"I am dissappointed": Mbidi

04 Apr 2016 17:50pm
By Kaipaherue Kandjii
GOBABIS, 04 APR (NAMPA) - Namibia Football Association (NFA) President Frans Mbidi is disappointed with the Brave Warriors’ lack of consistency after the senior national football team lost 1-3 to Burundi in the 2017 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Tuesday last week.
Namibia beat the same team 3-1 in Bujumbura a week earlier.
Speaking to Nampa on Friday, Mbidi said “everybody is disappointed” with the team’s lack of consistency in recent months.
“Nobody is happy at all. I am disappointed as well, but that is the irony of football – sometimes you win and sometimes you do not. But we must learn to accept things we cannot change.”
Shortly after winning the Confederation of Southern African Football Association (Cosafa) Cup in South Africa in May last year, expectations mounted on the Brave Warriors to maintain the winning trend. Namibia will defend the cup here in June this year.
“Every match is important to us and we must improve the team’s ranking. It needs constant improvement.
“We must be committed with the team and I will sit and discuss every match with the coach [Ricardo Mannetti] but whether or not we qualify for the Afcon in 2019, the coach must improve the team’s ranking.”
Mannetti is arguably the most successful Brave Warriors coach after he led the team to lift the Cosafa Cup, which ultimately improved the team’s ranking in the region and Africa.
Cosafa champions Namibia moved up nine places in the month of the competition from number 114 to 105 on the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) World rankings, and climbed six places on the African rankings to position 27.
As of 03 March 2016, FIFA ranked Namibia 133rd after moving up one place since February this year.
In a post-match interview after the defeat to Burundi on Tuesday, Mannetti was adamant that his clause with the NFA requires him to qualify for the 2019 Afcon, to be held in Cameroon.
For the 2017 Afcon, Namibia was grouped with Niger, Senegal and Burundi.
Namibia has since fell out for the 2017 Afcon, regardless of a win in any of its remaining qualification matches.
Namibia will play third-placed Niger on 04 June this year, and log-leaders Senegal, who already reached qualification with their 12 points, on 02 September.