Mannetti's resignation can be a blow to the team: Katjijere

23 Jun 2015 07:40am
WINDHOEK, 23 JUN (NAMPA) – The resignation of Brave Warriors head coach, Ricardo Mannetti could have a negative effect on the team going forward.
Speaking to Nampa after Namibia's 2-1 African Nations Championship (Chan) win over Zambia at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Sunday, senior national team captain, Ronald Katjijere said it is understandable that coaches and players come and go.
“You know this might be a setback for the team because a new coach might come in and bring in new players as it is a coach's prerogative. If you are at the helm of the team, you decide whom to call and leave out.
“If certain players who might have performed well for the team under Mannetti are left out of the team, that could affect the team spirit and performance of other players, but we need to understand that is the nature of the game and sometimes there is nothing we can do about it,” he said.
Mannetti resigned as head coach with immediate effect on Thursday after the team returned from its African Nations (Afcon) Cup qualifier with Niger in Niamey.
Namibia’s Brave Warriors lost that game 0-1.
The captain added that he is currently happy with the spirit in the national team after representing the country at the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup which they won in South Africa last month.
“Since our trip to Ghana earlier this year where we played a friendly match against the host country, one could see that the team spirit is good as everyone is down to earth and willing to help each other and also because we don't have big stars in the team and are hoping to keep the spirit going for the best interest of the nation,” said Katjijere.
He stated that Mannetti's resignation came as a surprise to the team, especially since the coach spoke to the players after their defeat to Niger, telling them what he expects from them in future games.
Namibia will play its return Chan game against Zambia on 04 July in that country.
Its second match of the 2017 Afcon qualifiers will be played in September against Senegal in Windhoek.