Mannetti: Botswana friendly good for Namibia's preparations

Mannetti: Botswana friendly good for Namibia's preparations
Ricardo Mannetti, coach of Namibia

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Sep 16, 2018. 12:00

Namibia head coach Ricardo Mannetti is looking forward to the Brave Warriors' clash with Botswana.

The tactician will use the upcoming international friendly at Botswana to give the local-based Warriors some much-needed game time ahead of the two games against Mozambique between 13 and 16 October 2018 in their Group K 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Namibia Football Association (NFA) Secretary General Barry Rukoro confirms that as part of Botswana’s 52nd Independence Day Celebrations, the Brave Warriors will be crossing over to take on Zebras.

“They have invited us and we duly accepted the request from our good friends and neighbors to mark such a significant day in their history. Our senior national team will be playing them and it is something we also dearly need for our team”, Rukoro explains the invite.

Coach Mannetti emphasis that he will use the local-based Brave Warriors for the match as they need to have more game time ahead of back to back ties against Group K leaders Mozambique next month.

“The foreign-based guys won’t make it because it’s not a fifa date and that gives a chance to the local guys to stake their claims once again. We have players like Dynamo Fredericks ,Absalom Iimbondi and Marcel Papama that will surely feature alongside Captain Ronald Ketjijere. We also have Charles Hambira, who came on late against Zambia who needs to play more given that he is still waiting for his papers to play for Baroka FC in South Africa. So we have a good team to take to Botswana and the goal remains to be ready for Mozambique”, Mannetti states.

On the road to Cameroon 2019 African Cup of Nations, Guinea Bissau are leading Group K on four points, equal with second-placed Mozambique. Namibia are third followed by Zambia on a point each after two –match days.

The next official game for the Brave Warriors will be away at Mozambique on 13 October and then they host them in Windheok on 16 October. The final home game will be against Bissau between 12-20 November before they visit Zambia in March 2019. The group winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 32nd edition of the Total African Cup of Nations to be played in Cameroon from 07 to 20 June 2019.

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