Mannetti calls 29 players for Botswana friendly
Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti called up 29 players into the training camp in preparation for an international friendly match against Botswana on 30th September in Gaborone.
The friendly will be part of Botswana’s independence celebrations.
It will be used by the Namibians to give game time to both the Under 23s for their qualifiers match in November as well as the Brave Warriors for their 2019 AFCON Qualifiers against Mozambique on 13 October away in Maputo and on 16th October at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Although 14 of the summoned players are Under-23s, Mannetti said that they would be present merely for exposure and training purposes.
The senior players will make 80% of the 90 minutes’ game time, provided no serious injuries occur.
“This is the only friendly before we face Mozambique. We, however, plan on setting camp in South Africa hereafter because it’s much easier to get most of the players to either Johannesburg or Pretoria in preparations for our away match,” he said.
He added that that winning is not a priority in this match, but that match fitness will be the focus point.
Mannetti also said that there have previously been complaints about the team not having match fit players to qualify.
“I believe they have to put fitness first especially if they want to narrow the gap between the local players and foreign-based players who get to play every other day,” he said.
The players are: Ratanda Mbazuvara; Vipua Tjimune ;Abel Paulus; Larry Horaeb; Vitapi Ngaruka; Emilio Martin; Donovan Kanjaa; Kennedy Eib; Charles Hambira; Lubeni Haukongo; Approcious Petrus; Baloyi Tsandib; Brandon Neibeb; Pandeni Kandjabanga; Benyamen Nenkavu; Ronald Ketjijere; Marcel Papama ;Anthony Kham ;Romeo Kasume; Hiha Katjivena; Petrus Shitembi; Absalom Iimbondi; Lucky Heita; Muna Katupose ;Sadney Urikhob; Jandja Maharero; Brendon Katoungondo; Rivaldo Sergio Festus and Dynamo Fredericks.