Fredericks, Karongee and Sakaria impress in national colours

10 Nov 2015 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 10 NOV (NAMPA) – Three new players who represented Namibia at the Four Nations tournament in Angola recently, received call-ups again for national duty against Guinea here on Thursday.
They are Dynamo Fredericks, Ferdinard Karongee and Jonas Sakaria.
These three impressed senior national coach Ricardo Mannetti in Angola and have thus been given another chance to prove themselves worthy of donning national colours. Namibia face Guinea in the second round 2018 World Cup qualifiers to be played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Fredericks, who plays as a right-back for Black Africa Football Club, came on as a substitute against Angola last Friday, but was placed on the right wing where he did exceptionally well for the 20 minutes he played.
In the game against Zambia, Mannetti put Fredericks in the starting line-up. Again he did not disappoint and made the right wing his own, outrunning his Zambian opponents and creating two goal-scoring opportunities for Heinrich Isaacks who unfortunately could not convert it.
Midfielder Sakaria also played in both matches and displayed physical strength and brilliant passing.
“Defender Karongee did not put a foot wrong throughout the two matches he played,” said Mannetti on the team’s arrival in Namibia on Sunday.
He told Nampa the trio showed they are prepared to be included in his future plans.
“We always have a problem when we call up players to represent their nation at international level. They find it very difficult to shine at that stage and are always outshined by their opponents.
“But I was really impressed by the work rate some of these players showed when called upon to play. Jonas was called up to the senior national team for the first time and he delivered just like a professional,” said Mannetti, a renowned midfielder himself in his heyday.
He was the first coach to call up Sakaria at Under-20 national level some years back.
Mannetti stated that his technical team will thus not have much of a problem with who should play when guys like Petrus Shitembi, Wangu Gome, Heinrich Isaacks, Willy Stephanus and/or Ronald Katjijere are not available.
The coach added that Karongee is a late bloomer but has the same work ethic as Sakaria.
“Ferdinard played both games in Angola and marked some top strikers and was just outstanding in terms of his positioning and overall awareness. He can fight for a place in the current first team, which is good.
“Mashaba (Ferdinard) showed me that he has learned a lot in the three months that I have been working with him at the national team,” he stated.
Fredericks was voted Man of the Match in the game against Zambia by his teammates.
“I played Dynamo on the right wing, a position he is not used to playing at club level, and he blew all of us away. He was confident and showed maturity in that position, playing as if he has been playing in that position for a long time.
“People should not be shocked if they see him playing in that position on a permanent basis at national level. With such display, I cannot exclude such players from my plans of building a stronger team for the future,” said Mannetti.
Namibia lost its opening game of the tournament 0-1 to Angola and then went on to beat Zambia 4-3 on penalties after a 0-0 draw for the third place play-off.
Host Angola were crowned champions of the Four Nations tournament after defeating the Democratic Republic of Congo 1-0 in the final.
The tournament formed part of Angola’s 40th independence celebrations, which is officially celebrated on 11 November.