Preparations progressing well: Mannetti

06 Jun 2019 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 06 JUN (NAMPA) – The Brave Warriors’ preparations for the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt are progressing well in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where the team is camped for a three-week training programme.
The team’s head coach, Ricardo Mannetti, told Nampa in a telephonic interview on Thursday from their training base that he is positive the team will achieve their goals in terms of preparations.
“We chose Dubai as our training base because Egypt will be hot, not as hot as Dubai but similar conditions. It is 40 degrees most of the time, humidity is heavy. It is quite an adjustment for the players, but we are fine,” he said.
The coach said all the players are in camp, with a few having suffered minor injuries.
These include Ananias Gebhardt, who had a slight hamstring injury in the past week. Ryan Nyambe, who also complained of a similar injury, but is now back at training.
“Manfred Starke arrived in Dubai and is fresh and without any injury. Willy Stephanus had a quad muscle and small ankle injury, but should recover in the next day or two. We are not where I want us to be yet, but we will use the time here to work on our fitness, conditioning and tactics,” he said.
With regards to friendly matches, Mannetti said Namibia will play Ghana in a closed door friendly while they await the confirmation of a second match.
Meanwhile, captain Ronald Katjijere said the spirit in camp is high as the players are bonding well.
“The training has been intense, the heat is a bit too much, but our bodies are adjusting. It is a bit tough but we are getting there. The new guys are also adjusting well,” he said. adding that everybody is working hard and fighting for a place in the team, which is good for the team.
The Brave Warriors are preparing for their Afcon matches against South Africa, Morocco and Ivory Coast.
The tournament takes place from 21 June until 19 July 2019.