Mannetti makes wholesome changes for Swaziland clash

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Ricardo Mannetti will make wholesome changes to the team to face Swaziland on Tuesday in the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup Plate Section semifinal following the team’s exit from the Cup section on Saturday courtesy of penalty shootout defeat to Lesotho.

The Brave Warriors joined the Plate Section for a second consecutive year after losing 5-4 on penalties to Lesotho on Saturday in the quarterfinals and coach Ricardo Mannetti was not impressed with the attitude from some of the players and will make changes to the team to play on Tuesday as they aim to finish fifth yet again.

“I was not happy with the players attitude and approach to the match on Saturday and therefore I will make changes to the team on Tuesday. Yes we had problems with the preparations and all that is known but we should achieve been better.
“Therefore I have decided to bring in new players for the Swaziland clash, also with one eye on the CHAN (African Nations Championship) qualifier we have next week. I will give more local players a chance to play", explains Mannetti.

The gaffer also reveals that he has released defender Chris Katjiukua from the team to enable him to assess other players for the centre- back position ahead of the CHAN.

“I have also called up Benyamin Nenkavu and he will be on the bench for Tuesday’s game against Swaziland. It is also very normal that if the team does not perform to expectations, you make amends and try to get the desired result” says Mannetti.

In the reckoning for tomorrow will be Lodyt Kazapua in goal, as well as players such as Riaan Hanamub who made a cameo appearance on Saturday as well as Ferdinand Karongee, Oswaldo Xamseb and Dynamo Fredericks.

The Brave Warriors will face Swaziland on Tuesday at 18h30 at the Moruleng Stadium and if they win will advance to the Plate Section final against ether South Africa or Botswana on Friday, 07 July 2017 at the same venue at 16h00.

In the African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2018 qualifier, Namibia will host Zimbabwe on Saturday 15 July at the Sam Nujoma stadium and the return leg is scheduled for Harare on 23 July.