Let’s have over 20 players aboard- Mannetti
The Brave Warriors will benefit if Namibia football exports can be over 20 players as coach Ricardo Mannetti delves into the foreign legion’s movements, particularly in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League.
Last week the press published stories about rumored and confined deals for some Brave Warriors in South Africa and Coach Ricardo Mannetti reckons the migration from the Namibia Premier league will do the national team some great deal.
“ It is good to read about my players finding new homes in the PSL and the First division in SA and I just hope the numbers can keep increasing to at least more than 20 players outside so that we can have options in terms of that exposure”, Mannetti states.
However the coach reiterates his call for players and their agents to ensure that they get game time as that can only guarantee them match fitness and selection into the national team.
“ The risk of our players going overseas is huge in terms of lack of game time and that negatively affects my planning as well. We need active players that make a difference at their clubs so that they can boost the Brave Warriors as well. It doesn’t matter whether they play First Division or PSL or any other league, the exposure to play against different players from the local boys here is what matters in international football. Local guys too have their unique role and quality to play as well”, explains the Cosafa Castle Cup 2016 Plate Final winning coach.
The coach is vouching for Wangu Gome to have a better second season at Wits while Deon Hotto and Peter Shalulile will continue to shine and Ronald Ketjijere and Willem Mwedihanga should stay in the PSL after their club University of Pretoria was relegated.
“Wangu had a tough first season and I’m confident he will have a better second one with his talent and drive. Deon’s move to Celtic is also good as coach Serame (Lestoka) was with him at Arrows and knows his qualities hence his acquisition. Peter is the darling of Highland Park and for Ronald and Willem, they have proven themselves and I’m sure they concluding some PSL deals soon.
Somaeb is also in and around; Junior Gebhardt and Denzil Haoseb at Cosmos in the first division too is great as long as they can play and Benson Shilongo at Platinum Stars, can learn a lot from Henrico Botes. The guys are Thailand also brings a different dimension”, asses Mannetti.
Mannetti and his troop’s next assignment will in September in the 2017 AFCON Qualifiers when they visit the Senegal in Group K final round of matches.