Mannetti sticks to tried and tested players

04 Mar 2019 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 04 MAR (NAMPA) – Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti has called up players he knows will deliver the goods when they face Zambia in their last hurdle of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.
The senior national football team, who need just one point to qualify for the 2019 Afcon to be held in Egypt in June, will face Chipolopolo of Zambia in Lusaka on 23 March.
Addressing the media on Monday during his 28-man training squad announcement, Mannetti said it will not make sense for his team to travel to Zambia and just fight for one point.
“We need players with the right mind-set and therefore we selected the tried and tested players. Our goal is to qualify for the finals in Egypt so we cannot afford to go and experiment in Zambia and just go for a point. As you know, a lot can happen in football,” he said.
Local-based players will start training on Tuesday at the Namibia Football Association's Technical Centre before the camp moves to the Pretoria High Performance Centre later on, with the foreign-based players joining at that point.
The 28-man training squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Virgil Vries, Maximillian Mbaeva, Loydt Kazapua and Edward Maova.
Defenders: Tiberius Lombard, Ananias Gebhardt, Emilio Martin, Edmund Kambanda, Vitapi Ngaruka, Charles Hambira, Treasure Kauapirura, Riaan Hanamub, Denzil Haoseb and Ivan Kamberipa.
Midfielders: Petrus Shitembi, Willy Stephanus, Immanuel Heita, Dynamo Fredericks, Deon Hotto, Absalom Iimbondi, Marcel Papama and Ronald Ketjijere.
Forwards: Peter Shalulile, Benson Shilongo, Muna Katupose, Sadney Urikhob, Joslin Kamatuka and Itamunua Keimuine.