Mannetti challenges Warriors mentality


The Brave Warriors need to work on their mentality and attitude ahead of the crucial 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers against Mozambique on 13 and 16 October away and at home respectively in order to each their 10- points target for qualification.

Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti on Wednesday challenged his charges to change their mentality when playing away from home as they will need to be on point on Saturday, 13 October in Maputo.

“I challenge the guys to change their mindset. We don’t need to think about when are we are leaving that country to come back to our comfort zone, we need to fully concentrate for 90 minutes and we need to work very hard. We need to give more than the home side and change our away record which does not read well at all”, Mannetti states.

In qualification for 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers, Namibia lost 3-0 at Mozambique before winning at home 3-0 and lost on penalties and last year in the race to Cameroon 2019 AFCON finals, they lost 1-0 at Guinea Bissau.

“We need to fight more, we need to press more and we need to be ready for whatever Mozambique throw at us. If we can do that then we can come back home and plan accordingly as well. Our priority now should be the away game which can be huge for us in terms of how we go forward as a team mentally,” Mannetti explains.

Mannetti announced a 26 men squad who will assemble as of Monday, 8 October in Johannesburg before the team departs for Maputo on Thursday for the game on Saturday and return to Namibia on Sunday to prepare for the Tuesday, 16 October, 19h00 kickoff.

A notable name in the team is the inclusion of Highlands Park striker Peter Shalulile who makes a return after a lengthy injury that forced him to miss the 2018 Cosafa Cup as well as the one-all draw against Zambia in the AFCON Qualifiers last month.

“We have talent in this team and with Peter back we can surely do more and the challenge is for the boys to go to Mozambique and do something they have not done before, double their effort and have the right frame of mind to get a good result”, says Mannetti.
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.

The CAF Executive Committee recently announced that a final decision on Cameroon 2019 will be taken in late November after the last inspection visit which will involve audit firm Roland Berger and that the tournament, with its new-24 team format will be held from 15 June to 13 July 2019.

The Brave Warriors for Mozambique clashes: Maximillian Mbaeva (Golden Arrows, RSA), Virgil Vries (Kaizer Chiefs, RSA), Ratanda Mbazuvara (African Stars), Loydt Kazapua (Macabbi FC, RSA) Larry Horaeb (Unattached), Emilio Martin (Black Africa), Tiberius Lombard (Lusaka Dynamos, Zambia), Charles Hambira (Baroka, RSA) Denzil Haoseb (Highlands Park, RSA), Vitapi Ngaruka (Black Africa), Riaan Hananub (Jomo Cosmos, RSA) Ananias Gebhardt (Baroka, RSA), Dynamo Fredericks (Black Africa), Petrus Shitembi (Unattached), Ronald Ketjijere (African Stars), Wangu Batista Gome (Cape Umoya, RSA), Immanuel Heita (Black Africa), Absalom Iimbondi (Tigers), Deon Hotto (Bidvest Wits), Willy Stephanus (AC Kanjaani, Finland), Marcel Papama (Unam), Hendrik Somaeb (FK Zermun, Serbia), Muna Katupose (Unam), Sadney Urikhob (Unattached), Benson Shilongo (Smouha, Egypt) and Itamunua Keimuine (Dire Dawa City FC, Ethiopia).