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Namibia Plot Germany Camp for Eagles

11 May 2012

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Stephen Keshi, Super Eagles coach

Namibia will train in Germany and play a warm-up game against Mozambique ahead of next month’s 2014 World Cup qualifier in Nigeria.

The Eagles host the Brave Warriors on June 3 in an opening game of a qualifying section that also has Malawi and Kenya.  

Namibia, led by German technical director Klaus Stark, will set up a training camp in Kaiserau, Germany, from May 21.

During their 10-day stint in Germany, they will test their readiness with warm-up games with Mozambique as well as German lower league sides.

The Brave Warriors have called up 23 players mostly drawn from the country’s league as well as from neighbouring South Africa.

Among the call-ups are South Africa-based strikers Lazarus Kaimbi (Jomo Cosmos), Tangeni Shipahu (Amazulu), Rudolf Bester (Orlando Pirates) and Henrico Botes (Platinum Stars).
Midfielder Manfred Stark from German club Hansa Rostock is the only Europe-based player on the squad.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has insisted he is not disturbed by the steady slide of his team on the FIFA rankings.

On Wednesday, Nigeria dropped to number 12 in Africa and 63 in the world in the latest rankings.

However, Keshi has maintained he is not overly concerned with the rankings as he is preoccupied with building a formidable team since he took charge in November.

"I am not concerned or worried over our continued drop in the FIFA rankings. You know we were not at the last Africa Cup of Nations and we are currently building a new team, so it’s understandable when we drop,” argued Keshi.

"My concern right now is to win matches for my country and build a formidable team that every Nigerian would be proud of. I am not worried by the rankings because I know we will climb the ladder again."

In the latest ranking, Cote d’Ivoire are Africa's top team followed by  Ghana, Algeria, Mali, Zambia,  Gabon,  Libya, Tunisia,  Egypt and Morocco in that order.
Sierra Leone, 11th in Africa, are for the first time in the history of African football ranked above Nigeria.

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