24 Jun 2013 11:00
WINDHOEK, 24 JUN (NAMPA) ? New Brave Warriors? coach Ricardo Mannetti has chosen former teammate and colleague Ronnie Kanalelo as his assistant coach.
Mannetti?s decision came amid preparations for the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup in Zambia in two weeks? time.
The NFA executive committee appointed Mannetti on 19 June 2013 as head coach, following the sudden resignation of head coach Roger Palmgren earlier this month.
A media statement released by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) here on Monday said Mannetti, 39, on Monday announced Kanalelo as his right-hand man.
Kanalelo, a former Namibian national team goalkeeper, is not new to work with Mannetti as they both worked as part of Palmgren?s technical team, and Kanalelo assisted Mannetti when he led the national team as caretaker coach after Palmgren?s sudden resignation.
The duo was in charge of the Warriors when they played to an impressive one-all draw against African champions Nigeria at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on 12 June in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier match.
?I was given the liberty to choose my own assistant coach, and after careful consideration of all the colleagues within coaching I have decided on Ronnie, and I trust that together we can take this team forward,? Mannetti was quoted as saying in the statement.
Kanalelo and Mannetti played together for the famous Brave Warriors Class of 1998, which was the first group of national team players to qualify for the CAF Nations Cup in 1998.
Mannetti reckons Kanalelo?s experience will come in handy.
?Ronnie has been around for a long time as a player and later as part of the (national team) technical team, and is also very qualified as coach and as an assistant (coach) at PSL club (Maritzburg United),? added Mannetti.
He noted that he has worked with Kanelelo for about five years as coaches, and that Kanelelo ?has the edge?.
?Ronnie has the quality, he is available, and our working relationship is good. He understands football well and I expect him to join the team this week from Maritzburg,? said Mannetti.
Mannetti emphasised that his technical team will be open for advice, and called for support rather than ?foul-cries?.
?We are coaches and we need support. This is for all Namibians and we can listen to advice but ultimately, I?m given this job and my judgment will be crucial,? explained Mannetti.
Tim Isaacks is still team manager, while Gerson Kandjii remains team doctor.
Mannetti indicated that himself and Kanalelo will soon decide on a new goalkeeper coach, a position Kanalelo held under Palmgren.
Meanwhile, a training camp in view of the COSAFA Cup commenced here on Monday morning at the Ramblers football stadium, with the morning sessions at 09h30 and the afternoon sessions at 15h00.
Twenty-five players were called up for that training camp, but only 20 players will be selected to play in Zambia.