Mannetti happy with players discipline despite loss

14 Jun 2015 20:10pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JUN (NAMPA) – Namibia lost its opening game of the 2017 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier 1-0 in Niamey, Niger on Sunday.
Namibia is now third in Group K.
Senegal is leading the group on goal difference after beating Burundi 3-1 also on Sunday.
Senegal and Niger are level on three points each, while Burundi and Namibia are both without a point.
Despite the loss, Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti is happy with his players’ discipline and tactical approach to the game.
Speaking to Nampa via Niamey on Sunday, Mannetti said he was pleased with the players performance and hopeful they will do better in the return leg.
“We lost the game with a single penalty that was scored in the first half and the referee was not really the best today, but we don’t have to complain.
“Our next move is to dust off and start thinking of how to start collecting points from our remaining group games,” he said.
Niger’s goal was scored in the 39th minute by midfielder Souleymane Sacko who plies his club football for AS Mangasport in Gabon.
The team will return to Namibia on Tuesday to start preparing for their African Nations Championship (CHAN) game against Zambia at home on 21 June before facing Senegal in July in the Afcon qualifiers.