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Football: Namibia to face Zimbabwe in CHAN qualifier

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Despite the absence of domestic football for the past 18 months, national team coach, Ricardo Mannetti has selected 18 players to face Zimbabwe in the second round first leg of the 2018 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifiers at Windhoek’s Sam Nujoma Stadium on Sunday.The Namibian domestic league has been dormant since the mobile giant, Mobile Telecommunications Limited terminated its 14-years N$15 million ($1.15 million) annual sponsorship in May 2016.

However, Mannetti urged his team to put in the extra effort against the Warriors of Zimbabwe.

“We have to throw big punches on Sunday and we need to convert chances. They will fight back as well. We have the problem of scoring and hopefully on Sunday we can get past that. All players need to score not just the strikers and I expect the midfielders too to assist and score goals. It should be a collective effort on Sunday,” Mannetti said in a statement.

Zimbabwe comes into the match basking in the glory of winning the 2017 edition of COSAFA Castle Cup after defeating Zambia 3-1 at Royal Bafokend Sports Palace in South Africa last week.

The Zimbabwe team also have advantage of CAF Champions league experience.

CAPS United players campaigned in the continental premiere championship, despite losing 4-1 to USM Algiers on Sunday, June 9.

The two Southern African nations will meet for the second leg clash in Harare on 23 July, from which the winner will either take on Lesotho or th Comoros in their march to CHAN 2018 finals in Kenya.

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