Mannetti looking for a result in Namibia CHAN opener

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Namibia’s first game against Ivory Coast on Sunday night at their maiden 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Marrakesh will be the beginning of the culmination of all the hard work of 2017 in which the team defied odds for this tournament.

Coach Ricardo Mannetti on Saturday evening oversaw the official training session of the team at the venue, the Grand Stade de Marrakesh ahead of their clash against the Ivoirians in the opening game of Group B at the 2018 CHAN Finals and he states that the game will be monumental.

“ It all boils down to this one game. The first game, the start of the three curial games for us. All the celebrations of qualification last year, the Dr. Geingob Cup victory, the training camp in Tunis and all the ups and downs along the way built up to this tournament.” Mannetti explains.

The coach made it clear that everyone starts on equal footing in the group and the Brave Warriors will need to get a result on Sunday.

“ We need to get a result, that is very important for us. We either get a point or three and that will keep the plan going . Other than that we have to change things round. It’s the first continental tournament for all the boys and what a platform to show the world what they can do. There so much interest here and the players need to show what they have prepared for all this time and I believe in my players to do their best and make the nation back home proud”, Mannetti states.

The coach will be announcing the match-day squad on Sunday morning from the 23 players in the team with captain Ronald Ketjijere expected to lead the squad dominated by the core of players that have brought the team this far.

After the Sunday clash, the Brave Warriors will set eyes on their next group B fixture against 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.

Here is 23 Brave Warriors for the 2018 CHAN finals: Edward Maova, Charles Uirab, Lodyt Kazapua, Ferdinand Karongee, Tiberius Lombard, Charles Hambira, Edmund Kambanda, Dynamo Fredericks, Hendrick Somaeb, Petrus Shitembi, Benyamin Nenkavu, Ronald Ketjijere, Emilio Martin, Absalom Iimbondi, Roger Katjiteo, Kleopas Useb, Vitapi Ngaruka, Panduleni Nekundi, Junias Theophilus, Riaan Hanamub, Oswaldo Xamseb, Itamunua Keimuine and Himeezembi Hengombe.