The National soccer team, the Brave Warriors will this weekend go into battle against Congo without some of their regular and experienced players, Coach Ricardo Manetti has revealed.
His sentiments come ahead of the Brave Warriors clash against Congo, Brazzaville this Saturday in the preliminary round first leg of the 2015 Confederation of African Football (Caf) African Cup of Nations qualifiers at Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Speaking at a press briefing Manetti confirmed that the Brave Warriors will be without some key players including Peka Hamukwaya, Manfred Stark, Deon Hotto, Pinehas Jacobs, Sydney Urikhob, Chris Katjiukua, Henrico Botes and Lyod Kazapua due to work commitments, lack of match fitness and injuries.
" Hamukwaya got a new job and they don't want to release him. Starke refuses to pick up his phone and I do not know why. Hotto, Jakob and Uri-khob are yet to settle in at their clubs. Katjiukua was ill for a month and only started training. Botes also just recovered from injuries after he was sidelined for a month," said Mannetti.
He also challenges his charges to make Namibia a hell for visiting teams.
" We have been walked over by visiting teams and we do not want that to continue anymore. We will make it a hell for Congo," said Mannetti.
Mannetti also announced the recruitment of former Barve Warriors teammate, Mohammed Ouseb as the second assistant coach behind Ronny Kanalelo who is the first assistant coach.
" The national team need to be taken seriously and I felt we needed need heads and I have brought in Ouseb who will be working with the senior and the junior national teams," said Mannetti.
The return leg will be played on the 1st of June in Brazzaville.
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