Namibia’s Young Warriors the other day late afternoon strutted their stuff against Mauritania’s senior side in a friendly match that functioned as preparation ahead of Monday’s Africa U/20 Cup of Nations (Afcon) opening clash against Main African Republic (CAR).

Namibia remains in Group B of the 2021 U/20 Afcon together with Burkina Faso, Tunisia and VEHICLE, and will see only the top two teams from each of the three groups and the 2 best-placed runners-up advancing to the quarterfinals of the continental youth competition. The tournament gets under this weekend in Mauritania.

Yesterday’s friendly clash, which was still underway at the time of going to print, serves part of a series of warm-up matches arranged by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) for the Young Warriors ahead of their maiden look at the U/20 Afcon finals.

Namibia will on Monday, 15 February, kick off their project with a crucial clash versus CAR, before facing Tunisia next Thursday, 18 February. Their last group action will protest Burkina Faso on 21 February.

Talking to the NFA media desk ahead of the other day’s friendly match, Young Warriors gaffer James Britz said the warm-up clash versus Mauritania’s senior side was highly important for Namibia as it will keep the young boys focused and provide a feel of what to anticipate come Monday.

” We are delighted to see what the Mauritanian senior side will throw at us however it is a terrific chance for the boys to prepare and see what they can bring to the table. We have a couple of injury issues in the squad however thankfully we have an overall of 29 players to select from and we will weigh our options ahead of Monday’s clash,” said Britz.

The 29-manYoung Warriors squad: Tully Nashixua, Immanuel Hamunyela, Denzil Narib, Pitsi Ameb, Romeo Amon, Xavier McClune, Edmar Kamatuka, Carl Tjipe Karuuombe, Rio Goagoseb, Ronin Brendt, Remarkable Kandjii (Khomas); Steven Damaseb, Prins Tjiueza, Pledge Gurirab, Herman Uwuseb, Tuhafeni Ananias, Gerson Paulus (Erongo); Ngazikue Kandetu, Ruhuka Ngatangwe (Omaheke); Mwanyekange Matheus (Omusati); Josef Erastus (Oshana); Juninho Jantze (Hardap); Eubrahim Apollus (// Kharas); Giovani Kaninab, Gonzales Tsuseb (Kunene); Ngero Katua, Garere Damaseb, Jovane Narib, Phillip Joseph

(Otjozondjupa).