School-boy errors cost Namibia against Ivory Coast: Mannetti

02 Jul 2019 08:50am
WINDHOEK, 02 JUL (NAMPA) – National senior men’s football team coach, Ricardo Mannetti, on Monday expressed disappointment with the way his team exited the African Cup of Nations after giving it their all.
Namibia lost their final group games of the competition 1-4 against Ivory Coast on Monday night.
The result relegated Namibia to a bottom-of-the-group finish, recording no points on the board after losing all three of its games, with their opponents on the night, Ivory Coast, finishing as second with six points in Group D, advancing to the nest stage of the competition.
Morocco topped Group D with nine points after defeating South Africa, who finished third with three points, 1-0 on Monday night.
Speaking after the match, Mannetti said he was disappointed with the way in which the team exited the competition despite playing all their three games well.
“We dominated our last group game against Ivory Coast, who did not work their socks off but managed to punish us when we made school-boy errors,” he said.
He added that despite dominating some part of the match, they just couldn’t kill of the game and that was terrible.
“It’s high time players take responsibility and do their part. You can’t compete against the best and not come to the party,” said Mannetti, attributing the concession of four goals in their final match to immaturity from his players.
The coach said there are a number of things that still needs to be worked on and whoever continues with the team as a coach will have to take a leaf from the Ivory Coast game.
“We have to be clinical. I’m disappointed because we made Ivory Coast look average but then we allowed them to make us look like high school kids. That’s not right at all. We gave them opportunities to score, which is unacceptable,” Mannetti said.