Mannetti names 23 for 2018 CHAN finals

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Experience and versatility were key in Ricardo Mannetti naming his 23 men squad for the upcoming 2018 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) finals to be held in Morocco from 12 January to 04 February as Ivory Coast, Zambia and Uganda awaits Namibia in Group B.

Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti, who travelled with 27 players for a training camp in Tunis of Tunisia, reveals that he has named his 23 men squad and depending on the team’s friendly against Rwanda on Saturday, he still keep two more players in camp.

“The boys have really given their all and due to that we have had the withdrawal for selection of goalkeeper Calvin Spiegel (ankle injury) and Immanuel Heita (knee injury) through injuries and then we had to decide on two more names and finally landed on Tjiuana Tja Tjinotjiua and Gregory Auchumeb” Mannetti states.

He adds that Auchumeb and Ua-tjinotjiua will remain with the team ahead of the friendly match on Saturday and he explains why.

“ Football is an unpredictable game and after the game on Saturday maybe we will still need to make changes due to that might occur and so they remain with us until then.
Mannetti also states that the spirit remains high and they are rearing to go. “ We looked at experience over the games played last year and also considering versatility in terms of tactics and options going into the CHAN tournament. All players remain positive including the two (Ua-tjinotjiua and Auchumeb) and the goal remain common and we unified in that so far” Mannetti explains.

Tigers left winger Benyamin Nenkavu overcome his knee injury and fought his way into the Brave Warriors team for their maiden CHAN appearance, while Black Africa’s Emilio Martin, who can play at the back and in the midfield also makes the cut. Life Fighters youngster Kleophas Useb and the Young African pair of Vitapi Ngaruka and Himee Hengombe and late replacement Itamunua Keimuine and Tura Magic club mate Junias Theophilus all makes the CHAN squad.

After the Rwanda friendly on Saturday, the team will continue to prepare for the tournament in Tunis and will leave for their base in Morocco in Marrakesh on 11 January. They face Ivory Coast on 14 January, Uganda on 18 January in Marrakech and finally play Zambia in Casablanca in the final group game on 22 January with the top two teams advancing to the quarterfinals.

Here is 23 Brave Warriors for the 2018 CHAN finals: Edward Maova, Charles Uirab, Lodyt Kazapua, Ferdinand Karongee, Tiberius Lombard, Charles Hambira, Edmund Kambanda, Dynamo Fredericks, Hendrick Somaeb, Petrus Shitembi, Benyamin Nenkavu, Ronald Ketjijere, Emilio Martin, Absalom Iimbondi, Roger Katjiteo, Kleopas Useb, Vitapi Ngaruka, Panduleni Nekundi, Junias Theophilus, Riaan Hanamub, Oswaldo Xamseb, Itamunua Keimuine and Himeezembi Hengombe.