Brave Warriors to face Congo Brazzaville

WINDHOEK: The Brave Warriors are set to play against Congo-Brazzaville on 17 and 31 May in qualifying matches for the 2015 Confederations of African Football (CAF) Nations Cup.

The draw for the 2015 CAF Nations Cup finals to be hosted in Morocco next year was held at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday.

Namibia was drawn in Group A with Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan, but will need to go past Congo-Brazzaville first. The winner will then go up against Libya or Rwanda in order to advance to the 2015 CAF Nations Cup finals in Morocco.

In a media statement released by the Namibian Football Association (NFA) on Sunday, Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti was quoted as saying his team has come a long way in the past two years and will have to focus on the preliminary first round tie against Congo-Brazzaville before they can think of the second round and finally, the probable Group A ties against Sudan, Nigeria and South Africa.

Speaking to Nampa on Monday, the coach added that at the moment, they have two hurdles to jump.

“Our focus right now is winning one game at a time before thinking of either Libya or Rwanda, but going through Congo-Brazzaville is the first hurdle. Their (Congo-Brazzaville) team is made up mostly of local-based players, and four of them play for their local club AC Leopards, a team that knocked Kaizer Chiefs out of the CAF Champions League,” said Mannetti.

The coach added that he knows a lot about Congo-Brazzaville, who have 14 players plying their trade in European leagues such as in France, Belgium, Portugal, Turkey and Russia and he is aware the team appointed Frenchman Claude Le Roy in December.

Le Roy led Cameroon to the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations title, and has also coached other African nations such as Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ghana.

The Brave Warriors will face Congo-Brazzaville in Windhoek on 17 May and in Brazzaville on 31 May.

Mannetti indicated that they are liaising with the league to have selected players in camp for at least two weeks.