Teamwork won us the game: Mannetti

10 Jun 2019 09:00am
WINDHOEK, 10 JUN (NAMPA) – National senior men’s football team coach, Ricardo Mannetti, said brilliant teamwork won them the game against Ghana on Sunday in the United Arab Emirates, where the team currently camping ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.

The Brave Warriors defeated the Black Stars of Ghana 1-0 in a warm up match in Dubai, as both teams prepare for the 32nd AFCON to be held in Egypt from 21 June to 19 July 2019.

Speaking to Nampa via WhatsApp on Sunday, Mannetti said credit should be given to his solid defence and teamwork.

“We played one of the best teams in African and they used two different teams on both halves of the game but we used our strength and speed to win us the game,” he said.

Mannetti added that as a team, they learned a lot from the game and will use that to their benefit when playing other teams.

“Ryan Nyambe, Danzel Haoseb and our goalkeeper, Lyodt Kazapua, who was selected man of the match on the day, had a solid performance in the defence. Nyambe’s role as a centre back with Haoseb is something we have worked hard on for the past three weeks and we intend to keep it like that for the competition in Egypt.” he said.

The coach added that Manfred Starke’s performance in the first half was brilliant and it brings a number of dynamic options to his squad.

“We all know that Starke can strike a ball and for him scoring such a goal against Ghana gives us the coaching staff good hope going forward,” stated Mannetti, crediting the teamwork between Starke and midfielder, Ronald Ketjijere.

Mannetti stated that the Namibian goal against Ghana came through team work and that is a positive side that the coaching staff is going to build on.