The Brave Warriors objective in Zambia will have to do their job and not rely on the results in Guinea Bissau on Saturday in the final group games of the 2019 CAF AFCON qualifiers.
Coach Ricardo Mannetti says the team main goal remians to get a result in Zambia and he expects that reaction from the players as they come in for camp tonight.
“We will move to Johannesburg tonight and we expect everyone called up to join us even those that play today (Sunday) and tomorrow some will recover and Monday afternoon we will be full force”, states Mannetti.
Mannetti adds that they expect a tough match in Zambia as they new coach and players called up for Zambia will have a point to prove.
” Zambia will not roll over for us and so we need to go there with a plan and try to execute it to perfection. They will be at home and they need to salvage their campaign. We don’t go there to hope for miracle in Bissau but to be masters of our destiny. We are in charge”, Mannetti explains.
Mannetti called up 28 players for the training camp with five to be dropped before the team proceeds to Zambia by Independence Day 21 March. The match will take place on Saturday 23 March in Lusaka.
Mannetti reveals that all players will be available including Black Africa winger Immanuel Heita who was a doubt but featured for his side this wekeend in the Standard Bank Top 8 Semifinals.
Namibia can qualify for the 2019 AFCON finals if: they avoid defeat to Zambia; they lose to Zambia and Mozambique lose to Guinea Bissau; they lose to Zambia and Mozambique draw against Bissau (Namibia have better head to head against Mozambique).
Guinea Bissau and Namibia are top of Group K on eight points each with Mozambique in third place on seven points. Zambia are on four points are out of the race to Egypt 2019. The group winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 32nd edition of the Total African Cup of Nations.