Brave Warriors aims for CHAN group stage progress

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Ricardo Mannetti have sets sights on overcoming the first hurdle of Namibia’s first appearance at the 2018 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) finals in Morocco as he waits the draw to be held on 17 November in Rabat, Morocco.

The Brave Warriors qualified for their first ever CHAN finals after edging out Zimbabwe and Comoros in the qualifiers in August and going into the finals, coach Ricardo Mannetti is hoping for group stage progress.

“ We want to win every game at CHAN. It wil be unrealistic to do deeper into it now as the draw is need to be conducted and then we see who we face. The first objective is to get out of the group. I will be happy if we get out of the group and take it from there”, Mannetti says.

He adds that the NFA is planning a three-week training camp for the Brave Warriors in north Africa, in similar conditions as the ones in Morocco and he plans to have more training games as well.
“I can confirm that we will have three week training camp outside Namibia. I’m worried about the pitches and so need similar ones to Morocco. We will have a couple of training matches against other n nations as we round up our preparations for the CHAN finals”.

Mannetti also called on players to fight for positions with regard to CHAN and the AFCON qualifiers in March next year.

“It’s all about a healthy competition. For me all players are the equal and if you good enough you will play and this should encourage CHAN players to push for places in the Brave Warriors A team for the AFCON qualifier against Zambia in March”, explains Mannetti.

The coach is also looking to have more depth in defence: The players that have trained for four months forms the core of the team, they have the edge but we constantly look to widen the scope. The centre back position I need more. I still have Tiberius Lombard, Charles Hambira and Ferdinand Karongee and that is not depth enough for me”, states Mannetti.

On Saturday, Namibia and Zimbabwe will feature in the Dr. Hage Geingob Cup , 16h00 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium will the cost of tickets bought beforehand are N$20 each from Web-tickets Namibia at all Pick n Pay’s country wide, while limited tickets would be sold at the gates for N$ 40.00.

The first 1000 people through the gate will receive a promotional hat or t-shirt and top local musicians will entertain the crowd before the match as well as during half time and after the match. The Young Gladiators will face their seniors at 13h00 in another match of the one-day festival.