Depleted Namibia place young squad against Nigeria

The Brave Warriors are missing some of their most experienced and tried players in the game against the Super Eagles on Sunday

Namibia will start their game against Nigeria in their first game of Group F of the 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil qualifying without three of their most tested players.

28 year-old Rudolf Bester of Orlando Pirates in South Africa is not fit for the game. Bester who is the most experienced player in the squad with 32 caps for his country and an Africa Cup of Nations 2008 appearance will sit out the encounter.

Likewise, Lazarus Kaimbi of Jomo Cosmos in South Africa is suspended. Kaimbi scored thrice in their preliminary qualification game against Djibouti. The 23 year-old has made 14 appearances for the Brave Warriors.

In attack the Namibians will now depend on Amazulu’s Tangeni Shipahu in Sunday’s encounter at the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar.

Shipahu, 24, will make his ninth appearance for the visitors who are expected to deplore a defensive-minded 4-5-1 formation against the Super Eagles.

Willy Stephanus, Heinrich Isaacks, Ronald Ketjijere, Petrus Shitembi and Eslin Kamahunga will be the midfield enforces in the absence of Bryan Bantam who pulled a muscle during training in Calabar.

26 year-old Ephraim Tjihonge of African Warriors will be in goal for the game. Tjihonge will win his 13th cap for Namibia.