Brave Warriors players motivated despite ongoing challenges

 Brave Warriors players motivated despite ongoing challenges

Namibian football players are struggling to keep their heads above water during the emergency measures that have been put in place during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Many are keen on keeping fit - despite not knowing when normal livelihood will resume.
Namibia Premier League players have not been active for almost a year now, due to football politics and infighting. COVID 19 made the already dire situation even worse.
The Brave Warriors players were still active before COVID 19, as they were preparing for the 2020 African Nations Championship to be hosted in Cameroon.
The outbreak of COVID 19 did not only force organisers to postpone the tournament, but also restricted players to stay home as per the state of emergency regulations.
Brave Warriors CHAN team's captain Dynamo Fredericks has not been discouraged by the situation as he tries to keep his fitness levels up to scratch. As such, he has committed himself to a training routine every morning.
Fredericks, who earned 31 caps for his country with one goal scored, is pushing even though it is hard to make ends meet.
“I have saved some money when I was getting paid and hope it will sustain me until the lockdown is over” Fredericks said.
Another Brave Warriors player who keeps himself in shape is 30-year-old goalkeeper Ratanda Mbazuvara.
Mbazuvara who played 5 times for the national side was last paid in January this year - until his contract with African Stars ended. He decided to get into the transport business just to put bread on the table.
“I am currently transporting people to and from work and I getting three people in the car, so each one gives me N$500 dollars which amounts to N$1500 and that is not enough , but it’s something” Mbazuvara said.
Rehabeam Mbango is one player who is severely affected by COVID 19. At 31 years old, Mbango was about to represent his country for the very first time in Cameroon.
“It is very disappointing and I hope the Coronavirus will go away so I can represent my country again but I am not giving up I will try to work as hard I can every day” Mbango said.
Despite being a footballer, Mbango is also a Windhoek Vocational Training Centre graduate in Electrical Engineering air-conditioning and refrigeration.
He has not been lucky in getting employment and currently depends on the help of his relatives.