07 Nov 2018 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 07 NOV (NAMPA) Namibians should not be distracted by the current happenings in football and should instead keep their eyes on the ball, Brave Warriors head coach Ricardo Mannetti said on Wednesday.
He was speaking during the announcement of the 26 man-squad that was called up to start preparing for the make or break tie against Guinea Bissau next Saturday.
Mannetti said the corporate world is still supporting football and Namibians should follow suit by keeping their eyes on the ball instead of focusing on football politics.
Football is played with a football and people should focus on that and just support the Brave Warriors ahead of their clash in a weeks time, he said.
The Namibia Football Association executive committee dismissed its president, Frans Mbidi last week but its decision was found to be non-procedural and invalid by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) on Sunday.
On Monday, the Namibia Sports Commission released a letter, calling on the troubled federation to reinstate its president.
Responding to questions from the media on Wednesday, Mannetti said football politics will never end, but what is important is for Namibians to focus on what is happening on football fields and not in offices.
I am happy to tell you that the players are the ones calling me and asking when we are training, thats why I am calling on the nation to rally behind them and just #Keepyoureyesontheball. If we are to get results from this crucial match we need to rally behind the team, said the coach.
Mannetti went on to say despite fights in the NFA, the national team qualified for the 2018 African Nations Championship because of support from the football association, sponsors and supporters.
Everyone must therefore once again focus on the football and the players will feel supported, he stated.
The Brave Warriors are aiming to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to take place in Cameroon. They are currently second in Group K, but level on seven points with top of the log Guinea-Bissau.