Brave Warriors interim coach Ricardo Mannetti is confident the team will come through on Wednesday night against Nigeria at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.
Mannetti, who took over as interim head coach on Sunday, following the resignation of Roger Palmgren, this morning held his first training session with the players and reckons the mood in the camp is positive, as players gear up to face the African champions.
“Coaches come and go but the national team remains and the players are committed to running out there (on Wednesday night) and perform to the best of their abilities,” said Mannetti.
He calls on the nation to remain positive and rally behind the team.
“We need the support, all of it from the nation as we go into this crucial game. The only thing that has changed is Roger (Palmgren) leaving, but the situation remains, we have to win this game and for that we need all the support we can get,” said Mannetti.
Mannetti says he will stick to the game plan.
“We have been working with these players for about two weeks now and there is no need to introduce any new ideas that can confuse players, we are sticking to our plan to get victory against Nigeria, it will be great for all of us,” adds the former Civics midfielder.
Oliver Risser is a doubt due to an injury picked up during a training session while Manfred Starke has a 50/50 as he battling to overcome flu.
The Warriors have to win their final two games first against Nigeria and Kenya on 9 September to have a chance of making it through to the final round of Africa’s qualification to Brazil.
Tickets for the game are on sale at Computicket at Shoprite and Checkers and at the NFA Soccer House for N$50 each and no tickets will be sold on match-day.