdrawal of Mauritania from the qualifiers last year.
Here are the final squads for the match which kicks off 15h00 local time.

Namibia (20 players):
Ephraim Tjihonge, Virgil Vries, Hartman Toromba, Richard Gariseb, Jamu Ngatjizeko, Oliver Risser, Willem Mwedihanga, Gotlieb Nakuta , Teberius Lombaard, Denzil Haoseb, Bradley Wermann, Johannes Seibeb, Sydney Plaatjies, Ronald Ketjijere,  Eslin Kamuhanga, Wilko Risser, Jordan Haimbili, Sydney Urikhob, Tangeni Shipahu  and Rudolf Bester.

Burkina Faso (27 players):
Daouba Diakite, Junior Nilson, Germain Senou, Ibrahim Gnanou, Bakari Kone, Paul Keba Koulibaly, Madi Panandetiguiri, Mamadou Tall, Herve Zengue, Wilfred Balima, Charles Kabore, Mahamadou Kere (captain), Mohamed Koffi, Djakaridja Kone, Joel Kouassi, Jonathan Patroipa, Florent Rouamba, Aristides Bance, Moumouni Dagano, Yahia Bebe, Issiaka Ouedraogo, Razak Traore, Alain Traore, Wilfred Sanou, Narcisse Yameogo, Adama Sawadogo and Ahmed Soulama.

Namibia and Burkina Faso meet in Windhoek on Saturday for the return match of their Group F 2012 AFCON qualifier- 3 June 2011

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Player of the Season
Bradley Wermann - Black Africa

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Players Player of the Season
Bradley Wermann - Black Africa

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Manager of the Season
Paul Stramis - Civics

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Rudolf Haingura

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Referee: Ndara Martin

The Brave Warriors made a clear break with the past when they named a new-look squad with the emphasis on youth, to face Malawi in a friendly match in Blantyre on July 6.

The Brave Warriors squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Virgil Vries (Eleven Arrows), Ephraim Tjihonge (SKW), Max Mbaeva (African Stars), Arnold Subeb (Black Africa).

Defenders: Chris Katjiukua (Eleven Arrows), Willem Mwedihanga (Tigers), Larry Horaeb (SKW), Dennis Ngueza (African Stars), Pat Nevin Uanivi (African Stars), Da Costa Angula (Black Africa), Freedom Puriza (Eleven Arrows), Edmund Kambanda (Benfica), Alfeus Handura (Tura Magic), Teberius Lombaard (Tura Magic)

Midfielders: Jordan Haimbili (Blue Boys), Willy Stephanus (Black Africa), Neville Tjiueza (Tura Magic), Bradley Wermann (Black Africa), Gebhardt Ananias (Tigers), Eslin Kamuhanga (Ramblers), Petrus Shitembi (Rundu Chiefs), Ronald Ketjijere (African Stars), Denzil Haoseb (Black Africa).

Strikers: Heini Isaacks (Civics), Sidney Urikhob (Ramblers), Roger Katjiteo (Black Africa), Benson Shilongo (Ramblers).           24/06/2011

The Brave Warriors made a clear break with the past when they named a new-look squad with the emphasis on youth, to face Malawi 24/06/2011
Youth organisers refute Rukoro claims - Submitted by NamibiaSportMagazine, 16/06/2011

The organisers of an Under 17 International Youth Tournament in Germany have refuted claims that Namibia was given special permission to enter an Under 20 team for the competition or that other teams also had overage players in the tournament.
Namibia’s Under 20 team won the VfL Theesen International Youth Tournament on Monday when they beat Arminia Bielefeld Under 17 1-0 in the final through a goal by Black Africa striker Roger Katjiteo.
NFA secretary general Barry Rukoro told a local daily on Tuesday that Namibia was given special permission to field an overage team in the competition and that they were not the only team with overage players at the tournament. These claims were however refuted by the Sports Director of VfL Theesen’s Youth Department, Wolfgang Klee, who said that they thought Namibia had entered an Under 17 team for the tournament.
“All the organisers in Theesen thought that Namibia had entered an Under 17 team. We are strict on the age limit and none of the other teams entered overage players,” he said.
“The main organiser of the tournament, Michael Haselhorst told me that neither he, nor the club had been asked for special permission to enter an overage team,” he added.
All the teams had to submit team lists before each match with the players’ passport numbers and birth dates. According to Klee, all the teams did this except Namibia, who entered their lists without birth dates. Klee however said that they accepted Namibia’s bona fides.
“For us it was not a problem because we thought that everything had been checked between the NFA and Westfalia. We have had national teams here before like Spain and the USA, but we never checked the passports of the national teams, that would be disrespectful,” Klee said.

The Namibian team had been invited to Germany by the Nordrhein Westphalia region, as part of a longstanding bilateral sport agreement between the two nations. However, even Namibia’s hosts, Westphalia, were under the impression that Namibia had sent an Under 17 team.

According to the official website of Westphalia’s Football and Athletics Association, Namibia U17 beat a Westphalia U16 team 4-2 in a friendly match on June 2. According to a match report on the website, several key players of the Westphalia U16 team were missing due to injuries or national commitments.
On June 9 Namibia beat an Under 17 regional Westphalia team 3-1 in another friendly.
According to the website www.svdringenberg the Namibian U17 team made use of their physical advantage in the second half, while some of the Namibian players were far bigger than their German opponents.
Several of the players in the Namibian squad represented Namibia Under 17 nearly three years ago in September 2008 when they beat Zambia in an African U17 qualifier. They include Collin Ndjai, Benson Shilongo, Neville Tjiueza and Petrus Shitembi.
Klee said it did not make sense to enter an overage team in the tournament.
“In my opinion it does not make sense to play against younger teams because you won’t get any information on the status of your own players. It is only reasonable to play against the same aged teams to see where you stand in relation to top international youth teams.”
Klee said they could do nothing about the results now, but a lot of damage had been done.
“We are not interested in doing anything bad for the players and the Namibian team, but a lot of damage has been done. I got a lot of negative comments from different internet communities like Facebook and I am really unhappy with the situation,” he said.

‘Miscommunication’ blamed in overage saga - Submitted by editor on Thu, 06/23/2011

‘Miscommunication’ blamed in overage saga - Submitted by editor on Thu, 06/23/2011
Youth organisers refute Rukoro claims - Submitted by NamibiaSportMagazine, 16/06/2011
Pressenotiz des VfL Theesen

Stellungnahme zum Turnierergebnis

Im Nachgang des 38. Int. B-Junioren-Pfingstturniers des VfL Theesen e.V. um den Pokal der Sparkasse Bielefeld gibt es Zweifel am Alter einiger namibischer Spieler.

Die Spielberechtigung der Spieler der teilnehmenden Mannschaften wird bei einem Bundesliga-Turnier durch die Spielleitung grundsätzlich nicht geprüft, da alle Spielerdaten transparent und öffentlich sind. Auch bei regulären Pflichtspielen werden Spielerpässe niemals von den Vereinen geprüft. Darüber hinaus fänden wir es respektlos die Daten einer Nationalmannschaft zu prüfen, die zu dem noch über den Fußball- und Leichtathletik –Verband Westfalen e.V. (FLVW) zum Jugendaustausch über mehrere Wochen nach Deutschland eingeladen wurde.

Eine Stellungnahme des FLVW liegt dem VfL Theesen mittlerweile vor, aus der wir hier zitieren: „Der Fußball- und Leichtathletik Verband Westfalen e.V. bedauert die entstandenen Irritationen zur Altersbezeichnung der Namibischen Mannschaft und das diese nun im Rückblick auf das tolle Turnier in Theesen im Fokus stehen. Für diesen Umstand möchten wir uns im Namen der Namibian Football Association entschuldigen. Der FLVW hat die U17-Nationalmannschaft Namibias zum Jugendaustausch eingeladen. Nach unseren eigenen Erkenntnissen wurde die Begegnung mit dem entsprechenden Jahrgang durchgeführt. Die U17-Nationalmannschaft konnte auf Grund technischer Probleme erst am Donnerstag, 16.06.2011 nach Namibia zurückfliegen. Wir erwarten am Montag, den 20.06.2011 ein offizielles Bestätigungsschreiben des Ministeriums mit Altersangaben. Um zukünftig Irritationen zu vermeiden, werden wir uns im Vorfeld der Maßnahme eine Spielerliste mit Geburtsdaten vorlegen lassen“.

Der VfL Theesen arbeitet weiter an einer vollständigen Aufklärung.

Bielefeld, den 19.06.2011

Vorstand, Jugendleitung und Turnierausschuss des VfL Theesen e.V.

Pressenotiz des VfL Theesen

Stellungnahme zum Turnierergebnis - 38. Int. B-Junioren-Pfingstturniers - Zweifel am Alter einiger namibischer Spieler.

‘Miscommunication’ blamed in overage saga...

Youth organisers refute Rukoro claims .. . read all

“Before we go we usually send them (Westfalia) the players’ passports,” Veii was quoted as saying. “I don’t believe that ... for Westfalia to claim that they did not know about the players’ ages. For sure they knew about our players in order for them to facilitate our visas,” he added.

Klee denied that any of the other teams had used overage players at the tournament. “I read that an official said that there have also been older players from other teams. This is not true - what is the strategy behind this? Is the aim just to repeat it often enough so that the public will believe it in the end?”

Klee also pointed out that it was the FLvW who had requested an explanation from Namibia’s Ministry of Sport regarding the players’ ages, and not the tournament organisers, VfL Theesen. “It must be clear that we are not and have not been in contact with the NFA or any other organization in Namibia. We are only in contact with the FLvW,” he said. Klee said that he did not have a problem with Namibia winning the tournament, just with the fact that they had not been told that Namibia was using overage players.

“For us in Theesen it is not a problem that Namibia won the tournament. Everybody here was happy that they won while everybody was also very respectful to all the players and officials. But it would also have been respectful if an official told us that there were U20 players so that we could correct the misunderstanding.” “But till now we do not have an official statement that it has really been an u20 team. We will now correct our winning list from u17 to u20, because we cannot play the tournament again. They played well - the Namibian U20 team,” he said.

Klee said that it did not make sense to enter an overage team for the tournament. “The aim of the bilateral programme is to develop football and for it to work you have to see how good your players are in relation to players of the same age. It is not helpful if you play against younger teams. It is nice to win, but it is more important to win fairly,” he said.

Westfalia had not commented on the matter at the time of going to press.
The Namibian football overage saga took a new twist on Thursday when it emerged that miscommunication between the organisers, VfL Theesen, and Namibia’s hosts in Germany, Westfalia, led to the mix-up of Namibia fielding an overage team at the U17 tournament.

The Sports Director of VfL Theesen’s Youth Department, Wolfgang Klee told Namibia Sport that it seemed that the Westfalia Football and Athletics Association (FLvW) had lied to them about the fact that Namibia had overage players.

“I read in the Namibian media that over all these years, it was commonly accepted between the NFA and Westfalia that Namibia had used overage players. The conclusion to these statements can only be that Westfalia is telling us, the tournament organizers, lies. Our own association is lying to a member,” he said.

A Namibian daily on Wednesday quoted Director of Sport Dr Vetumbuavi Veii as saying that Westfalia must have known about the players’ ages and that they had been sending players older than 17 years for several years on their Youth Camp tours to Westfalia.
Young Brave Warriors shock Malawi - Submitted by Namibai Sport Magazine, 06/07/2011

Brian Isaacs’ new look Brave Warriors side scored a major upset when they beat Malawi 1-0 in an international friendly match in Mzuzu, northern Malawi on Wednesday afternoon.

Sydney Urikhob scored the only goal of the match with a world class strike with five minutes remaining. He intercepted a Malawi pass, and beat two defenders before unleashing a cracking shot that flew into the net.

The match took place in front of more than 60 000 spectators at a jam packed Mzuzu Stadium who were celebrating Malawi’s Independence Day. There were few chances in the first half, but Namibia came close 13 minutes into the second half when Urikhob was put clear but with only the goalkeeper to beat he shot wide of the mark. Urikhob however made up for this when he pounced onto a loose ball in the 85th minute and raced clear to score a superb goal. Namibia’s Head of Delegation, JJ Doeseb, told Namibia Sport that it was a great performance by the youthful side who had done their country proud. “It was a great performance by our boys. They rose to the occasion and they have done us proud as a nation. There were few individual stars, but they rather worked together as a unit,” he said. Doeseb raved about Urikhob’s goal, saying that it was a ‘world class goal’. “Sydney scored a world class goal of individual brilliance. He intercepted the ball and took on and beat their defenders, before shooting the ball into the net.”

According to Doeseb, Namibia’s fine effort was even applauded by the Malawi crowd, who started cheering for them towards the end of the match. “They won the crowd over with their positive play and at the end of the match they were singing and celebrating with our boys. It was amazing - they even won over the Malawi crowd,” he said. At the final whistle the Brave Warriors had won over the Malawi crowd who started singing and celebrating with the Namibian players.

The Namibian team:
Ephraim Tjihonge, Willem Mwedihanga, Chris Katjiukua, Ronald Ketjijere (captain), Denzil Haoseb, Dennis Tjetinda, Neville Tjiueza, Ananias Gebhardt, Eslin Kamuhanga, Roger Katjiteo and Sydney Urikhob.

Warriors B Heads for Accra Camp - 11 July 2011

In efforts to rebuild then national pride, the Brave Warriors, the Namibia football Association will be sending a strong development side for a training camp in Ghana next week to be conducted at the Lizzy Sport Complex in Accra.

NFA have selected a group of promising youth players, most of them who formed part of the recent 1-0 victory in a friendly against Malawi, who will be under the tutelage of coaches Bernard Kaanjuka and Ricardo Mannetti for a period of three weeks. Lizzy Sports Complex is founded by renowned and former Ghanaian born French footballer, Marcel Desailly, of great international repute and one of the most decorated African footballers of the past two decades. The complex is an all-in-one Sports Complex comprising of four top quality grass football pitches, five changing rooms, a semi Olympic size swimming pool, table tennis, and a multipurpose court serving basketball, handball, as well as a 16 bedroom accommodation facility available for football clubs; local, national and international teams. The camp to run from July 16 to 8 August fully initiated and funded by the NFA, will include friendly matches in Ghana and neighboring countries Benin and Togo, in an effort to expose our players to more physical players of West Africa who are also ranked amongst the best on the continent.

Other prominent clubs the team will play against includes Michael Essien and Stephen Apiah's former club Liberty Professionals, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Ghanaian league champions Berekum Chelsea. The team will also visit the venue for the 2008 CAF Nations Cup match between Namibian and Guinea, Sekondi-Takoradi, to play against Hassacas and Ebusua Dwarfs. The training camp is also aimed at keeping the players together for some time so that they can get used to certain tactics that can help them adapt and archive with the national teams. Left out of the squad are players such as Eslin Kamuhanga, who will be on trails at South Africa's Maritzburg United next week and also strikers Ikuaterua Tjozongoro and Randall Goagoseb who asked to be excused due to personal reasons.

Here are some of travelling players.
Maxillian Mbaeva, Collin Ndjai, Renaldo Kasuto, Edmund Kambanda, Robinson Iyambo, Innocent Tembo, Teberius Lombard, Stephen Sabatha, Alfeus Handura, Neville Tjiueza, Sydney Urikhob, Benson Shilongo, Petrus Shitembi, Absalom Imbondi, Hendricks Somaeb, Willy Stephanus, Denzil Haoseb, Papi Kavezembi, Richard Tjatavi, Christian Doeseb, Roger Katjiteo and Larry Horaeb.

Young Brave Warriors shock Malawi - Submitted by Namibai Sport Magazine, 06/07/2011
Warriors B Heads for Accra Camp - 11 July 2011

Brave Warriors drawn to play Djibouti - Submitted by Namibia Sport Magazine, 30/07/2011

The Brave Warriors were drawn to play against Djibouti in the 2014 Brazil World Cup preliminary knock out matches for the 24 lowest ranked African teams.

The draw was done in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday. Djibouti were ranked 194 on the latest FIFA/Coca Cola rankings released on Wednesday. Namibia on the other hand climbed 13 places and were placed 140 in the world and 38 in Africa. Namibia will play the first leg of the qualifier in Djibouti City. The second leg will be in Windhoek. The preliminary qualifiers will be played in the period from 11 to 15 November on a home and away basis. If the Brave Warriors beat Djibouti they will go through to the World Cup Qualifiers with the remaining 28 participating member associations from CAF that will consist of 10 groups of four countries each. They would be placed in Group F with Nigeria, Malawi, and either Seychelles or Kenya.

Brave Warriors B beat Dwarfs FC, 08/03/2011

The Brave Warriors development side capped off their Ghanaian tour with a 1-0 victory against Dwarfs FC in Sekondi on Tuesday. The solitary goal of the match came from Neville Tjiueza. The team will return home on Thursday and immediately start preparations for their friendly match against the South African development side on Wednesday next week. Jakes Amaning, the manager of the team said that the team had been great ambassadors while they were in Ghana. “The team have overall behaved in an exemplary manner and have been great ambassadors for Namibia. We are excited about the outcome of how the team has responded to various oppositions and going forward, these lads are the future indeed,” Amaning said from Accra. “It was great and we will now expect invites from other countries. We are not surprised that South Africa want to play us,” Amaning added. The Namibian side faced a Togolese U20 team on Monday and won the encounter 2-0. The goals were scored by Sydney Urikhob and Ikuaterua Tjozongoro. Namibia Football Association (NFA) secretary general, Barry Rukoro said that the match against South Africa would be an opportunity for people to see the team playing. “This will be an opportunity for the nation to come and see the guys in action at home, we have all heard what they did in Ghana and now we have to see for ourselves,” Rukoro said.
Brave Warriors drawn to play Djibouti - Submitted by Namibia Sport Magazine, 30/07/2011
Brave Warriors B beat Dwarfs FC, 08/03/2011
08/08/2011 - The Brave Warriors B side will face off against the South African Under 23 team on Wednesday in a friendly match in Windhoek.

The South Africans requested the match as part of their preparations for the All Africa Games in September. Shakes Mashaba, head coach of the South African side announced a 23-man squad that includes some players in the Premier Soccer League (PSL). The team includes goalkeeper Boalefe Pule (Supersport United) defenders Siyabonga Zule (Orlando Pirates), Ramalwe Mphahlele (Mamelodi Sundowns) and Thulani Hlatshwayo from Ajax Cape Town. Also included in the squad is midfielder Komohelo Mokotjo who plays for Feyenoord Rotterdam FC in the Netherlands.

"We are happy that we were able to secure opponents so we can keep the boys busy and prepare thoroughly," Mashaba told "It would have been even better to play one of the nations that have qualified,” he added. "Be that as it may, Namibia have never disappointed. They always put up a fight and we are expecting a fight, so it should be an interesting game.” "With the All Africa Games just around the corner, this will be a good exercise for the whole team."

The team got together on Sunday for a training camp. The Namibian side has not yet been finalised but is expected to feature most of the players who travelled to Ghana for their three-week training camp. The team returned to Namibia last week. In their last two matches in Ghana the Namibians beat Togo’s U20 national side 2-0 and Ghanaian First Division side Dwarfs FC 1-0.

The full South African squad selected for training:
Boalefa Pule, Brilliant Khuzwayo, Siyabonga Zulu, Sibusiso Mxoyana, Erick Mathoho, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Doctor Mampuru, Wandisile Letlabika, Ramahlele Mphahlele, Gladwin Shitolo, Thandani Ntshumaleyo, Thabang Motau, Mlungusi Mbunjana, Bongolethu Jayiya, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Sameehg Doutie, Themba Zwane, Mandla Masango, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Sici Shilembe,Phumelele Bhengu and Wish Ntombela.

The Namibian team that travelled to Ghana is as follows:
Maxillian Mbaeva, Collin Ndjai, Renaldo Kasuto, Edmund Kambanda, Robinson Iyambo, Innocent Tembo, Teberius Lombard, Stephen Sabatha, Alfeus Handura, Neville Tjiueza, Sydney Urikhob, Benson Shilongo, Petrus Shitembi, Absalom Imbondi, Hendricks Somaeb, Willy Stephanus, Denzil Haoseb, Papi Kavezembi, Richard Tjatavi, Christian Doeseb, Roger Katjiteo and Larry Horaeb.

08/08/2011 - The Brave Warriors B side will face off against the South African Under 23 team on Wednesday in a friendly.
Isaacs confident ahead of match - 31 August 2011

Brave Warriors coach, Brian Isaacs believes that his side still have a chance of qualifying for the AFCON 2012 tournament.

“I have been informed that if we can beat Gambia by three clear goals we can qualify for the finals depending on how my Association’s formal complaint to CAF (Confederation of African Football) on Burkina Faso’s usage of Cameroon born player Herve Zengue, which is being investigated by CAF goes,” Isaacs said.

Namibia played their second leg match against Burkina Faso in Windhoek under protest claiming that Zengue was not eligible to play for Burkina Faso because he was still a Cameroonian citizen. Namibia lost the match 4-1.

Namibia Football Association (NFA) secretary general, Barry Rukoro submitted the protest to South African referee, Jerome Damon just before the kick off on June 4. The 27-year-old Zengue who plays for Terek Grozny in Chechnya also played in the first leg of the qualifier in Ouagadougou on 26 March. Namibia lost the match 4-0. The CAF disciplinary committee is expected to have a decision on the matter once investigations are concluded at the end of September. Burkina Faso lead the three-team Group F in Nations Cup qualifying, with nine points, and are on course to reach the finals if The Gambia fail to beat Namibia on Saturday. However, CAF could award the points Burkina Faso took from their two games with Namibia to the Brave Warriors, if Zengue is found to be ineligible. A transfer of points from one team to the other would see Namibia jump from bottom of the group to top, with six points, leaving Burkina Faso and The Gambia on three points each.

Isaacs added that the Brave Warriors would be out to avenge the 3-1 loss to Gambia in September last year in Banjul. “They beat us 3-1 away and now that they are here we have to also win, its payback time I suppose,” Isaacs said. “But we respect them, they have experience and good knowledge of the game and they have a great coach,” he added. Belgian Paul Put coaches the Scorpions of Gambia.

All 25 players called up by Isaacs for the training camp were available by yesterday evening including Sidney Urikhob, who had gone for trial at Supersport United recently. The final squad will be announced on Thursday.

U/20 second in Angola - The national under-20 side lost 1-0 to Angola in the final of the two-day e youth tournament on Sunday in Cabinda.

The Namibians reached the final after beating Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) 2 -0 with goals from Eslin Kamuhanga and Willy Stephanus on Saturday, while the host Angola managed to overcome Congo Brazzaville in their semi-final encounter on Sunday afternoon in Cabinda, the Angolans managed to win the  tournament known as the Eduardo dos Santos Foundation (FESA) youth tournament  -10 against Namibia who had Alfeus Handura red carded midway through the game. The team returns home on Tuesday with those called up for Brave Warriors camp for the AFCON 2012 qualifier against Gambia on Saturday, joining that camp the same day.

Isaacs confident ahead of match - 31 August 2011
U/20 second in Angola - The national under-20 side lost 1-0 to Angola in the final on Sunday in Cabinda.


The under mentioned players have been invited to a training camp, in preparations for the abovementioned match. The players have to report on Sunday, August 28, 2011, @ 18h00, at the NFA Soccer House, in Windhoek.

13.    Heinrich Isaacks - Civics FC
14.    Willy Stephanus - Black Africa FC
15.    Eslin Kamuhanga - Ramblers FC
16.    Bradley Wermann - Black Africa FC
17.    Ronald Ketjijere - African Stars FC
18.    Petrus Shitembi - Rundu Chiefs
19.    Neville Tjiueza - Tura Magic
20.    Alfues Handura - Tura Magic

21.    Tangeni Shipahu - Amazulu (South Africa)
22.    Rudolf Bester - Orlando Pirates (South Africa)
23.    Sadney Urikhob - Ramblers FC
24.    Roger Katjiteo - Black Africa FC
25.    Benson Shilongo - Ramblers FC

1.    Ephraim Tjihonge - African Warriors (South Africa)
2.    Virgill Vries - Golden Arrows (South Africa)
3.    Maximillian Mbaeva - African Stars FC

4.    Denis Tjetjinda - African Stars FC
5.    Larry Horaeb - Cymot SKW FC
6.    Steven Sabatha - Wesbank Tigers FC
7.    Annanias Gebhardt - Wesbank Tigers FC
8.    Da Costa Angula - Black Africa FC
9.    Chris Katjihukua - Eleven Arrows FC
10.    Willem Mwedihanga - Wesbank Tigers FC
11.    Teberius Lombaard - Tura Magic
12.    Denzil Haoseb - Black Africa FC

Unam Bokkies abandon match - A Women’s Super League (WSL) match was abandoned after players from the Unam Bokkies team refused to continue their match against Okahandja Beauties on Tuesday evening at the Unam Stadium. Okahandja Beauties were leading 1-0 in the 16th minute when their player, Mariana Gaebusi was red carded after she tackled Unam’s Martha Ankambo.

Cosafa u/20

The draw for the 2011 Metropolitan COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships was made in Gaborone on Monday. Botswana will play host to the regional showpiece event from December 1-10 after their successful staging of the event in 2010. The top four teams in each pool advance to the semifinals, which will then be played in a round-robin format.

1.  Seychelles
2.  Malawi
3.  Lesotho

1. Zambia
2. Tanzania
3. South Africa
4. Mauritius

1.  Angola
2.  Madagascar
3.  Namibia
4.  Zimbabwe

1.  Botswana
2.  Comores
3.  Swaziland
4.  Mozambique

The draw for the 2011 Metropolitan COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships was made in Gaborone on Monday
Namibia beat Gambia

Namibia scored a late goal to down visitors Gambia and dent the latter’s hopes of making the Orange CAN 2012  finals.

In the match that was played in Windhoek, Namibia, the visitors had to win to keep their chance alive for qualification for the 2012 Gabon/Equatorial Guinea finals as they still had to play Burkina Faso at home in Bangui later in the year.  But the Scorpions under the mentorship of coach Paul Put were kept in check by the Brave Warriors throughout the game and created few chances of making any breakthrough in the encounter. Halftime score  was goalless, but in the second half, the game came to life as both sides pressed for the elusive opening goal. It was the Namibia who finally broke the deadlock, with 10 minutes to go, as South Africa –based striker Tangeni Shipahu pounced to a defensive error by the visitors, racing down the middle before unleashing a shot into the far right corner past keeper Pa Dembo Touray in the Gambian goal. The result gave Namibia their first  three points in their last match of the AFCON 2012 qualifier as  Burkina Faso lead group F with nine points while Gambia are tied with Namibia on three points, albeit Gambia having to host Burkina Faso later this year.

Namibian coach Brain Isaacs was happy with the result which according to him restored pride and trust from the nation in the national team. “Yes of course we are all are happy that we have won today. It was important for us to win this match and we did. People we starting to get irritated with how our national team performs and so it was only fitting that we capped off a rather disappointing AFCON 2012 qualifiers with a victory in front of our passionate home crowd.”

On his part, Gambia’s Put expressed his disappointment with his team’s display. “I’m so disssapointed with the results and how the team played today. We needed to win this match but we couldn't do it and now our destiny is not in our hands anymore. Secondly, I believe my players today did not reach their levels of potential and this cost us the game. We should have played better than this”, said Put after the match.

Namibia beat Gambia
FIFA funds Women Football - Submitted by mediaofficer on Thu, 2011-09-15 08:59

Namibia women football continues to be supported by FIFA as US$ 40 000 is earmarked for women leagues in due course.

This revelation was made recently after FIFA assured the Namibia Football Association of its commitment to women football development.

According to Cruz Blanco, Women’s Football Development Manager at FIFA, the International Federation hopes that it’s Women’s Football Development Programmes can assist the NFA in its plan to develop Women’s Football in the next four years.

“The NFA team has shown great commitment to the women’s game and we are happy to see all the progress made so far. We look forward to continuing our collaboration in this area. Congratulations to you and your Team for all your achievements!”.

the projects to starts in the 2011/2012 season is well within FIFA’s new initiative to support Women’s Football National Competitions and will be launched toward the end of 2011.

FIFA have set aside $ 10 000 support for the Women Super League, US$ 25 000 for Regional leagues and US$ 5000 for the Under-17 Girls Skills Development League.

On his part, NFA secretary general Barry Rukoro expressed the Association’s deepest gratitude:

“We take this opportunity to, on behalf of the NFA and the entire football family in Namibia; thank FIFA and its Technical Director for this intervention. This is really highly appreciated and makes us extremely proud to be members of the global football family called FIFA.

he adds that “this latest gesture from FIFA, wish is an investment in our girl-child, put extra pressure on NFA to justify FIFA’s trust in our Association and we will do all we can and more to do that”.

Also part of the new FIFA Programme for Women Football Development, Associations can receive material such as balls, shin-guards, goalkeeper gloves and other apparel.

NFA Centre pitch completes - Submitted by mediaofficer on Thu, 2011-09-15 10:45

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) technical centre pitch is nearing completion and stakeholders have expressed satisfaction with the progress made so far.

According to the NFA Technical Director Klaus Staerk, who will be head of the Centre; the laying of the Astroturf at the envisaged training centre is a token of how soon the centre will be inaugurated and starts offering service to football in the country.

“We are happy with the progress made on the work at the centre and we are confident this work will be completed soon”.

Staerk also sang praise of FIFA for their commitment towards the completion of the centre.

“We are also grateful to FIFA for their continued support in as far as the realization of the centre is concerned, because this centre will be such as asset to the Association and it is a great step into the future”.

FIFA consultant Dr. Eric Harrison was in the country recently and commissioned the sub-base erection and now the work of turf installation have started and will be completed soon.

“We will have the pitch ready by Monday” said Peter Rook, who is charge of the installation work.

Once completed then centre will “save the NFA time and money” in stadium rentals fees and transport cost.

“ We will use it for training camps for all our national teams where necessary, hold youth tournaments, all our technical course will be held here as well and with the classroom, the Accommodation block and the pitch at one place, Soccer House, it will surely increase productivity and efficiency”, concludes Staerk.

The centre will also have a security wall erected, a parking lot and an office building.

FIFA funds Women Football - Submitted by mediaofficer on Thu, 2011-09-15 08:59
NFA Centre pitch completes - Submitted by mediaofficer on Thu, 2011-09-15 10:45
Brave Warriors coach :

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has decided to appoint Bernard Kaanjuka as Brave Warriors care-taker coach with immediate effect.

The football authorities, the FA Executive Committee met recently to review the matter of the senior national team coach and appointed Bernard Kaanjuka as the acting coach after the agreement with Brain Isaacs ended with the Gambia match.

The Executive Committee expressed their gratitude to Isaacs for his valuable contribution to the Brave Warriors and football development in general, that came with its own challenges and experiences which the Executive Committee also recognized. Isaacs’s contribution deserves and has received special recognition from the NFA, but the Executive Committee felt that the time was right for the preparation of the team for the future and decided to give Bernard Kaanjuka the acting coach position. Kaanjuka will occupy the acting coach position until such time that all stakeholders have been consulted on the matter of the post advertisement,  to which all  persons , including Isaacs will be welcome to apply and be considered as well.

The NFA hereby calls for the nation to render their usual support to the national team as we move forward with Kaanjuka.

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) appoined Bernard Kaanjuka as Brave Warriors care-taker coach with immediate effect.
Brave Warriors draw against Lesotho - Submitted by Helge Schutz, 31/10/2011

A young Brave Warriors team and Lesotho played to a goalless draw in an international friendly at Windhoek’s Independence Stadium on Monday night.

There was not much to enthuse about in a match that lacked sparkle and excitement while the poor turnout of about 200 people also detracted from the occasion. Furthermore, the floodlights on the south side of the field were not working, with the result that visibility was not very good. It was the new caretaker coach Bernard Kaanjuka’s first match in charge of the senior Brave Warriors and he used the occasion to bring in a number of young players who had come through the U20 and U23 ranks. These included wing backs Steven Sabatha and Ananias Gebhard and midfielders Willy Stephanus, Larry Horaeb and Petrus Shitembi. The only experienced players in the squad, in fact, were captain Heini Isaacks and goalkeeper Arnold Subeb who was recalled to the national side for the first time in seven years.

Namibia were all over Lesotho in the opening quarter as especially winger Willy Stephanus created some chances with his speedy dribbles. He had two shots that went narrowly wide while Heini Isaacks also came close with some early efforts. Larry Horaeb supplied some good crosses from the wing but Sidney Urikhob headed straight at Lesotho’s keeper, while another cross just missed Urikhob and Ananias Gebhardt.

Namibia’s best chance came on 35m when Stephanus sent through a defence splitting pass to Sidney Urikhob. From an acute angle, Urikhob managed to beat Lesotho’s outrushing keeper Mohau Kuenane, but the ball rolled inches past the far post.

Lesotho came more in the game in the second half and nearly scored on 55m when a cracking shot by Ralekoti Mokhahlane crashed off the goalpost. Bryan Bantam and Ronald Ketjijere came on for Namibia in the second half and especially Bantam soon made his presence felt. He interacted well with Willy Stephanus and Heini Isaacks and some quick passes between the three on 65m set Petrus Shitembi clear but his shot bounced off the goalpost.

Alfeus Handura, who came on for Shitembi also provided some good crosses and from one, Sydney Urikhob hit the back of the net, but the goal was disallowed because the ball had gone out of play before.

The final quarter was a bit aimless as neither side created much opportunities, although Kuenane did well to tip a 30m cracker by Bantam over for a corner.

1 Arnold Subeb, 5 Da Costa Angula, 4 Willem Mwedihanga, 15 Denzil Haoseb 12 Ronald Ketjijere 46m), 10 Willy Stephanus, 13 Steven Sabatha, 3 Ananias Gebhard (14 Bryan Bantam 46m), 7 Heini Isaacks (captain), (2 Teberius Lombaard 88m), 6 Larry Horaeb, 11 Petrus Shitembi (8 Alfeus Handura 68m), 17 Sidney Urikhob (9 Roger Katjiteo 83m).

Brave Warriors draw against Lesotho - Submitted by Helge Schutz, 31/10/2011

NFA to appeal CAF decision - 31/10/2011

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has expressed shock and dismay at the CAF decision to dismiss the dispute regarding the eligibility of Burkina Faso player Hervé Zengue.

According to NFA president John Muinjo, the Football Association has appealed the decision taken by CAF to dismiss the protest over Cameroonian-born Hervé Zengue, who featured for Burkina Faso’s home and away ties against Namibia in the 2012 African nations Cup qualifiers, which the latter both lost.

“We are not happy by the decision taken and will follow the necessary and relevant routes to ensure that justice prevails in the matter, with regards to fairness, the whole truth and sound decisions”, said Muinjo. The president added that the article cited in the reported decision by CAF was irrelevant and did not warrant the dismissal of the case. “Article 37.1 that they are referring to talks of captains having signed the protest and that was done and if they haven’t got the signed documents handed over to officials it is not our fault. Besides, considering article 36.12, it states that if there is reservation over a certain player’s eligibility, despite formal protest, the team concerned shall be charged and that is what we striving for, just justice for the good of the game”.

Burkina Faso finished top of Group F ahead of Gambia and Namibia to book their place at the 2012 AFCON to be co hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
Here is what Section 37.1 states as per the regulation for the 2012 AFCON: “It must be preceded by a nominal and motivated protest formulated before the match on the proper form of the match by the captain of the protesting team and communicated to the captain of the opposing team who will counter sign it”.
And Article 36.12 reads: “A team which allows a non-qualified or a suspended player to take part in group matches shall lose the match by penalty (3 – 0), even in the absence of protests/reservations.”

NFA to appeal CAF decision - 31/10/2011
Warriors prepares for Djibouti

The Brave Warriors starts with their 2014 World Cup qualifiers preparation in earnest on Monday as Coach Benard Kaanjuka called up 23 players.
The Warriors played to a goalless draw this week against Lesotho as both sides prepare for the curial 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers matches. Namibia will be playing Djibouti at the Gouled Stadium in Djibouti City on 11 November with the rerun leg slated for the Windhoek's Independence Stadium on Tuesday 15 November.

The under mentioned players have been invited to a training camp, in preparations for the abovementioned match. The players have to report on Sunday, November 6, 2011, at 10h00 at the NFA Soccer House in Windhoek.

Arnold Subeb (Black Africa), Virgil Vries (Golden Arrows, South Africa), Ephraim Tjihonge (African Warriors, South Africa)

Steven Sabatha (Tigers), Ananias Gebhardt (Tigers), Da Costa Angula (Black Africa), Willem Mwandihanga (Tigers), Teberius Lombard (Orlando Pirates), Denzil Hoaseb (Black Africa).

Heinrich Isaacks (Civics), Willy Stephanus (Black Africa), Papi Kavezembi (Tura Magic), Brian Bantam (Black Africa), Ronald Ketjijere (African Stars), Petrus Shitembi (Rundu Chiefs), Alfeus Handura (Tura Magic), Rudolph Bester (Orlando Pirates, South Africa).

Sidney Urikhob (Ramblers), Roger Katjiteo (Black Africa) and Benson Shilongo (Tigers), Tangeni Shipahu (Amazulu, South Africa), Henrico Botes (Platinum  Stars, South Africa), Lazarus Kaimbi (Osotspa, Thailand),

Namibia drawn to play Liberia - Submitted by Namibia Sport Magazine, 31/10/2011

Namibia has been drawn to play against Liberia in the second preliminary round of the 2013 African Nations Cup that will be held in South Africa.

Namibia will have to play in the second round of preliminary matches along with 27 other nations after they failed to qualify for the 2012 edition of the tournament that will be held in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Liberia are ranked 121 in the world and 31 in Africa while Namibia have a world ranking of 127 and are 33rd in Africa.

According to the draw that was conducted in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on Friday, the four lowest ranked teams in the qualifiers – Swaziland Seychelles, Lesotho and Sao Tome and Principe – will play in the first preliminary round with the winners being matched against teams in the second round.

The 16 teams that qualified for the 2012 edition will get an automatic bye from the first two rounds and will enter directly into the final round of qualifiers that begin after next year’s tournament.

The 14 winners from the second preliminary round will then be combined with the 16 teams that qualified for the 2012 edition to play in the final qualifiers. Teams will be paired and the 15 winners will qualify to participate at 2013 tournament in South Africa.

The preliminary matches will kick off during the first half of 2012 with the dates yet to be confirmed while the final round will be played in September and October.

Draw results:
Preliminary Round 1:
Seychelles v Swaziland (Win 1/2)
Sao Tome v Lesotho (Win 3/4)

Preliminary Round 2
Ethiopia v Benin
Rwanda v Nigeria
Congo v Uganda
Burundi v Zimbabwe
Algeria v Gambia
Kenya v Togo
Win 3/ 4 v Sierra Leone
Guinea Bissau v Cameroon
Chad v Malawi
Win 1/ 2 v RD Congo
Tanzania v Mozambique
Central Africa v Egypt
Madagascar v Cape Verde
Liberia v Namibia

Warriors prepares for Djibouti
Namibia drawn to play Liberia - Submitted by Namibia Sport Magazine, 31/10/2011
FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 - First Qualifying Round

Djibouti 0 - 4 Namibia (Goals by Rudolph Bester 2x, Lazarus Kaimbi and Sidney Urikhob)

Spectators: ca 5 000
Score: Namibia 4 Djibouti 0 (1-0 at halftime)
Goals-Namibia: Rudolf Bester 15min, 69min, Lazarus Kaimbi 50min, Sydney Urikhob 84min.

Line - up: 
Namibian team:
Virgil Vries, Steven Sabatha, Willem Mwedihanga, Da Costa Angula, Denzil Haoseb, Larry Horaeb, Bryan Bantam, Heini Isaacks (Willy Stephanus 61m), Rudolf Bester, Tangeni Shipahu (Sydney Urikhob 68m), Henrico Botes (Lazarus Kaimbi 46m).

Referee: Tessema Bamlak (Ethiopia)
Assistants: Kindie Mussie (Ethiopia) / Tesfaye Omega (Ethiopia)
Fourth official: Daniel Fekadu (Ethiopia)

Competition: FIFA World Cup 2014 - Qualifying Round : First Qualifying Round
Date: 11/11/2011 - 12:00 (GMT)
Stadium - Stade El Hadj Hassan Gouled (Ville de Djibouti, Djibouti)

The return leg will take place at Windhoek Independence Stadium at 20h00 on Tuesday, November 15. According to Isaacs there will not be VIP tickets and all tickets will cost N$30. Tickets can be bought at the NFA Soccer House in Katutura.

The winner will advance to the group stages:

Group F: Nigeria, Malawi, Seychelles or Kenya, Djibouti or Namibia

FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 - First Qualifying Round - Djibouti 0 - 4 Namibia (Goals by Rudolph Bester 2x, Lazarus Kaimbi and Sidney Urikhob)

2014 World Cup qualifier - Namibia thump Djibouti - Submitted by Helge Schutz, 15/11/2011

Namibia thumped Djibouti 4-0 at Windhoek’s Independence Stadium on Tuesday night to complete a comprehensive 8-0 aggregate victory and qualify for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
Two goals by Lazarus Kaimbi and one each by Heini Isaacks and second half substitute Sydney Urikhob completed the rout to put Namibia through to the World Cup qualifiers, where they will compete against Nigeria, Malawi and Kenya in Group F.

After winning the first leg 4-0 in Djibouti City on November 11, Namibia had already secured victory, but this did not stop them from putting on a vintage performance for the 4 000-odd fans who came out to watch them Namibia dominated possession from the start with Heini Isaacks, Willem Mwedihanga and Bryan Bantam all coming close in the early stages. Namibia’s pressure told as they won a freekick on 17m when Lazarus Kaimbi was fouled on the edge of the box and Heini Isaacks scored with a superb spot kick that curled around the wall into the right hand corner of the net. Rudolf Bester broke through Djibouti’s defence on 34m, but when Djibouti’s keeper Loita Youssouf blocked his chipped shot, Bester crossed the rebound to an unmarked Kaimbi who headed home from close range. Kaimbi was having a great game with his powerful runs down the right wing and just before halftime provided a great cross that rolled past an open goalmouth with no one there to stab the ball home. Djibouti came out attacking in the second half with Moussa Warsama hitting the post, while Liban Issa came close with a long range effort, but Namibia soon took control again and increased their lead on 58m when Kaimbi ran onto a Ronald Ketjijere pass to slam the ball home from just inside the box. With Ketjijere, Bryan Bantam, Rudolf Bester and Heini Isaacks controlling the midfield, more chances came Namibia’s way with Bester and Kaimbi shooting wide of the target, while a Willy Stephanus shot hit the post. Sydney Urikhob sealed Namibia’s victory on 79m when he ran onto a Kaimbi throughball into the box to blast the ball into the left hand corner of the net.

Namibia 4 Djibouti 0
Namibia goals:
Heini Isaacks 17m, Lazarus Kaimbi 34m, 58m, Sydney Urikhob 79m

Ephraim Tjihonge, Da Costa Angula, Steven Sabatha, Willem Mwedihanga, Larry Horaeb, Bryan Bantam (Willy Stephanus 58m), Lazarus Kaimbi, Heini Isaacks, Rudolf Bester (Petrus Shitembi 72m), Tangeni Shipahu (Sydney Urikhob 58m), Ronald Ketjijere (captain).

2014 World Cup qualifier - Namibia thump Djibouti - Submitted by Helge Schutz, 15/11/2011
U20 leaves for COSAFA Cup

The Namibia under-20 team left for Botswana on Tuesday afternoon to partake in the annual metropolitan COSAFA Under-20 championship. The team which was runner-up last year, losing 4-1 to Zambia in the final, has nine new players who Coaches Bernard Kaanjuka and Ricardo Mannetti have introduced in the team. According to team manager Jakes Amaning, the team delegation will be headed by Roger Kambatuku, as they look to win the elusive regional youth tournament. The team also received a boast of a clothing sponsorship the competition sponsors Metropolitan, as they were presented with an attire worth N$ 30 000 on Tuesday by Metropolitan Namibia.

Namibia is Group D, together with Zimbabwe, Angola and Madagascar, in what is poised as the group of death as the tournaments which kick-off on 1 December with the final to be played on December 10 in Gaborone. last year enroute to the final Namibia beat South Africa 2-0, drew two-all with Lesotho and demolished  Madagascar 3-0 to eventually lose 4-1 in the final to Zambia. Meanwhile, the Comoros team has withdrawn from the Youth Championships in Botswana due to difficulties with travel that were beyond the control of the team.

The Federation Comorienne de Football (FFC) was forced to take the step after the cancellation of their scheduled flight by Precision Air from Moroni on Monday. The FFC have tried in vain to get the players into Botswana on other flights without success and so it has been decided that they will not participate in the 2011 Metropolitan COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships, which run from December 1 to 10. Comoros had been drawn in Group A along with host nation Botswana, Swaziland and Mozambique, with that pool now reverting to a three-team group. It means there will now be 14 participants in the Southern African showpiece event, 13 from the COSAFA region and East Africa guests Tanzania.

Zambia are the defending champions after they claimed the trophy in last year's event that was also staged in Botswana.

Here is the full 18-men squad of Namibia:

Collin Ndjai ( Tura magic), David Petersen (Rebels), Okeri Maekopo (African Stars),Peter Steven  (Civics), Robinson Iyambo (Tura magic), Edmund Kambanda (Benfica), Alfeus Handura (Tura magic), Dynamo Fredericks (Civics), Neville Tjiueza (fwatz wieb durum, Germany), Batista Gomes (Rebels), Salom Pam  (Colts), Mike Sinvula (SKW), Petrus Shitembi (Rundu),Sadney Urikhob ( Ramblers), Benson Shilongo ( Tigers), Randall Goagoseb (Ramblers), Hendrick Somaeb (Blue Waters) and  Innocent Tembo  (Colts).

U20 leaves for COSAFA Cup
U20 leaves for COSAFA Cup young Mike Sinvula (SKW) included in squad.

Sinluva joint SKW at the age of 14 and had his education under u/15 coaches Udo Riedel and Dr. Werner Koepp while his coach in the u/17 was Lesley Kakuva who is in the meanwhile head coach of the Cymot SKW NPL team. The Namibia under-20 team left for Botswana on Tuesday afternoon to partake in the annual metropolitan COSAFA Under-20 championship. Namibia is Group D, together with Zimbabwe, Angola and Madagascar, in what is poised as the group of death as the tournaments which kick-off on 1 December with the final to be played on December 10 in Gaborone.

Here is the full 18-men squad of Namibia:
Collin Ndjai (Tura magic), David Petersen (Rebels), Okeri Maekopo (African Stars),Peter Steven  (Civics), Robinson Iyambo (Tura magic), Edmund Kambanda (Benfica), Alfeus Handura (Tura magic), Dynamo Fredericks (Civics), Neville Tjiueza (fwatz wieb durum, Germany), Batista Gomes (Rebels), Salom Pam (Colts), Mike Sinvula (SKW), Petrus Shitembi (Rundu),Sadney Urikhob ( Ramblers), Benson Shilongo ( Tigers), Randall Goagoseb (Ramblers), Hendrick Somaeb (Blue Waters) and  Innocent Tembo (Colts).

Namibia draw against Zimbabwe, 03/12/2011

Namibia drew 1-1 against Zimbabwe in their opening match of the U20 Cosafa Cup competition in Botswana on Friday. Playing in Group D at the Molepolole Stadium, about 50km outside the capital Gaborone, Namibia took a first half lead through Blue Waters midfielder Hendrik Somaeb. Zimbabwe however equalised after the break to take a share of the spoils. In another Group D match, Angola beat Madagascar 1-0 to go to the top of the group. It is likely to be a hard-fought pool between four sides who would also fancy themselves as among the favourites to top the group and reach the semifinals.

Namibia draw against Zimbabwe, 03/12/2011
Namibia crash out of Cosafa U20 Cup - Submitted by Helge Schutz, 06/12/2011

Namibia crashed out of the Cosafa U20 Youth Championships in Botswana on Tuesday evening in a dramatic 4-3 defeat against Angola.

With 30 minutes remaining Namibia seemed set for a semifinal spot when they led 3-1, but the match turned on its head when Angola were awarded a penalty and Namibian defender Okeri Maekopi was red carded for excessive protestations. Angola immediately capitalised, scoring three goals to win the match and book a place in the semifinals of the competition, where they will meet Malawi. Nicolu Adriano scored a hattrick for Angola while Paciencia Cristovao scored their winning goal in the 89th minute. Benson Shilongo scored a brace for Namibia but missed a sitter just before halftime, while Petrus Shitembi scored one goal. Angola took the lead on 11m when Adriano rounded Namibia’s keeper Collin Ndjai to fire into the net. Namibia however equalised on 27m through a brilliant freekick by Petrus Shitembi that curled into the top corner of the net. Ten minutes later Namibia took the lead for the first time when Benson Shilongo slotted home from close range, but on the stroke of halftime Shilongo missed a sitter with an open goalmouth gaping. Shilongo put Namibia 3-1 ahead with his second goal on 61m, but the match took a dramatic turn a minute later when the referee awarded a penalty to Angola and Namibian defender Okeri Maekopi was sent off for excessive protests. Angola immediately capitalised with Adriano scoring from the spot to make the score 3-2. Angola turned up the tempo and equalised on 74m when Adriano grabbed his hattrick. With a minute remaining Paciencia Cristovao sealed Angola’s victory when he sped past Ndjai to score from an acute angle.

Angola will now play Malawi while the defending champions Zambia will meet Botswana in the semifinals.

Namibia crash out of Cosafa U20 Cup - 6/12/2011