Mannetti happy with draw

18 Nov 2018 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 18 NOV (NAMPA) – The Brave Warriors made things difficult for themselves, head coach Ricardo Mannetti said following their 0-0 draw with Guinea-Bissau at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek Saturday.
He was speaking to the media after the conclusion of the qualifier match between the two teams for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
“Today was a perfect day for a lot of goals. They had opportunities, we had plenty. We can sit here and talk about what if we did this or what if we did that, but we must take responsibility for the result,” Mannetti said.
He added that his team wanted a win, but did not get it.
“We got a point and we will take that point like men and we will look at the last game to make sure that we qualify. We have made things difficult for ourselves,” he stated.
The coached said he was angry about the missed chances, but smiling because he knows the team still stands a chance to qualify for Cameroon 2019.
He said his team made too many wrong choices in front of goal, but refused to lay the blame on the nerves of his team.
“There were moments where they were supposed to shoot, but they opted for pass. Where they were supposed to pass, they shot. They were too hasty,” Mannetti added.
He further said the match against Zambia in Lusaka will be even more difficult, because the opponents may also be fighting for qualification.
He refused to be engaged on the mathematical chances of his team, saying he is looking forward to the final game.
“Today we must give credit to the boys. Last month the team won after playing ugly football, but today they played beautiful football but failed to score. Football is a master teacher,” he said.
Mannetti said overall he was happy with the outcome, adding that it could have been worse after dominating the whole game but falling for a sucker punch.
His opposite number Baciro Candé paid tribute to Namibia, saying it was a tough match for his team.
“This is a positive result for us. Namibia is a good team, they showed it in the game by playing good football. We came here and played very well,” he said.
He also predicted that Namibia and his side will qualify for the next Afcon, adding that his team will play for a win in their last match against Mozambique.