Kaizer Chiefs star Robert Nauseb was expelled from the Namibian national camp on the eve of the crucial Nations Cup qualifier against Nigeria following an argument with coach Ted Dumitru.
Nauseb, Chiefs’ August player of the month, is reported to have arrived at the team’s hotel only on Wednesday morning after being released by his club on Sunday after the annual players’ awards.
The Brave Warriors have a crucial African Nations Cup qualifier against Group One leaders Nigeria in Windhoek on Saturday. The Super Eagles of Nigeria have already qualified for the Mali 2002 continental showpiece and competition for the runners-up berth is very tight.
Namibia are at the bottom of the table but have an equal number of points with Madagascar and Zambia. Victory against Super Eagles could book them a ticket to Mali.
“He has let down the country, the national team and me, and as long as I am in charge, he will not play for Namibia again,” said Dumitru.
An argument with the coach ensued after the player was questioned about his absence. Nauseb said he had commitments to attend to and as the argument intensified, he allegedly started swearing at Dumitru.
Dumitru said he could not allow Nauseb’s undisciplined behaviour in front of the rest of the squad.
Besides Nauseb’s unavailability, Ricardo Mannetti is in a race against time to get fit for Saturday clash after twisting ligaments in his ankle during training on Tuesday.
The Brave Warriors put on an impressive performance against an invitational team in a friendly match at the Independence Stadium on Wednesday, winning the match 10-0, according to the Namibian Newspaper.
Meanwhile, Nigerian striker Tony Illodigwe, who plays for Kaizer Chiefs, is out of Saturday’s match due to an undisclosed injury.
“We have received reports from Kaizer Chiefs that Ilodigwe will not be available for the Namibia match because he is injured,” said Austin Mgbolu, spokesman for the Nigeria Football Association (NFA).
The Nigerian team arrived in Windhoek on Wednesday night but at the time of going to press it could not be confirmed whether Illodigwe and Ikedia were part of their group.