More matches needed for Brave Warriors: Mannetti

16 Sep 2017 16:00pm
By Maqonda Ndlovu
BULAWAYO, 16 SEPT (NAMPA) - Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti has expressed the need for his team to get more matches to improve their Federation of International Football Association (Fifa) world rankings.
Speaking to Nampa via WhatsApp on Thursday, Mannetti said Fifa rankings work on the number of matches played by the Brave Warriors.
“We need to remain active for us to improve in our rankings. It is straight forward, we need to play as many matches as we can, then our rankings will improve,” he said, after the Warriors moved up four places to 132 on the latest rankings released on Thursday.
Mannetti added that if Namibia does not play friendly matches or any qualifiers, then its rankings will not improve, as evidenced by how active the team was between June and August this year, culminating in inconsistent rankings over this period.
In June, Namibia was ranked 94 in the world before dropping 62 places to rank 156 in July. The Warriors then moved up 20 places to rank 136 in August, preceding their latest ranking of 132 in September.
The big dip in July’s rankings is attributed to the Warriors participating in the Council of Southern African Football Associations tournament, where they lost 1-0 in the Plate Final to South Africa while the improved rankings are subsequent to their win over Zimbabwe in a two legged African Nations Championship (Chan) second round qualifier.
Namibia won 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw aggregate over the two legs.
They then played the Comoros Islands in the same competition, whom they beat 2-0 at home and lost 2-1 away.
Next rankings are due in early October.
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