'We are mentally prepared': Mannetti

08 Jun 2015 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 08 JUN (NAMPA) - Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti says players are ready to face Niger when they play the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier in Niamey this weekend.
The match is scheduled for 14 June at the country’s national stadium in Niger’s capital and not 13 June as announced earlier, as the latter day is inconvenient for the host nation.
The team of 20 players plus the extra nine accompanying the team, left Namibia on Saturday and will train at a high performance centre in Pretoria, South Africa until Wednesday before heading for Niger on Thursday.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, Mannetti said the team is currently in full training mode. They had two training sessions on Sunday.
“We are mentally prepared for our game against Niger. It will not be an easy one since it’s an away game but the boys are better focused because we are camping in Pretoria and far away from home.
“Afcon is at a high level and we need to prepare and play at that level,” said the coach.
He added that all players are currently in camp and there have not been any injuries. The team’s spirit in the camp is also positive ahead of their trip to Niger.
Namibia will also play Zambia in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) at home on 21 June, before facing Senegal in July in the Afcon qualifiers.
The squad in Pretoria is as follows:
Virgil Vries; Ananias Gebhardt; Willem Mwedihanga; Chris Katjiukua; Ronald Ketjijere; Deon Kavendji; Wangu Gomes, Petrus Shitembi and Denzil Haoseb; Peter Shalulile and Benson Shilongo; Maximillian Mbaeva; Gregory Aukumeb; Denis Tjetjinda; Neville Tjiueza; Willy Stephanus; Joslin Kamatika; Heinrich Isaack; Itamanua Keimune; and Sadney Urikob.
The extra players are:
Loydt Kazapua; Charles Uirab; Benyamen Nenkavu; Ferdinand Karongee; Brian Gurirab; Absalom Iimbodi; Charles Hambira; Tiberius Lombaardt and Dynamo Fredricks.