Mannetti challenges national player’s mentality
The Brave Warriors need to work on their mentality and attitude ahead of the crucial 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers against Mozambique on the 13th and 16th of October away and at home games respectively, head coach Ricardo Mannetti said.
Players need to be on point on Saturday, the 13th of October in Maputo to reach their 10 point target qualification, he said.
“I challenge the guys to change their mindset. We do not need to think about when are we are leaving that country to come back to our comfort zone. We need, and we need to work very hard. We need to give more than the home side and change our away record which does not read well at all,” Mannetti said.
For the qualifications for 2019 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers, Namibia lost 3-0 in Mozambique before winning 3-0 at home and losing on penalties.
Last year in the race to Cameroon 2019 AFCON finals Namibia lost 1-0 at Guinea Bissau.
“We need to fight more, we need to press more, and we need to be ready for whatever Mozambique throw at us. If we can do that, then we can come back home and plan accordingly as well. Our priority now should be the away game which can be huge for us regarding how we go forward as a team mentally,” Mannetti said.
Mannetti announced a 26 men squad which will assemble as of Monday,the 8th of October in Johannesburg before departing for Maputo on Thursday for the Saturday game. They are expected to return to Namibia on Sunday to prepare for the Tuesday, 16 October, 19h00 kickoff.
A notable name in the team is the inclusion of Highlands Park striker Peter Shalulile who makes a return after a lengthy injury that forced him to miss the 2018 Cosafa Cup as well as the one-all draw against Zambia in the AFCON Qualifiers last month.
“We have talent in this team, and with Peter back we can surely do more and the challenge is for the boys to go to Mozambique and do something they have not done before, double their effort and have the right frame of mind to get a good result,” Mannetti said.
The final home game will be against Bissau between 12th and 20th November before they visit Zambia in March 2019.
The group winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 32nd edition of the Total African Cup of Nations to be played in Cameroon.
The CAF Executive Committee recently announced that a final decision on Cameroon 2019 would be taken in late November after the last inspection visit which will involve audit firm Roland Berger and that the tournament, with its new-24 team format, will be held from 15th June to 13th July 2019.