We have to win our remaining games- Mannetti

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The Brave Warriors will have to pull all the stops in their away games at Mozambique and Zambia while nothing less than victory will be good enough when they host Mozambique and Guinea Bissau in October and November in their Group K 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Following the home team’s one-all draw with Zambia on Saturday, Coach Ricardo Mannetti reckons the Brave Warriors will have to do well in the remaining four games to stand a chance of making to Cameroon 2019.

“With the result against Zambia, we now have to get points at Mozambique and at Zambia next year while we also have to win our home games against Mozambique and Guinea Bissau. This result makes things difficult for us and we need to get back from this stronger and wiser,” says Mannetti.

On Saturday, second half substitute Benson Shilongo poked home from close range with 11 minutes left to play before Zambia got their goal in added time as Justin Shonga’ s free kick was deflected into the back of the net.

“ We were playing a very strong Zambian side and we needed to come up with plans to hurt them and go around them and that is why we made the double substitution in the second half that resulted in the goal but unfortunately Zambia put a let of pressure and it was not easy to get out of that grip.

We were at home and playing many 50-50 games and Zambia were more comfortable on the ball than we were. Another issue is that our league is off and our players lack match fitness especially during this period in August and September while others are playing. Going forward we can get better”, Mannetti states.

Guinea Bissau maintained their lead in Group K with a 2-2 draw at Mozambique on Saturday on four points, equal with second-placed Mozambique. Namibia are third followed by Zambia on a point each after two –match days.

The next official game for the Brave Warriors will be away at Mozambique on 13 October and then they host them in Windheok on 16 October. The final home game will be against Bissau between 12-20 November before they visit Zambia in March 2019. The group winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 32nd edition of the Total African Cup of Nations to be played in Cameroon from 7 to 20 June 2019.