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Former national team star Collin Benjamin signs long-term deal to become Namibia manager

Former Namibia national team captain Collin Benjamin signed on to become the new manager of the Brave Warriors this week, succeeding long time interim manager Bobby Samaria. The 43-year-old was previously an assistant for the Namibia side under previous manager Ricardo Mannetti at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and led the team during their 2019 COSAFA Cup campaign. Benjamin signed a five-year deal and will guide Namibia during the upcoming 2022 COSAFA Cup in July before the Brave Warriors take on Cameroon in two important 2023 AFCON qualifying matches in September.

Benjamin, a defender in his playing days, was a regular with German Bundesliga side Hamburg and spent ten years with the team before returning to Namibia upon retirement to dedicate his time to building a football center with the goal of improving Namibian youth football. There will be plenty of challenges for Benjamin considering a lengthy absence of domestic football in the country with only a handful of national team players competing abroad.

Benjamin returns to Brave Warriors (The Namibian)