The Brave Warriors will start preparation in May for the upcoming 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) games against Morrocco, South Africa and Ivory Coast following the draw on Friday night in Cairo, Egypt.
Namibia will be making her their appearance at the AFCON in Egypt from June 21 and are in Group D together with Morrocco, South Africa and Ivory Coast.
Coach Ricardo Mannetti ,reacting to the draw says the Brave Warriors will be the underdogs and they will go there to enjoy themselves and make Namibia proud.
“Perfect draw for the underdogs. They will not focus on us but on themselves and this is exactly where I want to be” , Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti states.
He adds that they have nothing to lose and will go about their business in the best possible way to make Namibia proud.
Mannetti reveals that preparations for AFCON will start in May.
“We will start our preparations from the 26th of May in one of the neighbouring countries of Egypt. We need to make sure we prepare under the same conditions as it will be very hot in Egypt”, says Mannetti.
The Brave Warrios will be based in Cairo and open Group D with a date against Morrocco on June 23 before taking on South Africa on June 28, both at Al Salam Stadium . They will play the final group game against Ivory Coast on 1 July at Cairo International Stadium.
“Also we will need to be around other countries so that we can easily play friendlies with other countries with minimal travelling and so our camp destination, to be confirmed soon will be very close to Egypt”, states Mannetti.
The coach insists that their goal is to win Namibia first AFCON finals goal. ” We will try to win a game and see how it goes. It will sufficient for us and anything can happen at this finals”.
During the 2019 AFCON finals, the 32nd tournament, 24 teams are drawn into six groups of four teams each. After the group stage, the top two teams and the four best third teams will advance to the round of 16. The winners will advance to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals. The semifinal losers will play in third place match, while semifinal winners will play in final.