Rukoro disappointed over Mannetti's resignation
19 Jun 2015 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JUN (NAMPA) - Namibia Football Association (NFA) Secretary-General Barry Rukoro says he was disappointed to hear that the coach of the senior national football team, Ricardo Mannetti has quit with immediate effect.
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.
Namibias 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, Rukoro said if it was within his power, he would have reinstated Mannetti as head coach of the team.
Personally I am disappointed in Ricardo for resigning because I initiated his appointment as head coach of the senior team after Roger Palmgreen left because I saw the potential and desire to give to his nation in him.
Ricardo has still a lot to offer to Namibian football at a higher level but he made his decision. When I first heard it I could not believe it but I had time to take it in as it was a big shock for me too, said Rukoro.
He added that not everyone would understand Mannettis decision, but it should be respected.
Every man is the 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 it was in the past. We will in due course appoint someone to take over from Mannetti, he said.
Despite his stepping down from the senior coaching position Mannetti will still be part of the NFA structures as an in-house coach focusing on youth development.
Assistant coach Ronny Kanalelo has in the meantime been appointed as interim coach.