UPDATE: Resigned Mannetti willing to remain in NFA structure

18 Jun 2015 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 18 JUN (NAMPA) – Senior national football team coach, Ricardo Mannetti, quit as head coach with immediate effect on Thursday.
Mannetti, the only coach to have won the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup for Namibia, called it a day after the team returned from its African Nations Cup qualifier match against Niger.
Namibia’s Brave Warriors lost that game 0-1 on Sunday. The team arrived home on Wednesday.
Speaking to the media on Thursday at Football House in Katutura, Namibia Football Association (NFA) Secretary-General, Barry Rukoro said the coach will still be part of the NFA structure.
“Yesterday after the team arrived in the country from Niger, Mannetti called to see me and I only managed to see him after work hours since I had other engagements during the day with visitors from the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA).
“He told me that he does not want to continue anymore as senior national football team coach and would like to return to his old position as in-house coach focussing on youth development,” said Rukoro.
He said not everyone would understand Mannetti’s decision but it should be respected.
“Every man is a captain of his own ship and everyone should understand the coach's decision, despite it being so difficult to swallow.
“The NFA is now a stronger institution than we were in the past. We will in due course appoint someone to take over from Mannetti,” he said.
Mannetti told Nampa on enquiry Thursday that he will comment at the appropriate time.
“I can tell you, yes I have resigned but nothing more. Concerning the reason why, I can only tell you later when the dust has settled, but I am still willing to be part of the NFA structure,” he said.
Brave Warriors’ assistant coach, Ronny Kanalelo will coach the team for their clash against Zambia in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) at Independence Stadium in Windhoek on Sunday.
Namibia won the 2015 Cosafa Cup in South Africa in May under the leadership of now former coach, Mannetti.