Despite kicking off his tenure as interim boss of the Brave Warriors, former assistant coach, Fillemon Kanalelo still holds hope that Richardo Mannetti will reprise his role as the coach.
Kanalelo’s team bounced back from a first half goal by Zambian striker, Winstone Kalengo to win the match 2-1.
Both of Namibia’s goals came in the second half after a halftime time talk by Kanalelo undoubtedly inspired the boys to dig in their heels.
Winger Willy Stephanus was the first to reply, with a beautifully curled in shot from the left to level things up in the 57th minute. The Namibian side continued to mount the pressure on their Zambian counter parts, and scored their second after striker, Keimuine Hamunua did well to set up Benyamen Nenkavu for a simple tap in.
Namibia could have increased their lead but Keimuine snuffed a glorious chance to make it 3-1 in the 70th minute.
Standing in for the resigned Mannetti, Kanalelo said he will not be setting the team up to defend for the return leg in Zambia.
“We cannot play a tactically defensive game, so with the speed and tactical discipline we have, we have to go at them and try and get something out of the game in Zambia. If we play the way we played in the second half today,” Kanalelo said.
Speaking on Mannetti stepping down, the stand in coach said it was psychological setback on the players. “Richardo was very close to the players, individually and not only when they are in camp. I hope he comes back. I hope the problems will be sorted out. I think he is the right man for the job. I will try and convince him to come back and take his position,” he said.