Maintain character against Mozambique- Mannetti

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There will be no room for complacency when the Brave Warriors host Mozambique on Tuesday night at the majestic Sam Nujoma Satdium following their 2-1 win in Maputo on Saturday in their 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group K qualifier.

This is the message from coach Ricardo Mannetti as he plans a “different game” on Tuesday night, 19h00 against Mozambique and he calls for full concentration from the Brave Warriors and for the fans to rally behind the team.

“On Tuesday night we have a different game from the one in Maputo, Mozambique is a quality side that can play and we have to respect them and take them very seriously like we did in Maputo. We have to maintain the same intensity and approach. We need to keep to our objective of one game at a time as we aim for our 10 points. We can’t relax now and I will not allow that”, warns Mannetti.

The coach adds he’s proud of the Brave Warriors for their come-from-behind win away from home and they now need to strengthen their mettle. “For the first time in a long time, our national team have won away from home and we did it in style. Coming from behind, showing character and great response that eluded us all these years and now we need to build on that and Tuesday night affords that platform” , explains a satisfied Mannetti.

Respect tactical approach

In Maputo on Saturday, Deon Hotto replaced Absalom Iimbondi with 20 minutes to go and scored the winner in added time and Mannetti reveals that Hotto’s absence from the starting line-up despite his recent form was down to tactics.

“Whatever we do as coaches is down to tactics and the fans need to respect our tactical approach. We have a big squad of very good players and that allows us to have Plan A and Plan B and Hotto was part of our Plan B. Your Plan B should also have quality and impact players and Hotto proved that on Saturday”.

On Sunday, Guinea Bissau defeated Zambia 2-1 at home to go top of the group on seven points with the rest of the teams are four points each. Tickets for the Tuesday match are selling for N$ 50 on Computicket outlets and at Football House.

The final home game for the Warriors will be against Guinea Bissau between 12-20 November 2018 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 hosted by Cameroon from 15 June to 13 July 2019.