Physical Swaziland beat Brave Warriors

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The physical appearance of Swaziland coupled with the seven new players on Thursday contributed to the Brave warriors 1-0 defeat against the host in Manzini in a friendly match and coach Ricardo Mannetti calls on focus on development of psychically apt defenders.

This is observation of coach Ricardo Mannetti in the friendly match played as part of Swaziland’s 50th Independence Anniversary in Manzini on Thursday night and he calls on local coaches to do more to help the national team.

“ The Physical appearance of Swaziland gave us a lot of problems and I will plead with coaches in the regions to develop and expose tall and big central defenders so that we can compete better on the continent”.

Swaziland got their goal on 93 minutes and the Mannetti adds that despite losing, the idea was to expand the pool of players and that have worked.

“ Losing is not a problem as I got to see what others can offer and that is very vital. We experimented against Lesotho and now Swaziland and I’m satisfied with the overall outcome from the two games. We saw players that are ready and players that are doing well domestically buy not ready to step up yet”, Mannetti indicates.

The 2015 Cosafa winning coach however sings praise of Marcell Papama who started in midfield.

“ Seven players got a chance to play for the first time at this level against a Swaziland team that played their first team players and losing at the end by a solitary goal tells you something in terms of experience. Marcell Papama should get special mention though”, said the 2018 CHAN quarterfinalist.

The team will arrive back home by midday on Friday.

Brave Warriors vs Swaziland: Edward Maova, Charles Hambira, Ferdinand Karongee, Riaan Hanamub, Tjinotjiua Tjiuana Tjatindi, Captain Ronald Ketjijere, Petrus Shitembi, Ikuaterua Hoveka, Marcel, Itamunua Keimuine and Mapenzi Muwanei.