Benjamin aiming to make a mark at Afcon

Ngero Katua and Charles Hambira in action during a training session. Photo: NFA

The Tafel Lager Brave Warriors, led by coach, Collin Benjamin, bank on making their mark at the 2024 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), with a formidable handpicked squad of 23 Brave Warriors, set to compete in Cote D’Ivoire.

The 23-man squad reflects a blend of seasoned players and rising talents, all aiming to leave a lasting impression.

Among the squad, Loydt Kazapua, Ryan Nyambe, Denzil Haoseb, Ivan Kamberipa, Charles Hambira, Absalom Iimbondi, Petrus Shitembi, Marcell Papama, Deon Hotto, Peter Shalulile and Joslin Kamatuka, carry the weight of experience from their previous Afcon journey in 2019, lending a valuable edge to the squad. 

Notably, Kamatuka marked his name in history by scoring Namibia’s sole goal during the last tournament.

Benjamin shared his confidence in the team’s potential, stressing their shared ambition and individual skills as the driving force behind their pursuit of greatness.

“Before we think of outplaying our opponents, we have to outplay our previous performances in the tournament. Afcon is our world cup and our aim is to leave a mark,” he stated.

Despite a formidable Group E awaiting them, including tough opponents Tunisia, Mali and South Africa, Benjamin embraces the challenge, emphasising the importance of cohesion, strategy, perfection and the right mindset.

The squad, which is ready to represent Namibia is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Loydt Kazapua, Kamaijanda Ndisiro, Edward Maova.

Defenders: Ananias Gebhardt, Ryan Nyambe, Riaan Hanamub, Kennedy Amutenya, Denzil Haoseb, Charles Hambira, Aprocious Petrus, Ivan Kamberipa, and Lubeni Haukongo.

Midfielders: Ngero Katua, Marcel Papama, Petrus Shitembi, Prins Tjiueza and Uetuuru Kambato.

Forwards: Wendell Rudath, Absalom Iimbondi, Peter Shalulile, Deon Hotto, Joslin Kamatuka and Bethuel Muzeu.

With the tournament kicking off on 13 January 2024, in Abidjan, Yamoussoukro, Bouake, San Pedro and Korhogo, the Brave Warriors aim to harness their strengths and strive to leave a memorable impression at the 2024 Afcon edition. –

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