Mannetti aims for AFCON finals

30 Mar 2017 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 30 MAR (NAMPA) – Namibia could qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals if the players commit to hard work, Brave Warriors Coach Ricardo Mannetti has said.
Mannetti made the assertion in a media statement on Thursday when he also announced a squad of 24 players who will start a training camp on Tuesday ahead of international matches in June and July.
The national team coach said he will assess four groups of players in April ahead of the international matches.
Namibia face Zambia, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau in Group K of the Afcon qualifiers.
Mannetti identified character and mentality as the main areas when he assesses players.
“I have invited these players based on my experiences with them and also those that have shown promise, and we need to see if they can make it.”
He is cognisant of the fitness levels of local players, considering that there has not been league football for close to a year.
Mannetti will announce another squad early May to prepare for the Afcon qualifier against Guinea-Bissau in June before the team heads to South Africa for the Confederation of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup from 25 June.
He said playing Guinea-Bissau will not be easy, as the west-Africans played in the recent Afcon finals and the fact that they have active players.
The coach said they take the Cosafa Cup seriously as well, adding that scouting will continue when the elite league kicks off on 12 May.
Namibian players plying their trade locally will face Zimbabwe for the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers in July.
Mannetti added that with proper preparation he believes his side can defeat Zimbabwe and progress to the third and final group of qualifications for CHAN Kenya 2018.
The squad:
Lodyt Kazapua (African Stars); David Peterson (Tigers); Charles Uirab (Orlando Pirates); Edward Maova (Civics); Romario Ndjavera and Ferdinand Karongee (both Tigers); Tiberius Lombard and Charles Hambira (both Tura Magic); Larry Horaeb (Black Africa); Da Costa Angula (Unattached); Riaan !Hanamub (Orlando Pirates); Edmund Kambanda (UNAM); Ronald Ketjijere and Katiti Hakuria (both African Stars); Benyamin Nenkavu (Tigers); Johannes Shiwedha (NamPol); Oswaldo Xamseb (Tura Magic); Dynamo Fredericks (Black Africa); Pandeni Kandjabanga (Golden Bigs); Donald Geiseb (Civics); Itamunua Keimuine (Tura Magic); Mapenzi Muwanei (Tigers); Fransico Almeidha and Joseph Mbudhi (both United Stars).