Mannetti calls 29 for Botswana Friendly


Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti on Monday called- up 29 players into a training camp in preparations for an international friendly match against Botswana on 30 September in Gaborone as part of that Botswana’s Independence Stadium.

The friendly will be used by the Namibians to give game time to both the Under 23s for their qualifiers match in November as well as the Brave Warriors for their 2019 AFCON Qualifiers against Mozambique on 13 October away in Maputo and on 16 October at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

Although 14 of the called up players are Under-23s, Mannetti reveals that they will be present merely for exposure and training purposes, and that the senior players will make 80% of the 90 minutes game time, provided no serious injuries occur. Furthermore, he states that winning is not a priority in this match but that match fitness will be the focus point.

“This is the only friendly before we face Mozambique. We however, plan on setting camp in South Africa hereafter because it’s much easier to get most of the players to either Johannesburg or Pretoria in preparations for our away match,” He says.

Mannetti admits that there has previously been complains about the team not having match fit players, so in order to qualify, he believes they have to put fitness first, especially if they want to narrow the gap between the local players and foreign based players who get to play every other day.

The players are : Ratanda Mbazuvara, Vipua Tjimune, Abel Paulus, Larry Horaeb, Vitapi Ngaruka, Emilio Martin, Donovan Kanjaa, Kennedy Eib, Charles Hambira, Lubeni Haukongo, Approcious Petrus, Baloyi Tsandib, Brandon Neibeb, Pandeni Kandjabanga, Benyamen Nenkavu, Ronald Ketjijere, Marcel Papama, Anthony Kham, Romeo Kasume, Hiha Katjivena, Petrus Shitembi, Absalom Iimbondi, Lucky Heita, Muna Katupose, Sadney Urikhob, Jandja Maharero, Brendon Katoungondo, Rivaldo Sergio Festus, Dynamo Fredericks.