Benjamin joins Brave Warriors technical team

Former Brave Warriors player Collin Benjamin has been added to the Brave Warriors technical team ahead of the 8 September game against Zambia, head coach Ricardo Mannetti has confirmed.

The game is scheduled to take place at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

Benjamin is the Hopsol Youth League founder who also played for German Bundesliga side Hamburg SV for 10 years before becoming an assistant coach with second division side 1860 Munich, Mannetti said.

“Benjamin is not new to the soccer team and has many years of experience. We have decided to bring in Collin to add value to the technical team in this critical period to qualify for the AFCON for the third time in Cameroon next year. I expect positivity. I expect value addition from them. They are guys who have grown under me that is something we should remember. No matter what happens, we have a close bond. As long as positivity and value addition is a concern I expect leadership on and off the pitch from them,” Mannetti said.

He added that the team is playing at home and Namibians have not seen the team play for some time and energy at the Sam Nujoma Stadium will filter down to the pitch.

Mannetti also said that he expects the team to will play much better than it did at COSAFA and CHAN Championships.

Accepting the call-up, Benjamin said he is ready to work hand in hand with all the players and team management.

“I consider this actually as a call-up from my country. If Namibia calls, you have to answer that call. I am much honoured to be part of this quest,” he said.

This will be the third meeting between the two neighbours this year having drawn 1-1 at the African Nations Championships in Morocco, and Zambia edging their COSAFA Cup quarter-final 4-3 following a goalless stalemate in South Africa.

Namibia and Zambia are on zero points in Group K after losing by the same 1-0 score lines away to Guinea Bissau and at home against Mozambique respectively, in June last year.