Character and mentality will be the focus area for Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti as he assesses four groups of players in April ahead of the June to July International football schedule. Announcing the first training squad of 24 players yesterday morning at Soccer House in Windhoek, Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti said it was important for him to start preparing for international games lined up in June and July two months ahead as he embarks upon his mandate of reaching the Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2019. “We have the objective of reaching the finals in 2019 and we need to prepare well for that. Playing Guinea Bissau won’t be easy in June because they were just at the AFCON and I saw them play South Africa last week and they have active players at the moment. But they are beatable and we really need to work and work hard for us to make this dream a reality, hence staring now with preparations,” stated Mannetti. The first training squad will start on Tuesday next week to Thursday, and Mannetti said the emphasis will not be on fitness but on mentality and character. “We need players with character and the right mentality for international football. I have invited these players based on my experiences with them and also those that have shown promise and we need to see if they can make it. All players in these groups are unfit of course, there has been football for almost a year now and we need to consider that.”
In early May, Mannetti will announce another squad of players to prepare for the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea Bissau in June before the team heads to South Africa for the COSAFA Cup from 25 June. The local players will then have to face off with Zimbabwe for the Africa Nations Champions qualifiers in July. Namibia will face Zambia, Mozambique and Bissau in Group K of the qualifiers for AFCON 2019. “After that we have the Cosafa cup in South Africa from 25 June and we take that seriously as well. Before that the league could have kicked off and still the scouting continues until we get to Cosafa so we have a lot of hard work ahead if we want to success in this year.” Mannetti added that with proper preparation his side can defeat Zimbabwe and progress to the third and final group of qualifications for Kenya 2018.
Here is the 24 men squad that will start with training on Tuesday at the NFA Techcianl Centre: Loydd Kazapua (African Stars) David Peterson (Tigers), Charles Uirab (Orlando Pirates), Edward Maova (Civics FC), Romario Ndjavera and Ferdinand Karongee (Tigers), Tiberius Lombard and Charles Hambira (both Tura Magic), Larry Horaeb (Black Africa), Da Costa Angula (Unattached), Riaan !Hanamub (Orlando Pirates), Edmund Kambanda (UNAM FC), Ronald Ketjijere and Katiti Hakuria ( both African Stars), Benyamin Nenkavu (Tigers), Johannes Shiwedha (NAMPOL), Oswaldo Xamseb (Tura Magic), Dynamo Fredericks (Black Africa), Pandeni Kandjabanga (Golden Bigs), Donald Geiseb (Civics), Itamunua Keimuine (Tura Magic), Mapenzi Muwanei (Tigers), Fransico Almeidha and Joseph Mbudhi ( both United Stars).