Brave Warriors mull Botswana switch

Brave Warriors: Namibia could be soon be using Botswana for its home matches PIC: CGTN AFRICA
Brave Warriors: Namibia could be soon be using Botswana for its home matches PIC: CGTN AFRICA

FRANCISTOWN: Namibia's soccer team, the Brave Warriors might soon be playing home matches in Botswana, Mmegi Sport has learnt. The Namibian Sports Commission (NSC) and the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) have opened talks to have the Brave Warriors play their home matches in Botswana.

Early this year, Namibia was banned from staging international matches by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) because of the poor standard of its facilities. Namibia often staged its home matches at the Sam Nujoma Stadium but has been forced to play in South Africa after the ban. Botswana has several facilities that are eligible to host international matches among them the admired Obed Itani Chilume Stadium.

The development comes as Namibia and Botswana are planning to launch a joint bid to host the 2027 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). While the BNSC chief executive officer (CEO), Tuelo Serufho was reluctant to discuss reports the Namibian national team might start playing its matches in Botswana, his Namibian counterpart, Simataa Mwiya confirmed their interest in switching their matches to Botswana. “The matter of having some games in Botswana is indeed a good idea as it will cement our relationship as we prepare to bid for the 2027 AFCON,” he said “However, we are yet to formally discuss with the football family (Namibia Football Association) as the main stakeholder.

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