Mannetti calls for discipline amongst national team players

19 Jun 2013 12:50
WINDHOEK, 19 JUN (NAMPA) - Discipline amongst players is one of the top priorities of the Brave Warriors? new head coach, Ricardo Mannetti.
The Namibia Football Association (NFA) announced the appointment of Mannetti as the new head coach of the senior national team here on Wednesday following the resignation of the former head coach, Roger Palmgren.
Palmgren resigned with immediate effect about two weeks ago, citing alleged death threats.
Accepting his new role at the NFA Soccer House in the capital on Wednesday, Mannetti pointed out respect for the national colours by players, respect for fellow players, and respect towards the technical team as being vital in forming a strong and united national team.
?I will fail in my duty as head coach if players do not have respect in various aspects of team building,? he said.
The 39-year-old former Brave Warriors player also added that a national team is not a club team which 'can do players favours',
stressing that players who cannot deliver can be dropped at any time to make way for productive new players.
Mannetti went on to say he is fully aware of his responsibilities.
?It is not easy to have a top job and make decisions, especially nowadays when football is getting tough. I am not a miracle man but I will deliver to the best of my abilities and do the nation proud,? he said.
Mannetti stated that he learned a lot while working with previous coaches of the national team, and he will incorporate what he got from them into what he knows and do his best.
?It is time for us, including Government, to produce good results for the country. It is time to shine as a nation and I am ready to shine along with the nation,? he noted.
With regards to who he will select as his assistant, the head coach said he has a list of people in mind, but could not yet disclose this information as it is ?a sensitive time? which comes with major changes within football. He however urged members of the public to be patient until he announces his team at a date yet to be decided on.
During his tenure as caretaker coach of the national team, Mannetti was assisted by Ronnie Kanalelo, with Tim Isaacks as the team manager.