Namibia Fans during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match between Namibia and Ivory Coast at the 30 June Stadium, Cairo on the 01 July 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Tuesday Jul 16, 2019. 13:00
Namibian coach Bobby Samaria has been roped in to take charge of the Brave Warriors in their 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers starting with Comoros Island on 26 July and 2 August in the second round.
FIFA Normalization Committee chairlady Hilda Basson-Namundjebo confirmed Samaria appointment and called on the nation to support the team.
“We have got a coach for the CHAN team and we believe Bobby has the right mentality and enthusiasm to lead the team at this juncture. We were never going to pull out these important qualifiers and the team starts training on Tuesday. The previous head coach initiated this project and players and we just carrying it through for continuation. We will support the team in order to get the best out of them," Basson-Namundjebo said.
Samaria returns to the national team fold after some time out and he is looking forward to the challenge.
“ When I was approached to consider the offer to coach the national team , I was excited and firstly needed to get the blessings from Africans Stars who gave me that and then I accepted to serve my country in this capacity. I was frozen out for some time and now I have grown wiser and bolder to serve. Being part of the setup is not an entitlement and I’m ready to work," added Samaria, who was the coach of the national under-20s and under-23s between 2005 and 2008.
“We have only this week here and Monday we leave for Comoros and I must emphasized that we are pressed for time but that should not be an excuse because the players are footballers and this types of situation are common to them and to me as a coach as well," Samaria concluded.