‘Forgotten’ Uri-Khob hopes for Brave Warriors call-up

By Michael Uugwnga

Sadney Uri-Khob, who plays professional football in Tanza- nia for Young Africans FC in Tanzania’s Mainland Premier League, said he has not spoken to incumbent Brave Warriors coach Bobby Samaria since the latter was appointed coach in July.

Uri-Khob (27) is still regard- ed as one of the country’s top strikers of the last decade and is one of the few senior national players to have played for Na- mibia at all youth level.

At national level he had an topsy-turvy career for the Brave Warriors due to injuries and little game time at previous clubs.

Uri-Khob signed his first professional contract with Amazulu FC in South Africa in 2013 before he went to play in Thailand at Saraburi in 2015; SuperPowerin2016; Jumpasri in 2017; Police Tero 2018 (all Thailand); MedaninIndonesia (2018 for few months) before returning to Namibia earlier this year.

Uri-Khob played in some of the Brave Warriors 2019 Africa CupofNations(AFCON) qualifier matches but was droppedbythenheadcoach Ricardo Mannetti for the AFCON tournament in Egypt from June to July this year.

Life in Tanzania seems to be going well for Uri-Khob, buthewillneedtodomore to convince Samaria that he is goodenoughtoearnhimselfa place in the current misfiring

Brave Warriors side that came short against Guinea in their 2021 AFCON match on 17 November. Uri-KhobconfirmedtoCon- fidente Sport this week that no onefromtheBraveWarriors technical team has been in ouch with him since his move to East Africa.

He feels that he is still good enough to play for Namibia, if given an opportunity by the technical team.

“The Tanzania football league is very good, tough, physical, lots of running and rough, but I am however coping. No, I haven’t spoken with Bobby (Samaria) yet and of course I’m still young and will never say no to a call-up. I still have goals that I need to achieve with the Brave War- riors,” said Uri-Khob.

Young African is the biggest historic and most successful football club in Tanzanian foot- ball history with a total of 27 league titles and it is also one

of the best football clubs in east and central Africa. However their last title win was in the 2016-17 soccer season.

Young Africans are currently languishingin15thplacewith 10 points out of 20 teams in theleague,althoughtheyhave played only five matches compared to top of the table club Simba SC with 22 points from nine matches.

Uri-khob said he came to Tanzania to improve his foot- ball skills but has seen his game time limited at the club due to injuries that saw him playing only two matches so far, scor- ing one goal in the process.

“I have passed that stage of living in a clubhouse and I’m currently based in Dar es Salaam. I’m currently staying alone. My wife and I are still planning to see the best options for our kids , whether the environment in Tanzania is good, since our firstborn is currently schooling. My closest teammate is lamine Moro from Ghana and my best game so far for my club was the match away to Mbao, as we won 1-0 and I scored that goal. Mbao, on the other hand, hardly lose matches at home. My aim is to score at least 16 goals this season if I am injury-free. I hardly eat food that I am not familiar with in Tanzania, but my favourite dish is local chicken with rice and beans,” he said.

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