We need to value the President’s cup: Mannetti

20 Nov 2018 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 20 NOV (NAMPA) – The Dr Hage Geingob Football Cup is not just a normal friendly match and should be treated with all the respect it deserves, national senior football team coach Ricardo Mannetti has said.
The Brave Warriors coach said this during the announcement of his squad that will play Ghana on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Mannetti noted he does not expect Ghana to be an easy opponent and he will not use this match as an experiment to field a weak team for his opponents.
“This is our President’s cup and we need to treat it as such, because it’s a special cup for us as Namibians. We will put up a strong team so that we can give the value to the cup that it deserves.”
The coach added that despite not having foreign-based players in the squad, Namibia will fight to return the cup they won against Zimbabwe a year ago.
Namibia won the cup during its fourth edition in 2017, after beating Zimbabwe 3-1.
In its previous three editions, the cup was contested for by football clubs from Namibia, South Africa and Angola and Mamelodi Sundowns from South Africa won it on all those occasions.
The cup changed its format to national team football in 2017, when the host country took the trophy.
The squad selected to face Ghana:
Ratanda Mbazuvare and Ronald Ketjijere (African Stars); Loydt Kazapua (Maccabi FC, SA); Abel Paulus Amenenge (Life Fighters); Larry Horaeb and Charles Hambira (Tura Magic); Vitapi Punyu Ngaruka, Emilio Martin, Donovan Kanjaa, Dynamo Fredericks and Lucky Heita (Black Africa); Kennedy Eib and Elmo Kambindu (Mighty Gunners); Gregory Aukumeb (Blue Waters); Aprocius Petrus (Eleven Arrows); Willy Stephanus (AC Kanjaani, Finland); Benyamen Nenkavu (Buildcon FC, Zambia); Marcel Papama (UNAM FC); Absalom Iimbondi and Muna Katupose (Tigers); Sadney Urikob and Petrus Shitembi (both unattached)