Mannetti to lead Warriors for four years

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Ricardo Mannetti return to the hot seat of the Brave Warriors with 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification the main target as he signed four-year deal, announced today at Football House by NFA President Frans Mbidi.

Mannetti who resigned from the position of head coach that he held for two years after the team lost 1-0 at Niger in the 2017 AFCON qualifier in Niamey, was annnocued at the coach of the Brave Warriors for the next four years.

Addressing the media, NFA President Frans Mbidi said the Association and the coach has lengthy and amicable discussions which yielded this new marriage.

“It is long term project which will the see the coach guide us to the 2019 AFCON qualification as well as the Cosafa 2016 semifinals and also improve our world and continental rankings. It has been a long and fruitful discussion with the coach and we admit that his resignation was brought about the ill-timing of our proposal to him at the time. But now we are one and we move forward in good faith. He started his work on 01 August 2015 and it will end on 31 July 2019,” said Mbidi.

Mbidi further explained that should any of the parties wish to terminate the contract before the expiry date of 31 July 2019, necessary costs and penalties as per the contract will be incurred.

“We will have to review the work done by the coach two years from now but our focus is to make the necessary resources available for the coach to do his work in an enabling environment. He is a son of the soil and we want to ensure more success with him” stated Mbidi in reference to the 2015 COSAFA Cup triumph in May that Mannetti orchestrated.

On his part, the calm and collected Mannetti thanked the NFA for the opportunity to lead the team yet again and was also very realistic about his team’s chances in world football.

“First it was two years and now four years and it is about improving this team and challenging the giants of African football. It will be a project and we can’t expect miracles. We need all the support we can get to move forward. I’m excited about this new journey but overall it is the continuation of the work we started two years ago and we want to keep on making this team better”.

Mannetti also revealed that Ronnie Kanalelo will be his assistant coach and will still beef up his backroom staff to emulate the COSAFA success.

“I am looking at having a second assistant coach who can also be the fitness coach because for us to challenge Africa we need to have more and do more and only then can we compete. I will be headhunting that person and reveal him soon,” said Mannetti.