Namibia to face Lesotho at 2017 Cosafa

17 May 2017 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 17 MAY (NAMPA) – The Namibia Senior National Football team, Brave Warriors, will face Lesotho in the quarter-finals of the 2017 Confederation of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup scheduled for 09 June to 25 to July in South Africa.
In a media release on Tuesday, Cosafa said Namibia was one of the seeded teams following their plate win last year.
The draw was conducted the same day in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Reacting via a media release from the Namibia Football Association on Tuesday, Brave Warriors Coach Ricardo Mannetti said he was aware of what they were to face.
“They play positive football with a lot of energy. We will have to control those qualities, which I think we are capable of.”
He said the aim of the team is to lift the trophy.
“We will take it one match at a time because that is what it’s really about. You can’t play the next game before the one you have to play.”
Mannetti was cautious though, saying the team’s preparations will determine how they do in the tournament.
Namibia has played Lesotho nine times, winning three, and losing three while the other three games ended in draws.
This is the 20th edition of the Cosafa tournament that is held with the aim of unearthing ‘Footballers of the Future’.
It will see 13 of the 14 Cosafa nations present and test their talent in South Africa.
Comoros Islands withdrew their participation and will be replaced by Tanzania, who return for a third shot at glory after competing in 1997 and 2015.
The format of the competition will remain the same as in previous years, with the eight lowest ranked sides according to past Cosafa performance taking part in the first round.
They are split into two pools, each containing four sides, with the top team in each group advancing to the quarterfinals after the round-robin stage.
There they will join the six other sides on the field as the tournament continues in a knockout format.
The losers in the quarterfinals drop into the plate competition.