Brave Warriors arrive in Tunis

29 Dec 2017 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 29 DEC (NAMPA) – The Brave Warriors arrived in Tunis, Tunisia Thursday night following an 18-hour trip from Windhoek via Doha in Qatar.
The team is in Tunisia for a two-week training camp prior to participating in their first ever Africa Nations Championship (Chan) in Morocco from 11 January to 04 February 2018.
Speaking to Nampa from Tunis via WhatsApp, coach Ricardo Mannetti said they held their first training session on arrival so as to loosen their stiff muscles and make sure that the players shake off the jet lag.
“We spent a lot of time at the airport and in the plane, so the session helped the boys feel better today (Friday). We are going to continue with the training so as to assess the boys,” Mannetti said.
He added that the technical team still needs to drop four players to make up the final 23 for the squad that will participate in the tournament.
The Brave Warriors gaffer noted that the competitive nature in the team is making it difficult for him to pick his final 23-man squad as most players are fighting to be a part of the team.
“The players are responding accordingly as no one wants to be dropped. We will play our first game this coming Saturday so as to try out different combinations and try out new systems, as well as give other players a chance to impress,” he said.
Mannetti said this game will be behind closed doors.
The coach said Tunisia is currently experiencing winter conditions and it rained on their arrival.
He added that they expect similar conditions in Morocco.
Namibia will face Ivory Coast on 14 January, Uganda on 18 January in Marrakech and battle with Zambia in Casablanca in their final group game on 22 January.
The top two teams will advance to the quarterfinals.