Mannetti plans for COSAFA Youth Champs

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Namibia will be using the annual FESA Tournament in Angola this weekend to prepare for the COSAFA Youth Championship to be held in South Africa in December.

The Namibia Under-20 team will compete at the Eduardo dos Santos Foundation International Tournament (FESA) Patron International Tournament this weekend which will be played in South-West Namibe Province, Angola.

According to the head coach of the national under-20s Ricardo Mannetti, the tourney will be an eye opener to most of the young talent they have called up for the first time to the team.

“ We have a lot of players out due to exams and we respect that. Education comes first and football second. We however have new players drafted in or some of fringe players, who will take their places and learn more before we go to COSAFS in December which is sort of the bigger picture for us this year at this age level” said Mannetti.

The annual competition will bring four nations together, host Angola, Namibia Swaziland and Zambia and the Namibia delegation departs for Angola on Thursday.

“ We don’t have an idea who we will play yet in the semis since the draw will be done upon arrival of the teams but it is very important that we can use these two games to expose new players and expand our pool of players from this age group” explained Mannetti.

The new players to the team are : Whiley Goseb, Neyamen Nenkavu, Marcello Haraseb, Lugman Davids (based in Cape Town), Tjiuana Tjinotjiua, Shetuowene Thomas, Michael Xamseb, Theodosius Hoaseb and Llewellyn Stevens.

Last year Namibia lost in the final against Angola 1-0 in the northern Cabinda province’s Chiazi stadium during August.

And here is the travelling squad to Angola for the FESA CUP: Peter Shalulile, Wangu Gome, Enrico Hoebeb, Wentley Louw, Salom Pamp, Edward Maova, Terdius Uiseb, Innocent Tembo, Edmund Kambanda, Itamunua Keimuine, Lee-Roy Adams, Whiley Goseb, Neyamen Nenkavu, Marcello Haraseb, Lugman Davids, Tjiuana Tjinotjiua, Shetuowene Thomas, Michael Xamseb, Theodosius Haoseb and Llewellyn Stevens.

This weekend will be the busiest for Namibia men’s football team as on Saturday October 13, Namibia U/17 will host Burkina Faso in the 2013 CAF Under-17 Champions qualifiers first leg at 15h00 at the Windhoek Independence Stadium and three hours later the senior team, the Brave Warriors takes on Rwanda in an international friendly game. Entrance fee for the Warriors game is N$ 40 and tickets are available from Computicket, Soccer House, Checkers and Shoprite.