Mannetti demands a win against Mozambique

Mannetti demands a win against Mozambique
Ricardo Mannetti

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Jun 20, 2016. 16:10

Namibia national team coach Ricardo Mannetti says they will play to beat Mozambique on Tuesday.

The Brave Warriors are fresh from a 5-4 loss on penalties in their Saturday encounter against Botswana in the 2016 COSAFA Castle Cup.

Despite their loss, Mannetti says they must do everything in their power to make their supporters happy in the Plate semifinal tie.

The ex-Cape Town Santos midfielder is confident that his charges have recovered from the loss against the Zebras.

“Saturday was one of those days were we played our best football and came out second best," said Mannetti.

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"To see so many Namibians behind the team through the match was unprecedented and the result was one to forget.

"We have to get over it and focus on the next game which is on Tuesday against Mozambique and try to go all the way in the section.

"The best team lost on Saturday and going forward we are determined to make things right and make things easy for ourselves and for our fans that showed so much love on Saturday."

The 2015 COSAFA winner revealed that his troops are back in the right frame of mind thanks to team support and external support structures.

“The players have picked themselves up and will play to win and appease thousands who will support," adds the coach.

"Imagine if we can have the same support for Tuesday we had on Saturday, and for every game we play for that matter, players morale will keep rising and rising knowing that so many people are behind them off the pitch."

The Plate semi-final is set to be staged at Sam Nujoma Stadium on Tuesday night. Kick-off is at 20h30.



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