Despite his struggles at club level due to lack of game-time, Kaizer Chiefs’ Virgil Vries has earned a call-up to Namibia's senior national team.
Following the signing of Daniel Akpeyi by Chiefs from Chippa United, as well as the emergence of Bruce Bvuma, Vries lost his place in Chiefs’ first team under coach Ernst Middendorp.
Vries has been called up to Namibia’s squad that is set to prepare for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Zambia, which is scheduled for March 23.
Vries will be joined in the Brave Warriors squad from the PSL by fellow goalkeeper Maximilian Mbaeva of Golden Arrows, as well as few other Mzansi-based Namibian players, including Bidvest Wits’ Deon Hotto and Riaan Hanamub of Jomo Cosmos, among others.
Virgil Vries, Max Mbaeva, Loydt Kazapua, Edward Maova, Petrus Shitembi, Tiberius Lombard, Ananias Gebhardt, Willy Stephanus, Denzil Haoseb, Peter Shalulile, Marcel Papama, Riaan Hanamub, Dynamo Fredericks, Emilio Martin, Ronald Ketjijere, Benson Shilongo, Ivan Kamberipa, Edmund Kambanda, Muna Katupose, Sadney Urikhob, Joslin Kamatuka, Vitapi Ngaruka, Charles Hambira, Treasure Kauapirura, Itamunua Keimuine, Immanuel Heita, Absalom Iimbondi and Deon Hotto-Kavendjii.
With his call up, Vries has increased the number of Chiefs goalkeepers called up to their respective national teams to three, following the call-ups of Akpeyi and Bvuma to the Nigerian and South African national teams respectively.