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Mannetti takes charge, Shipanga nurses an injury


by John Tuerijama
Sports

<img alt="\"\"" src="%5C" _cke_saved_src="\"files/images/Mannetti33.jpg\"" style="\"width:" 150px;="" height:="" 108px;\"=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> The Brave Warriors’ assistant coach, Ricardo Manneti steps in as acting coach of the Brave Gladiators, following Brave Gladiators’ head coach, Jacqueline Shipanga’s ligament injury in Germany early last month.<br> The female national soccer team is currently in training camp wherein the former Brave Warriors’ midfield maestro (now BG acting coach), with Jerry Zimmerman’s assistance, will take the ladies through their paces in preparation of their upcoming international friendly match against a German students’ team this coming weekend.<br> Shipanga who was operated on while in Germany is merely doping a supervisory job as she has to visit a physiotherapist on a daily basis.<br> “The Brave Gladiators’ team comprises of players mainly from our colleges and universities and that provides them with the needed exposure,” says the coach adding that the reason for calling up players mainly from the higher learning institutions was because of the Zone VI Confederation of University and College Sport Association (Cucsa) Games to be hosted by Namibia later this month. It would be questionable for them, she says, if they were to recruit all players who are non-university students when the Cucsa Games are themed on institutions of higher learning.<br> “These players need the valuable experience, so they will take on the German students at the SKW Stadium this Saturday,” she says.<br> Shipanga also says there will be a combined team of the national under-20 and Brave Gladiators to take on the German visitors in Swakopmund next week.<br> As part of their preparations, the national under-20 team currently in Germany is expected to return tomorrow (Tuesday) including the German students.<br> The under-20, she says, is preparing for the December Zone Six Youth Games slated for Lusaka, Zambia.<br> According to Shipanga it is imperative to keep the national women football side busy, now that there are no international football commitments and that it is in the interest of the Brave Gladiators since there’s a possibility that Namibia might host the 2014 African Women’s Championships.<br> As for the annual Cosafa Women’s Championships, Shipanga says that she has no idea which country will host this year’s edition and that nothing about the championships has been communicated to them as yet.<br> “ All I know is that it is according to protocol that we receive information regarding that, about two weeks before the championships, thus I really cannot tell you whether or not we will take part. Let’s just wait till we are informed by Cosafa,” she explains.<br> Namibia did not take part in last year’s edition of Cosafa held on Harare, Zimbabwe because the team was in Germany and information regarding the women’s championships came very late.<br> “It’s a good thing that the NFA has programmes in place for the Brave Gladiators that managed to go to Germany because of the bilateral agreement they have with their sister association in Germany,” she states.</p> <p></p>