Mannetti calls up 12 youth players for Lesotho friendly

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Looking to the future, Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti has called up 12 youth players for the international friendly match against Lesotho to be played on 27 March, 20h00 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

The new players are all national under-20s and 23s prospects that according to Mannetti forms part of the team to be improved and exposed to international football as they prepare for youth international qualifiers later this year.

“ The under-20s will be playing Botswana end of March and we have decided as Technical team of the national teams to include them for Lesotho for the much needed exposure. They are here to supplement the first 11. We need to improve these players and hence a lot of favorite names are not on the list”, Mannetti explains.

Mannetti adds that the international friendly match remains a priority to win given the fact that it count for rankings and the score to settle with Lesotho.

“We still have the core of the team and we still have a job to do against Lesotho.
We need to beat Lesotho because they knocked us out of Cosafa last year and we need to prove ourselves. We can’t have everyone now but it also shows that there’s competition in the team and players need to play to be part of the team”, says Mannetti.

The team next assignment will be the Cosafa Cup, 27 May 07 June in South Africa, and then resume their 2019 AFCON Group K Qualifier against Zambia on the weekend of 8 September and then then away and home against Mozambique on match-day three and four between 8-16 October 2018.

Match-day five , where Namibia host Guinea, who beat them 1-0 on match-day one in June this year, will be played between 12 and 20 November 2018 and the final qualifiers match-day six, will be played on 18-29 March 2019 as Namibia travels to Zambia.

Mozambique heads Group K with three points, with Guinea also on three in second place , followed by Namibia and Zambia on zero points after losing their opening games. The Group winner and runner-up will qualifier for the 2019 AFCON.

The national under 20s, the Young Warriors are competing for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) recently Niger 2019 AFCON U/20 and will face neighbors Botswana at the first round with the first leg in Gaborone between 31 March, 16h00 with the second leg in Windhoek slated for 20-22 April.

Here are the 25 players to face Lesotho on Tuesday, 27 March, 20h00 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium:

Max Mbaeva (Golden Arrows, SA), Calvin Spiegel, Vitapi Ngaruka, Dynamo Fredericks, Natangwe Petrus (Black Africa), Vipua Tjimune, Panduleni Nekundi and Ronald Ketjijere (African Stars) Enzo Mungendje and Romeo Kasume and Itamunua Keimuine ( Tura Magic), Hubert Mingeri (Life Fighters), Lubeni Haukongo, Aprocius Petrus, Anthony Kham (Eleven Arrows), Brendon Kotungondo and Absalom Iimbondi and Ferdinand Karongee (Tigers), Donovan Kanjaa (Young African), Deon Hotto(Bloemfontein Celtic, SA), Peter Shalulile (Highlands Park), Denzil Haoseb (Jomo Cosmos, SA), Benson Shilongo (Alssiouty SC, Egypt), Riaan Hanamub (Orlando Pirates), and Kennedy Eib (Mighty Gunners).