It’s going to be a derby against South Africa-Mannetti

25 Jun 2019 10:10am
WINDHOEK, 24 JUN (NAMPA) – Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti said it is going to be a derby and war when his side faces South Africa in their second group match at the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) currently underway in Egypt.
Namibia, who are in Group D alongside Morocco, South Africa and Ivory Coast, lost their opening match of the championships 0-1 on Sunday against Morocco in Cairo.
The national senior football team will play their second group game against South Africa on Friday night who also lost their opening group match against Ivory Coast.
In an interview after their opening match at the Al Salam Stadium Mannetti said: “I would like to believe that we still have an outside chance to surprise either against Bafana Bafana or Ivory Coast and I know a lot of people who would say please coach stop dreaming.”
He added that playing South Africa will be an emotional game and at the same time a different ball game.
“This tournament is very tough and it’s not a walk in the park, but we will keep our momentum. I am happy with the way we played in our first game because we kept shape and defended well throughout the match,” he said.
Despite this Mannetti added that he was disappointed that they gave away a ball to their opponent.
“I am not going to blame my players for the free kick that was scored against us by Morocco, because that was a well taken free kick, it was a world class free kick and that happens in football,” the coach noted.
Namibia’s last group game against Ivory Coast will be on 01 July at the Cairo International Stadium.