Mannetti has big headache ahead of Cosafa

25 May 2016 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 25 MAY (NAMPA) – The Brave Warriors might go into the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup without four prominent players.
Willem Mwedihanga, Ronald Ketjijere and Peter Shalulile have crucial club commitments over the same period, while Petrus Shitembi is currently being nursed in injury.
These players have made significant contributions in the senior national team over the past few years and also featured in the Namibian team that won the Cosafa Cup in South Africa last year.
Namibia will defend this title here from 11 to 25 June 2016 against 13 other nations.
Coach Ricardo Mannetti said he had requested their clubs to release them and is currently waiting for a response.
Mwedihanga and Ketjijere play for the University of Pretoria, while Shalulile plies his trade for South African National First Division (NFD) side Highlands Park. Shitembi plays for Amazulu in the NFD.
“The play-offs for the PSL (South African Premier Soccer League) will start Wednesday and three of our prominent players are featuring for their clubs in those matches.
“As for Mwedihanga and Ketjijere, I really don’t think they (club management) will allow them because they are playing against Mbombela (FC) in their play-offs on the same day we are playing Botswana. Our focus now is to look at the local players we travelled with to Ghana and get them ready for the competition,” he told Nampa on Tuesday.
Namibian-based players were in Ghana recently for a training camp.
Mannetti said these players did well and he will use them in the game against Niger in Windhoek on 04 June, and then select the main squad for the Cosafa Cup.
Namibia and Niger will play in 2017 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Windhoek Next week.