Mannetti names 18 for Botswana Friendly


Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti on Thursday flew out with 18 players for an international friendly match against Botswana on 30 September, Sunday, in Gaborone as part of that Botswana’s Independence celebrations.

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.

Mannetti has included five under-23s in his touring squad with goalkeper Vipua Tjimune as well as all-rounder Aprocius Petrus and defender Lubeni Haukongo. Hiha Katjivena also forms part of the 18 men squad midfield party.

Captain Ronald Ketjijere will lead the team, assisted by Dynamo Fredericks in midfield, while Emilio Martin joins Charles Hambira, Larry Horaeb and Vitapi Ngaruka in defence. Former national under 17 striking sensation Jandjamuje Maharero also joins the team in attach with veteran striker Muna Katupose and Sadney Urikhob.

“ The idea still remains to keep the locals guys very active and this game will surely give them enough game time under their belts and that can come in handy as we build up to our 2019 AFCON qualifiers next month” explains Mannetti.

The team will return home on Monday to continue a training camp at home before Mannetti announces another training squad for a camp to be held in South Africa from 7 October before the game in Mozambique on 13 October.

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 07 to 20 June 2019.

The Brave Warriors to Botswana: Ratanda Mbazuvara, Vipua Tjimune, Larry Horaeb, Vitapi Ngaruka, Emilio Martin, Charles Hambira, Lubeni Haukongo, Aprocius Petrus, Ronald Ketjijere, Marcel Papama, Hiha Katjivena, Petrus Shitembi, Absalom Iimbondi, Immanuel Heita, Muna Katupose, Sadney Urikhob, Jandjamuje Maharero and Dynamo Fredericks.