22 Jan 2018 20:40pm
By Hesron Kapanga
CASABLANCA, 22 JAN (NAMPA) - Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti has made five changes to his team to face Zambia in their last group game at the African Nations Championship (Chan) at the Mohammed V Stadium Tuesday night.
He brought in defenders Emilio Martin and Teberius Lombard, who will be making their first appearance for the team in the competition.
Benjamin Nankavu, who came in as a substitute in Namibia's opening match, will be making his first appearance in the starting 11.
Meanwhile, midfielder Itamunua Keimuine and striker Panduleni Nekundi will also be starting instead of coming from the bench.
In the defence, Mannetti replaced Ferdinand Karongee, Charles Hambira and Riaan !Hanamub, while midfielder Petrus Shitembi and striker Hendrick Somaeb will start the match on the bench.
The replaced players were in the starting 11 for the Brave Warriors last two games, which they won 1-0 against Ivory Coast and Uganda, respectively.
The starting 11 will see Loydt Kazapua in goal and Vitapi Ngaruka, Martin, Lombard and Nenkavu in the defence.
The midfield will be made up of captain Ronald Ketjijere, Dynamo Fredericks, Absalom Iimbondi and Keimuine, while Theophilus Junias and Nekundi will be up front.
Mannetti said at a media conference in Casablanca on Sunday he wants to avoid the host team Morocco, meaning they have to win their match to face Sudan in the quarter-finals.
Morocco are a free scoring team with very good players and they have the whole country behind them, so avoiding them now will be a good thing. We can meet Morocco later in the competition but for now, we want to win so we can go back to our base in Marrakech, he said.
Mannetti's bench comprises goalkeepers Edward Maova and Charles Uirab; defenders Hambira, Edmund Kambanda, !Hanamub and Karongee; strikers Roger Katjiteo and Somaeb; as well as midfielders Kleopas Useb, Oswaldo Xamseb, Shitembi and Himeezembi Hengombe.
The Brave Warriors' next game in the competition will be on Saturday in Casablanca or Marrakech.
If they win Mondays match, they will play Group A runner-up Sudan in Marrakech but if they lose, they will play Group A winner Morocco in Casablanca.