Namibia coach Ricardo Mannetti has praised the versatility of EFL Championship player Ryan Nyambe.
The Blackburn Rovers fullback recently made his international debut for the Southern African team, featuring in a 1-0 friendly win over Ghana this past weekend, and has been included in their 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Nyambe wanted to focus on earning a regular place in the Rovers side before committing to international football, which he did in April after signing a new two-year deal at Ewood Park.
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The 21-year-old can now focus on helping Namibia in their quest to advance from a tough Group D at the finals, which also includes South Africa, Morocco and Ivory Coast – all past champions of the competition.
Nyambe’s ability to play all across the backline was a key factor in his inclusion by coach Mannetti.
“Those are the pillars of our decision,” the coach said.
“Also, the inclusion of Ryan Nyambe at the back, his versatility is key for the changes at the back.
“We feel this team has the right energy, they are right for the tactics and will represent Namibia to the best of their abilities.
“These are the right players with the right work ethic and harmony.”
The Brave Warriors open their Nations Cup campaign against Morocco on June 23.