Mannetti can’t be greedy as Namibia beat Zimbabwe

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Ricardo Mannetti is basking in the Brave Warriors 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe in the CAF African Nations Championship qualifiers match played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on Sunday afternoon and couldn’t have asked for more than the boys delivered.

Hendrick Somaeb scored the only goal of the match on 47 minutes after a great solo run, cutting inside before unleashing a ferocious shot into the top left corner, to send the thousands of football-thirsty Namibians into frenzy.

Namibia came into the match as underdogs and it was the Cosafa champions Zimbabwe that had the best of the ball in the opening 20 minutes and had two great chances inside 14 minutes, but Namibian goalkeeper Lodyt Kazapua was on both occasions equal to the task.

Somaeb had the only shot at goal for Namibia which way wide and at the start of the second half, Dynamo Fredericks replaced the Absalom Iimbondi to bolster the midfield and it was not long before the goal came from Somaeb.

Zimbabwe tried as they may to get the equalizer, but resolute defending from the weary Brave Warriors kept them at bay until the fat lady sang. Namibia 1-0 Zimbabwe the final score.

Namibia coach Ricardo Mannetti is relishing the moment.

“I can’t be greedy and ask for more. This victory was long overdue and when Somaeb scored, I prayed and hoped that Zimbabwe don’t spoil the brilliant goal and the memorable occasion for all of us.

Going into the second leg next Sunday at the Harare Sports Stadium, Mannetti remains optimistic.

“ We played well today and got the result, we now have to prepare for the second leg and again we remain underdogs and have to play above ourselves again like we did today. They will be at home and have depth and we have to counter that” explains Mannetti.

Captain Ronald Ketjijere echoes the coach sentiments and additionally thanks the nations for the support on the day.

“We played against giants today and after a very tough first half we had to keep the ball down and play on their ground and in the end we got the goal and now the second half will be a different game and we remain committed. Our goalkeeper really kept us in the game and the support from the public today was exceptional as well and I thank everyone for coming today and means a lot to us” Ketjijere states.

Namibia and Zimbabwe will renew their rivalry on Sunday, 23 July
at the Harare Sports Stadium for the second round second leg match. The winner of the tie will face either Comoros or Lesotho in the third and final round to Kenya 2018.