19 Jun 2013 11:50
WINDHOEK, 19 JUN (NAMPA) - A week after he led his charges to a one-all draw against African powerhouse Nigeria, Ricardo Mannetti has been appointed as the head coach of the senior football national team, effective 01 July 2013.
Announcing the new development during a media briefing here on Wednesday, Namibia Football Association (NFA) Secretary-General (SG) Barry Rukoro said Mannetti will serve on a two-year contract, subject to renewal depending on performance.
Although Namibia?s dream of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup came to an end, the players gave a good account of themselves under the watchful eye of Mannetti, who was in an interim coach position at the time.
Mannetti took charge of the Brave Warriors following the sudden resignation of head coach Roger Palmgren on the eve of the Nigeria clash.
According to Rukoro, the NFA executive committee decided to appoint Mannetti, following the resignation of Palmgren who was in charge of the national side for less than a month.
?From now on Mannetti is no longer acting nor care taking the national team, but he will be the head coach,? said Rukoro.
The SG further said ever since Mannetti joined the technical team of the national team, the NFA has been grooming him, hoping that one day he will be made head coach, and now the right time for him to serve the national team has finally arrived.
?We have no doubt in him, and we strongly believe that he can lead the team well and do the nation proud. It is up to him to prove to us that he is capable and has the potential of swimming in the pool of football,? he added.
The local football governing body also decided that unlike in the past, the new head coach will be given full mandate to select his own assistants, who will then be recommended by the NFA executive committee.
?Mannetti is fully aware of his mission when he takes up this job, and we are encouraging him to go out there and do wonders for the country,? said Rukoro.
He also hailed Mannetti for a job well done during the Warriors' encounter with Nigeria, adding that with such a performance, the national team will go a long way.
The 39-year-old Mannetti played international football under the national team from 1991 to 2004. In 2005 he joined South Africa's Santos Football Club (FC). From 2007 to 2008 he coached Civics Football Club in the Namibia Premier League (NPL) and from there, moved on to coaching Black Africa FC in 2009 in the same league.
He has been the assistant coach of the senior national team for the past three years, as well as head coach of the national Under-20 team during for the past three years.