Mannetti brings in new faces for Zimbabwe clash

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Itamunua Keimuine has been dropped from the Brave Warriors squad ahead of the clash against Zimbabwe in the Dr. Hage Geingob Cup taking place at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday, 11 November.

Ricardo Mannetti on Monday morning announced a 23-men to train ahead of the international friendly game on Saturday, 16h00 against Zimbabwe and have dropped most notably Tura Magic striker Itamunua Keimuine, while his club mate Junias Theophilus coming in together with Christiaan Jakobus from Orlando Pirates. The Namibia Premier League leading goal-scorer Panduleni Nekundi and his African Stars teammate, defender Tjiuana-tja Tjinotjiua, also makes the team this time around and so did Civics midfielder Wangu Gome.

“Question is who replaced Itamunua? He’s man enough to take it, he not in, his teammate Junias is in because he scored more goals than him. It shows that no one is safe. Being on this list is not guarantee that you will make it to CHAN. We want this kind of competition in the team and we need new faces. Junias has performed better than Itamunua”, Mannetti explains.

The squad will have their first training session this afternoon and three foreign-based players in Peter Shalulile, Denzil Hoaseb and Larry Horaeb are again retained for experience and depth in the team that will miss Muna Katupose and Benyamin Nenkavu, who both miss out due to injuries sustained over the past weekend in league football.

On the opposition on Saturday, Mannetti states that his mission remains the African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals taking place in Morocco in January, while for Zimbabwe the focus is on AFCON qualifiers that resumes in March next year.

“On paper they look stronger, they are bringing in players from England and South Africa and for me it’s not a problem. We want to give the CHAN players as much game time as possible. But we also still want to do well and win the Cup. The pressure is on Zimbabwe to come to the party. We are the underdog and we will work our socks off”, says Mannetti.

Zimbabwe are expected in town on Friday and so are the match officials from South Africa. Match tickets are selling for N$ 30 each at Football House and at Pick n Pay outlets countrywide the dress code will be red with the match to kick off at 16h00. The match will be preceded by a match between the Brave Gladiators against the Young Gladiators at 13h00.

The 23 Brave Warriors: Edward Maova, Charles Uirab, Lodyt Kazapua, Ferdinand Karongee, Tiberius Lombard, Charles Hambira, Tjiuana-tja Tjinotjiua, Larry Horaeb, Edmund Kambanda, Dynamo Fredericks, Immanuel Heita, Hendrick Somaeb, Petrus Shitembi, Ronald Ketjijere, Denzil Haoseb, Absalom Iimbondi, Roger Katjiteo, Christiaan Jakobus, Panduleni Nekundi, Junias Theophilus, Wangu Gome, Riaan Hanamub and Peter Shalulile.