Monday 12 April 2021
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Namibia will need to do extra to sink Zimbabwe – Mannetti

The Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti announced his 18-men squad to face Cosafa champs Zimbabwe on Sunday for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and the coach says the Warriors will have to push to the limits to beat the week-old Cosafa champions.
Domestic football has been on circumstantial sabbatical leave for more than a year now and Manneti will have to choose from a crop of unfit players. It will be a do or die game as the dormant Warriors face a rather fit and competitive team from Zimbabwe.
“We all know what is going on and the situation is quite simple. It is a non-league team (Namibia) playing a league team (Zimbabwe). I have tried to take a few players to the Cosafa to blend them in and give them a little game time – otherwise I selected from what we have,” said Mannetti.
The Zimbabwean team defeated Zambia 3-1 to win the regional tournament last weekend, in Rustenburg, South Africa, for a record fifth time. Zimbabwe have made a wholesale change on the squad facing Namibia with 10 fresh legs to strengthen the team.
Mannetti also highlighted that their opponents have three teams with different coaches for various competitions, something he can only wish to have at his disposal.  “With what we have at our disposal now, I can tell you now that it’s not going to be enough to beat Zimbabwe. I do not want to sound negative but just to be realistic.
“Although we are at home, we are on the back foot. We will have to play above ourselves. We will have to give our top performance. The players literally have to die on that pitch to make sure that we win that match and that is where the positivity lies,” he said.  Throughout the previous games that the Brave Warriors played, their best formation and tactic could not yield goals. This was evident in the last games against Lesotho and South Africa where the Braves created the chances but could not capitalize.  Mannetti said the team has been known to be very aggressive but that too has worked against them when they came in front of the goal post. This time around, the team will rely on Hendrik Somaeb whom Mannetti said has the composure and finishing touch when accorded the opportunity.
“We are playing at home and I will not play a waiting game at home. They [Zimbabwe] are very aggressive so we are not going to wait. The formation and tactic of my team are good so the question is here is who will it be to put the ball behind the net? So on Sunday we will count on the likes of Somaeb.” “Players like Shitembi, Iimbondi and Katjiteo will be eligible for play and will be the strengthening force of the team.  The Brave Warriors squad: Goalkeepers: Lloydt Kazapua and Edward Maova. Defenders: Charles Hambira, Edmund Kambanda, Tiberius Lombard, Riaan !Hanamub, Ferdinand Karongee and Larry Horaeb. Midfielders: Immanuel Heita, Benyamin Nenkavu, Ronald Ketjijere (captain), Dynamo Fredericks, Absalom Iimbondi and Petrus Shitembi. Strikers: Itamunua Keimuine, Hendrick Somaeb, Roger Katjiteo and Muna Katupose.
Seeing that the country has been deprived of domestic football and the national team has not fared well in the Cosafa Cup, Mannetti called on the nation to come out in number to support the boys.  “The Zimbabweans are coming. They want to celebrate their victory at our expense and we cannot allow that to happen in our backyard. We should be aggressive towards coming to the stadium. We cannot just sit at home. The players need your support.” The match kicks off at 15h00 and the winning team will play against Lesotho or Comoros.

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