Calculating Warriors prepares for Uganda

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The Brave Warriors will have to be renowned for controlling games without necessarily having possession of the ball as they plan for their second game at the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) on Thursday night against Uganda in Group B at the Grand Stade Marrakech.

Coach Ricardo Mannetti says the team needs to know how to control games without having the ball and how to use possession effectively against much fancied oppositions like the Ivory Coast who they bested on Sunday courtesy of a Charles Hambira last minute goal.

“We have to control the game without the ball and we did pretty much that against Ivory Coast and when we had our chances in their final third we created good chances and had more chances on target and at goal than them and that shows our tactics are gradually taking shape and we need to keep it going if it can take us forward”, Mannetti says.

The mentor adds that playing like that does not in any way demonstrate fear but respect and tactical discipline.

“Going into a game you need to plan and have tactics and have the right players to carry that out for you. We needed to control the game and we did that very well and finally got the goal. Before the game I told you we need to get a result against Ivory Coast and a result we got, three points instead of one and that gives us momentum going into our next game. Uganda will be different and we will plan accordingly. One game at a time”, explains Mannetti.

After Thursday clash against Uganda the team will have their final group against Zambia, who also won on Sunday night, in Casablanca on Monday night, 21h00, Namibian time to decide the top two teams from Group B to face the winners of Group A in the quarterfinals at the 2018 CHAN finals.