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Nyambe should enjoy the experience

Rovers manager Tony Mowbray says Ryan should relish playing at Africa Cup of Nations

17 June 2019

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Tony Mowbray believes Ryan Nyambe will return to Rovers a better player following his participation at this summer's Africa Cup of Nations.

The tournament gets underway this Friday, with Nyambe's Namibia playing their first match against Morocco on Sunday.

The Brave Warriors will also come up against South Africa on June 28th and Ivory Coast on July 1st.

It will be Nyambe's first real involvement of international football, having only recently pledged his availability to the country of his birth.

The 21-year-old right-back made his Namibia debut in a 1-0 victory over Ghana in a Dubai-based friendly earlier this month and is expected to start their opening group game on Sunday.

Nyambe's involvement means he won't report back for pre-season training until July, but Mowbray is comfortable with the situation and says the defender should enjoy the experience. 

“I’m delighted for Ryan," said the Rovers boss. "It will be a great experience for him.

“I remember the day the draw was made and they've got a terribly tough group, but it will be a great experience playing against the likes of Wilfried Zaha.

“I’ll look forward to him enjoying the experience of it and playing more football.

“It’s great for young players like Ryan. I don’t worry about him playing extra football during the summer, it won’t hurt Ryan Nyambe.

“He's a beast of a boy, he's super fit, he should just enjoy the experience of going there and playing for his country and trying to get as much experience, soak it in, play the football, enjoy it and he'll come back a better player for us I’m sure.”

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