Windhoek — The national Under-17 football team left for Gaborone, Botswana yesterday to participate in the Four Nations Tournament to be hosted by the Botswana Football Association (BFA).
The Namibian team manager, Dawid Morgan, confirmed that the squad of 20 players will be coached by newly appointed Orlando Pirates mentor Christy Khuruseb, who will be assisted by the NFA in-house coach Ricardo Mannetti.
The three-day youth tourney that will feature hosts Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and Swaziland, starts tomorrow and ends on Saturday.
Morgan said that he was pleased that the Namibian players passed the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) tests to verify their true ages ahead of the 2013 African Under-17 championship qualifiers.
The test was in compliance with a FIFA circular sent to all the affiliated federations, through the Confederation of African football (CAF), that all prospective U-17 players must undergo and pass the MRI test before they can feature for their nation in any internationally sanctioned competition.
MRI is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body.
Following the withdrawal of the Reunion Republic from the qualifiers, Namibia will have a bye in the opening round of qualfiers and will play defending champions Burkina Faso with the home leg slated for November 13 in Windhoek, before travelling to the tiny West African country for the return leg a fortnight later.
The winner of the Namibia/Burkina Faso fixture will face the winner of the Ethiopia/Tunisia clash with the eventual winner booking their place at the biennial youth championships next year.
The Namibian squad travelling to Botswana:
Kenny Glen Kamuchete, Jonas Matheus, Kevin Kahman, Marius Hashipala, Luciano Fischer, Pienhas Willem, Mike Wamunyima, Jerome Jagger, Wilfred Fortuin, Guran van Wyk, Tony Isaack, George Haikali, Moses Owoseb, Ernst Stuurman, Ronaldinho Pieters, Meico Wolf, Ricardo Katjatenja, Jacob Nakabule, Waun-Lee Mwanzi and Uaseukuo Katjikua.