Saturday 15 May 2021
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“Our attitude will pull us through” – Mannetti

Announcing his 20-man squad on Wednesday, Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti says even though the odds are in their favour, they will not underestimate their opponents as they enter the Comoros backyard this weekend for their Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers.
After beating Cosafa champions Zimbabwe both home and away, Mannetti said the team spirit has since been high. He said besides the victory that is now in the past, they face a team that is not so popular but they will not be taken lightly.  “Comoros kicked out Lesotho and they are a team that is improving. In the past two years, they have lost games narrowly. So we are not underestimating them,” he said.
“We have seen a Zimbabwe underestimating Namibia because there is no league and we surprised them. Lesotho suffered the same fate. So we are serious, we are on a mission and we want to qualify for the competition.”   Speaking briefly on the tactics, Mannetti predicts that the odds will be in their favour. “Comoros is not a ball playing team, they play with emotions. So we will have the ball more so I expect us to handle it very well and make sure we put it in the net.” With the teams goal scoring department still maturing with time, all eyes will be on goal poacher Hendrik Somaeb but the coach said he will be very happy for goals to come from any player.  “We still need time with our strikers. Most of our guys are not comfortable in the box, and that comes with time.
Yes, we do create, so we will look forward to make sure that when the ball comes in the box, we will have someone to put the ball behind.” In addition, Mannetti stressed that preparations in terms of training and approach for this match are at an advanced stage given that the team is vying to qualify for world cup.  He is optimistic that the boys’ attitude will pull them through saying the players have the right attitude in anticipation of the Comoros game. I’m very happy. It’s the best I have seen the team in terms of team spirit for the past three months.” The 20-man squad remains the same with only one change of Charles Uirab who comes in for Lloyd Kazapua who picks up a shoulder injury in Zimbabwe.
The full squad comprises of Edward Maova, Charles Uirab, Larry Horaeb, Ferdinand Karongee, Tiberius Lombard, Riaan !Hanamub, Charles Hambira, Edmund Kambanda, Immanuel Heita, Dynamo Fredericks, Oswaldo Xamseb, Ronald Ketjijere, Benyamin Nenkavu, Petrus Shitembi, Absalom Iimbondi, Hendrik Somaeb, Itamunua Keimuine, Muna Katupose, Roger Katjiteo and Mapensi Muwanei.  The Brave Warriors are expected to leave for Comoros tomorrow at 06h00 on a charter flight with Air Namibia and return on Sunday evening at 18h30.

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