NPL kickoff a boost for Brave Warriors

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The kickoff of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) this Friday will allow the Brave Warriors technical team to tap into new players as preparations for the 2018 CAF African Nations Championships (CHAN) in Morocco continues.

Responding to the launch of the 2017/18 Namibia Premier league season on Wednesday, Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti is glad the elite league in the country, primary players’ supplier to the national team will kick off.

“I’m happy to know that the league is launched and more so the players are happy because it is about them. It is their daily bread and of course for all Namibians that have been thirsty for league action”, Mannetti states.

He adds that the league will ensure that the current crop of players do not get complacent as they will be pushed for places in the team.

“ We have the players that we have been working with for the past years or so and led the team to CHAN but now the league will ensure that they don’t get too comfortable and rest on their laurels as they will know they can be replaced. They need to perform and those that are doing well in the league can be roped in at any time”.

Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) and First National Bank (FNB) Namibia on Wednesday announced their N$15 Million and N$5 Million respective sponsorship for the season, the deal going for three years, bring about an end to over a year’s domestic football drought and Orlando Pirates and African Stars will on Friday night, 20h00 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium kicks off the 16-clubs league.

The Brave Warriors will continue with their weekly training sessions, Mannetti says, with additional players to be brought in.

“WE will reduce the amount of sessions and I pleas with the coaches that we are not here to disrupt their plans but just to keep going as we have done for the past four months. We will get players in from the league, remember CHAN Is for local-players that see if they can fit into our tactics and plans and we need to keep the momentum going ”, Mannetti states.

Meanwhile, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will host the draw for the 2018 edition of the African Nations Championship on Friday, November 17, in Rabat, Morocco. The 16 nations who have qualified for the tournament, will be zoned into four groups of four teams.