NFA president remains mum on Mannetti's resignation

22 Jun 2015 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JUN (NAMPA) – Namibia Football Association (NFA) President, Frans Mbidi has refused to comment on or disclose the reason why the national senior football team’s Ricardo Mannetti, quit his position as head coach.
Mannetti quit as head coach of the Brave Warriors with immediate effect last week Thursday after the team returned from its Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier match against Niger, which Namibia’s Brave Warriors lost 0-1.
In a statement availed to the media on Sunday by the NFA, the sport body stated a misunderstanding last week had led to Mannetti’s resignation on Thursday.
“Following an executive committee meeting (EXCO) held over the weekend in Windhoek, the Namibia Football Association (NFA) is in the process of engaging with Brave Warriors’ head coach, Ricardo Mannetti, who resigned last week, in order for him to resume his duties.
“A statement by the EXCO after the meeting indicates that Mannetti will be allowed a reasonable period of time to absorb the tensions caused by the misunderstanding, but we are positive that he would resume the duties well before the next African Cup of Nations 2017 qualifying match,” read the statement.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, Mbidi refused to reveal what misunderstanding had led to the head coach quitting his position, adding he would not like to aggravate the issue until he has spoken to Mannetti.
“Its is a very sensitive issue and I would not like to comment at this stage until I have personally sat with Mannetti. The coach did not come back to us as an executive to discuss what lead to his resignation, so we first have to sit and then talk to the media after that,” said Mbidi.
He added that the NFA is willing to negotiate Mannetti’s return as head coach of the senior national football team.
“When it comes to Mannetti's contract, we never sat down with him to negotiate, we just drafted what was thought was right. But I am now planning on setting up a meeting with him, as we still regard him as our head coach.
“It will now all depend on him as an individual, if he still wants to coach the national team or not; that will be his own decision,” Mbidi stated.
Mbidi said Mannetti's resignation is not about money as people were quoted in different local media reports. The president also rubbished a report from one of Namibia's daily newspapers that wrote the coach has been offered a contract at a local football club in South Africa.
Mannetti, the only coach to have won the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup for Namibia, quit the senior position on the national football team saying he wanted to focus on youth development.
Attempts to obtain comment from Mennetti on Monday regarding meetings with the NFA to negotiate his return and a discussion on the misunderstanding proved futile.