"The aim is to reach the final": Mannetti

27 May 2015 10:30am
By Hesron Kapanga
MOGWASE, 27 MAY (NAMPA) – Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti said Namibia and Madagascar have always found it hard to win against each other.
“With Madagascar, we are going to play and win with whatever tactics we use - good or bad. We are prepared to roll up our sleeves and play dirty if we have to because the aim is to reach the final.
“This will mean a lot to the players and the nation that has been following the team,” he told Nampa here on Tuesday.
Namibia will take on Madagascar on Thursday 14h30 Namibian time in the first semi-final of the 2015 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup underway in South Africa.
In previous matches played between Namibia and the island nation, Madagascar won twice, Namibia once and one draw.
Botswana and Mozambique will feature in the second semi-final match starting at 16h30.
The final is on Saturday.
“We have the momentum and I don’t want to break that momentum by underestimating other national teams. I have never disrespected Seychelles or Mauritius that is why we are here and I will definitely not disrespect Madagascar,” said the coach.
Namibia has been in the final of the tournament twice - in 1997 and 1999. In 1997 it lost to Zambia and in 1999 it lost to Angola.