Namibia: Nyambe Gutted Over Warriors Absence

Blackburn Rovers will not allow defender Ryan Nyambe to play for Namibia during the international period due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

Rovers opted against releasing the 23-year-old for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea in Windhoek on 28 March, as Namibia is on the United Kingdom’s red list of countries with a travel ban imposed on them.

The club informed the Namibia FA that Nyambe, whose current deal with Rovers expires in June, will not join the national side, as he would be required to quarantine at a government-approved facility for 10 days following his return to the UK.

That would have ruled him out of Blackburn’s English Championship matches against Wycombe on 2 April and Bournemouth on 5 April. And depending on his travel arrangements, Nyambe could also have missed the clash against Cardiff on 10 April. Capped seven times by Namibia, the bustling defender yesterday said he was gutted about not being able to help the Brave Warriors in the must-win clash.

“I won’t be coming this month for the qualifiers. The club won’t be releasing me, as Namibia is on the red list, and I will have to isolate when I return,” Nyambe told the NFA website.

Namibia need to beat Guinea to qualify for the finals in Cameroon. The Warriors were handed a three-point lifeline following Chad’s expulsion from the qualifiers.

Chad, of which the national federation was disbanded by the government, were due to host Namibia in N’Djamena on 24 March before travelling to face Mali in Bamako on 28 March.

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