Namibia captain Dynamo Fredericks is confident their participation in the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN), Cameroon 2020 would be a memorable one, thanks to their good preparation for the tournament which starts in Cameroon on Saturday (16 January 2021).
The southern African nation will be making their second appearance in the tournament which will be played from 16 January to 7 February 2021.
The Brave Warriors have been camping in their coastal town of Walvis Bay since last month in preparation for the 16-team competition designed exclusively for home-based footballers.
Coach Bobby Samaria’s squad started training on 8 December 2020, but an outbreak of COVID-19 in the camp temporarily halted their preparations.
With training resuming days before the tournament, hope is high among the squad that they can improve on their first appearance in the competition three years ago in Morocco where they reached the quarterfinals.
Fredericks believes most of the players have acquired the physical and mental fitness to make a big impression at the tournament played in the Central African country.
“I have been pushing the boys to keep working hard and not despair because of the others who tested positive,” the captain of the Brave Warriors said.
“I also constantly call the ones in isolation to motivate and encourage them to have faith and work towards fully recovering because we are all waiting for their return.
“We are going to CHAN not to participate but to compete against the best, so we will go play to the best of our abilities to make the nation proud,” he concluded.
Namibia will open their Group D campaign against Guinea on 19 January before taking on Tanzania and Zambia in the rest of their matches in Limbe.