Namibia men’s football interim head coach Bobby Samaria has called up a provisional squad of 31 players to camp in preparation for the 2021 Championship of African Nations Cup (CHAN), to be hosted early next year in Cameroon.
Namibia has been drawn in Group D with Guinea, Tanzania and Zambia, and the players reported at the bubble camp on Monday, the Namibia Football Association (NFA) stated.
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Samaria said the team will be hard at work to ensure that the players’ fitness is brought to the best possible level and have them in great shape within a reasonable time.
“The challenge is getting the players to match fitness and what compounds matters is we won’t be able to play regional teams as we did prior to COVID-19 unless those teams get tested for COVID-19 too,” he added.
Meanwhile, Samaria said he is looking at playing one of the neighboring countries in a friendly match to gain the needed game time.