We have to be smart against Uganda- Mannetti


Uganda will have to come and out play on Thursday night against the Brave Warriors who will have to avoid reckless play and double their concentration in their quest to reach their first ever continental quarterfinals at the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) underway in Morocco.

The two sides will meet at the Grand Stade Marrakesh in the fourth match of Group B and there will be no love lost as the Brave Warriors looks to keep going following their 1-0 win over Ivory Coast on Sunday night and Uganda will have to recover from their defeat to Zambia 3-1.

Speaking at the press conference on Wednesday morning, coach Ricardo Mannetti called on his players to remain calm and grounded and see out the game on Thursday.

“Uganda have to come out and play and we remain underdogs. They are a physical team and we will respond accordingly. We need to be smarter and avoid reckless play against Uganda. Uganda losing to Zambia does not make them a bad team and we have to be cognizant of that and try to do our best and respond to our tactics very well and double our concentration” Mannetti said.

Captain Ronald Ketjijere states that the match against Uganda will be the crucial for the Brave Warriors as they plan to keep their dream alive at the championship underway in Morocco.

“We haven't achieved anything yet, just beat Ivory Coast and we must remain focus and try to beat Uganda and then qualify to the next round", Ketjijere told the media conference.

Namibia and Uganda will meet on Thursday at 21h30, Namibian time, which will be preceded by the Zambia and Ivory Coast game. For their final game against Zambia on Monday, 22 January, 21h00, the Brave Warriors will be going out to Casablanca on Friday.

The top two teams from the group will face the winners from Group A, which includes the host Morocco in the quarterfinals.