Ryan Nyambe, Blackburn Rovers
Saturday May 04, 2019. 12:00
Highly-rated full-back Ryan Nyambe, who plays for English Championship side Blackburn Rovers, has finally committed himself to the Namibia national team.
The 21-year-old player had to deal with scrutiny from both the Namibian media and public on his availability to play for the country of his birth Namibia.
In welcoming Nyambe, Namibia coach Ricardo Mannetti confirmed Nyambe’s participation by saying: “I have a following his career and has been a big fan and finally he has agreed to play for his country."
"It is the biggest dream for any player to don their national colours and I am happy that he has decided to do so now. Going to AFCON, we need all the players we can get and he is surely a player of a different dimension. I had a lot of conversations with him and its clear that he weighed his options carefully.”
The coach believes right-back Nyambe will add “tremendous value” to the team at the AFCON Finals given his pedigree and fine form during his sudden rise in the game.
An optimistic Nyambe looks ahead: “I’m pleased to finally join the family. It has always been coming, I have been thinking about it for a while and now I am ready and raring to go! I feel honoured to play for my country and excited to meet the squad soon."
On what the nation can expect Nyambe reveals, “Expect me to give all in every game and hopefully I can make an impact that will help the team succeed. I would bring to the team the ability to defend and energy as a full back."
The Brave Warriors are in Group D at the 32nd AFCON Finals to be hosted by Egypt and will play Morocco on June 23 before taking on South Africa on June 28, both at Al Salam Stadium. They will play the final group game against Ivory Coast on 1 July at Cairo International Stadium.