I will pull out a magic trick: Mannetti

30 Aug 2016 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 30 AUG (NAMPA) – The national football team coach is confident of pulling off a surprise result when the Brave Warriors face Senegal in Dakar Saturday for their final Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group K match.
“We are in a tough situation, but we will not let this affect us. I will try and perform a magic trick for this game. There is nothing else that one can do in such situations,” said Ricardo Mannetti here on Tuesday.
Namibia is already out of contention but has to complete all scheduled matches.
Mannetti faces mounting challenges in preparation for the game in Senegal. Apart from financial woes, two influential players had to withdraw because of injuries - captain Ronald ‘Stigga’ Ketjijere and striker Peter Shalulile.
The team's planned camp at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria to improve their fitness levels failed to materialise after the Namibia Football Association (NFA) revealed that it has no money to fund the activity.
The NFA also failed to secure funds to bring in South African-based players to camp.
Only 11 players have been attending training sessions from their homes.
Players’ Manager Jakes Amaning praised the local-based players for their commitment.
“Some of these boys have not been paid their Confederation of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup allowances, but they have not missed a single training session. We do not know how we will pay them their outstanding amounts yet but the NFA is working hard to do that,” he said.
Amaning revealed that they have been in touch with the South African-based players and have explained the situation to them.
“We will link up with them on Thursday in Johannesburg en-route to Dakar, where we will arrive a day before the match. We will only have one full session as a team and hope all works well,” concluded Amaning.
The team is currently training at the NFA Technical Centre with only Wangu Gome, being the only South African-based player to have joined the team, following his arrival in the country to sort out personal issues.
(NAMPA)
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