We can break them down- Mannetti

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The Brave Warriors are hoping for ball control and make it count of it against Comoros on Sunday, 13 August 2017 in Moroni in their 2018 CAF African Nations Championships qualifiers third round first leg match.

Speaking at the media briefing on Wednesday morning at Football House, Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti says the team is upbeat and ready to go and do the nation proud against the Islanders.

“Comoros are not a ball playing team. They love to play on the second ball and play more on emotions and we need to control that and make sure we play the ball and use it well to get the goals we need in the first leg. They are not an easy side and anything can happen and that’s why we go there will thorough planning and preparations and try to do our best”, Mannetti states.

He adds that the advantage for his team is the ball playing ability and he hopes it will work for them on the day.

“Unlike Zimbabwe, Comoros are not a ball-playing team but remember they beat Lesotho and we lost to Lesotho at Cosafa Cup and that goes to show we cannot take them lightly at all. We need to play and try to break them and I’m confident we can do that on Saturday”, explains Mannetti.

Mannetti has made only one change to the travelling team that won in Zimbabwe recently, with the injury forcing goalkeeper Lodyt Kazapua out and in comes Charles Uirab to deputize Edward Maova. Ronald Ketjijere, Petrus Shitembi and Oswaldo Xamseb makes the team, having recovered from niggling injuries, while in attack Hendrick Somaeb is expected to lead the line once again, supported by Itamunua Keimuine, Muna Katupose and Mapenzi Muwanei in the 20—men squad.

The team will charter an Air Namibia flight on Saturday morning to Moroni before meeting Comoros on Sunday 15h00 (14h00, Namibian time) at the Stade de Moroni, Moroni, Comoros with South African match officials led by referee Chris Harrison. The second leg will take place at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Sunday, 20 August, 15h00 with Zambian referee Wisdom Chewe to take charge. The NFA will use this game to pay tribute to the late Robbie Savage who was laid to rest on Saturday, 29 July.

Brave Warriors to Comoros: goalkeepers: Charles Uirab, Edward Maova , Defenders- Tiberius Lombard, Charles Hambira, Ferdinand Karongee, Riaan Hanamub, Larry Horaeb, Edmund Kambanda, midfielders- Ronald Ketjijere (captain), Dynamo Fredericks, Oswaldo Xamseb, Immanuel Heita, Benyamin Nenkavu, Petrus Shitembi, Absalom Iimbondi, strikers- Itamunua Keimuine, Hendrick Somaeb, Roger Katjiteo, Mapenzi Muwanei and Muna Katupose.