14 Aug 2017 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 14 AUG (NAMPA) Brave Warriors Coach Ricardo Mannetti is happy with the 2-1 defeat his team suffered against the Comoros on Sunday.
The teams played the first leg of the third round qualifier for the 2018 African Nations Championships (Chan) on that island.
Mannetti told Nampa on Monday that as much as he feels his team deserved at least a two-all draw because of the way they played, he would rather have the defeat than a nil-all or one-all draw.
They started off better than us, they put us in an uncomfortable position from the word go; they played with a lot of emotion and the crowd was behind them, he elaborated.
Mannetti said Namibia played better than Comoros in the second half, which gave them the precious away goal.
He called on the nation not to press the panic buttons yet as the Brave Warriors are on track to progress.
The score line from Comoros does not look good on paper, but a nil-all draw would still require us to score that one goal.
He said for the home match, Namibia needs to start off better and put the visitors under pressure.
The coach then called on Namibians to create an intimidating atmosphere for the Comoros on Sunday by coming out in large numbers to cheer on the national team.
Their stadium is a 3 000-seater and it was full to capacity. It was intimidating and it carried their team; I would like to have a similar atmosphere at Sam Nujoma Stadium this Sunday, he hoped.
Mannetti said he noticed that the Comoros are likely to approach the game in Windhoek the same way they did on their home ground.
Even when we put them under pressure in the second half, they did not change their formation and shape, so I have a feeling they will try and be very conservative to protect their one goal lead, he said.
The second leg of the Chan qualifier will take place on Sunday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.