CORRECTION:‘We must not underestimate Comoros’: Mannetti

25 Jul 2017 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JUL (NAMPA) – Namibia must not underestimate Comoros because of the little information available about them, Brave Warriors head coach Ricardo Mannetti said on Tuesday.
Speaking to Nampa following Namibia’s penalty shootout victory over Zimbabwe that propelled them to the third round qualification of the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan), Mannetti said the team, which the Brave Warriors face in August, must be treated with caution.
“The fact that they made it this far proves that they are a formidable opposition,” Mannetti said.
He added that in the last few years, they have proven to be a difficult opponent as they hardly lost at home, while losing by small margins away.
In 2017 alone, the island nation of about 800 000 inhabitants has played six games, winning two, drawing two and losing two.
Their biggest score line defeat in these six games was a 0-2 loss to Togo away from home, while their biggest win was a 2-0 victory over Lesotho two weeks ago.
With the above statistics, Mannetti said it will be a big mistake if Namibia does not take the Comoros seriously as they may surprise everyone by knocking Namibia out of the qualification race at the last hurdle.
“We will prepare for them thoroughly, I do not want surprises,” he added.
The Brave Warriors will regroup on Wednesday as they continue with preparations for the Chan qualification, albeit without Civics and Tura Magic players who will be with their clubs for the Debmarine Cup scheduled for this weekend in Gobabis.
Loydt Kazapua is injured.
Namibia on Sunday beat Zimbabwe 5-4 in a penalty shootout following a one-all draw. Namibia also won 1-0 in the first leg.
Comoros beat Lesotho 2-1 over two legs, winning their home match 2-0 and losing away 0-1.
The two teams will meet in Comoros for the first leg on the weekend of 11 August, while the return leg is scheduled for Windhoek on the weekend of 18 August.
The fifth edition of Chan will run from 11 January to 02 February 2018 in Kenya.