Mannetti calls 31 to prepare for CHAN finals


Head coach Ricardo Mannetti has named a 31 men training squad ahead of the Brave Warriors departure for Tunisia en route to the 2018 Africa Nations Championship finals in Morocco where Ivory Coast, Uganda and Zambia awaits in Group B of Namibia’s maiden appearance at the continental showpiece.

Leading the training team that resumes with training today at Football House is captain Ronald Ketjijere who will lead the team in Morocco as they face Ivory Coast on 14 January, Uganda on 18 January in Marrakech and finally play Zambia in Casablanca in the final group game on 22 January with the top two teams advancing to the quarterfinals.

Announcing the team on Tuesday morning at Football House, Coach Ricardo Mannetti revealed that they will train all week at the NFA Technical Centre until Friday and will resume training on Family Day 26 December before he reduces the squad to about 28 players to travel to Tunisia for a two weeks training camp.

“Roughly two weeks in Tunisia, we will play about three matches. There will be about four teams training in Tunisia during that period and we will definitely play a West African side to prepare for Ivory Coast and then we can play anyone. We will be announcing the final 23 men squad from Tunisia and are expected in Marrakech by 11 January”, Mannetti explains the logistics.

The coach further adds that some players are still to be assessed ahead of the teams’ departure to Tunisia and challenge the new players in the team to make an impact.

“One player who stands out is Tigers’ Benyamin Nenkavu who has a recurring knee injury and we will assess him and see and I can also bring in any other player as we start with training today. I have gone for the tried and tested through the six games we played in the last few months and the core remains. The league just started and we need to keep the core and we have brought in new players for depth and we will see if they respond”, says Mannetti.

Captain Ronald Ketjijere says the team will go to Morocco and take one game at a time and see how far they can progress.

“ The expectations for the national team remains high and for me a the captain, you always have to offer you best and help others around you. You want the pressure to be on you and off your teammates and the talent; skills and speed we have in the country must be displayed. I have to keep boys comfortable to the environment”, the African Stars anchorman states.

Here is 31 Brave Warriors in camp: Edward Maova, Charles Uirab, Lodyt Kazapua, Calvin Spiegel, Ferdinand Karongee, Kennedy Eib, Tiberius Lombard, Charles Hambira, Hubert Mingeri, Tjiuana-tja Tjinotjiua, Edmund Kambanda, Dynamo Fredericks, Immanuel Heita, Hendrick Somaeb, Petrus Shitembi, Ronald Ketjijere, Emilio Martin, Absalom Iimbondi, Roger Katjiteo, Penda Mongudhi, Jackson Johannes, Kleopas Useb, Gregory Auchumeb, Vitapi Ngaruka, Panduleni Nekundi, Junias Theophilus, Wangu Gome, Riaan Hanamub, Oswaldo Xamseb, Muna Katupose and Himeezembi Hengombe.