Let's take the team forward: Mannetti

03 Aug 2015 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 03 AUG (NAMPA) – Brave Warriors’ coach, Ricardo Mannetti said he was happy to pen a new contract with the Namibian Football Association (NFA) as head coach, and thanked the association’s leadership for believing in him.
“I am very excited; it feels like the first time when I signed my first contract as head coach of the Brave Warriors two years ago.
“I believe in working on a project for a long term and that is why I decided to take up this contract so we can take the team forward just like we did in the past,” said Mannetti during a media briefing here on Monday.
The new four-year contract came into effect on 01 August 2015 and ends on 31 July 2019.
This follows his abrupt resignation as head coach in June this year, shortly after the Brave Warriors returned from Niger where they lost 0-1 in their first game of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.
Mannetti helped the Brave Warriors win their first-ever football silverware in the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup, which was hosted in South Africa in May this year.
“We are happy that we reached an agreement with our head coach and we are now going to continue where we stopped with the Cosafa Cup,” said NFA president, Frans Mbidi during the announcement.
Mannetti is expected to, amongst others, qualify the team for the 2019 Afcon.
“We are expecting Mannetti to improve our Confederation of African Football (CAF) and International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) rankings, plus when we play in the Cosafa Cup next year, the team should at least reach the semi-finals,” he said.
Namibia is currently ranked 144th in the world and 33rd in African football rankings.