National football team Head Coach Ricardo Mannetti has issued a stark ultimatum to players who are currently in the Brave Warriors fold despite not being attached to any clubs, saying those who do not have clubs will find it difficult to make it into the team going forward.
Mannetti said such players have from now until March to find clubs in order to bolster their chances of being selected for the 2019 AFCON Qualifier match against Zambia and the AFCON showpiece, should Namibia qualify.
Influential midfielder Petrus Shitembi and striker Sadney Urikhob are the only players in the squad who currently have no clubs that they play for.
Mannetti further stated that playing unattached players during the qualifiers was not an issue in the past because the domestic football league was also inactive.
“Both Petrus and Sadney know that they need to find clubs in order to be active and all players need to play between now and March next year. There is no way a player of Petrus and Sadney’s calibre cannot be on quite a few clubs’ wanted list. I know that they got offers from many teams and I am sure that they are sorting out their options. I am not their agent, but their national team coach”, Mannetti said. He added that he is positive that they will get clubs because they are quality footballers, saying that both players are aware of the nation’s expectations and the coaching team’s wish.
The local-based Brave Warriors will lock horn against Ghana’s B side on Saturday to defend their Dr. Hage Geingob Cup at the Sam Nujoma Stadium. Mannetti promised to give the President’s cup the respect it deserves and the nation should expect a strong display from his players and a tough game by the Ghanaians. It will be surprising to see how the West African football giant will assemble after one of the top Ghanian clubs, Asante Kotoko refused to release six of their players for this encounter.
“This is the President’s cup. That’s why I’ve decided to give the President respect by naming a very strong team to add value to that game. We are taking it seriously. We want defend the Cup successfully and at the same time, it makes sense to put up a good show,” Mannetti enthused.
Mannetti named former African Stars’ Goalkeeper, Loydt Kazapua who plays for Macabbi in South African First Division in his Saturday match squad. The full squad are: Goalkeepers (Ratanda Mbazuvara, African Stars and Loydt Kazapua from Macabbi, South Africa), Defenders: Larry Horaeb and Charles Hambira (Tura Magic) Emilio Martin, Vitapi Ngaruka and Dynamo Fredericks (Black Africa), Midfielders: Petrus Shitembi (no club), Ronald Katjijere (African Stars), Immanuel Heita (Black Africa), Absalom Iimbodi and Muna Katupose (Tigers), Willy “Awilo” Stephanus (AC Kanjaani, Finland), Marcel Papama (UNAM FC).
Strikers: Sadney Urikhob (no club), Elmo Kambindu and Kennedy Eib (Mighty Gunners), Abel Paulus (Life Fighters), Donovan Kanjaa (Black Africa), Gregory Aukumeb (Blue Waters), Aprocius Petrus (Eleven Arrows) and Benjamin Nenkavu (Buildcorn FC, Zambia).