Mannetti happy with team’s performance and spirit

26 Mar 2015 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 26 MAR (NAMPA) – National Senior Football team coach Ricardo Mannetti is happy with the team’s performance in an international friendly against Ghana on Wednesday.
The game was played at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana where Namibia lost 0-1.
Speaking to Nampa from Ghana on Thursday morning, the coach said he was happy with the way players stood up against the Black Stars of Ghana.
“I am not a coach who is easily impressed by what players do on the field but this time around, I have to give the boys 10 out of 10 because they really played a very good football game. We dominated the first-half and the beginning of the second-half,” said Mannetti.
He added that the team’s spirit on and off the field should be commended, despite them not winning.
“I have never seen such a positive team spirit in all my years with the national team. As a nation, we always struggle to win away from home but we need to break that barrier of not winning away from home by playing more international games, as we are now preparing to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) cup.
“In yesterday’s game, we showed that we can do better, based on the boys’ performance, as Ghana only scored in the last minute of the game with a deflection from a defender. We also got the Ghanaian supporters cheering for our team with the style of football that the boys put on display and this kind of performance should not be left in isolation if we want to do better in the future,” noted the coach.
Mannetti said the team needs more friendly games to maintain the momentum before they travel to South Africa in May this year to partake in the COSAFA cup.
The team is expected to arrive in Namibia on Saturday.