Brave Warriors to resume training Wednesday

WINDHOEK; Namibia’s senior national football team will resume training Wednesday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, ahead of its match against Niger in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.

The Brave Warriors arrived home on Sunday evening after winning the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup on Saturday at the Moruleng Stadium in South Africa.

The regional tournament was hosted in the North West Province from 17 to 30 May.

Namibia beat Mozambique 2-0 in the final to lift the regional trophy for the first time.

Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, national team coach Ricardo Mannetti said he has to give the players some days off to spend time with their friends and family ahead of their trip to Niger.

“The Cosafa Cup was very long and players really deserve the time with persons close to their hearts for a day or two and then return to training Wednesday morning in preparation for the Afcon qualifiers,” he said.

The coach added that the team will travel to South Africa on Saturday, where they will spend a few days training in Pretoria at a high performance centre before travelling to Niger.

“We have a very hectic schedule in June because after our Niger trip, we will play Zambia in the African Nations Championship (Chan) on 21 June and two weeks later, we will travel to Zambia for the return-leg of Chan. We really need to prepare very well,” stated Mannetti.

Asked about the renewal of his contract with the Namibia Football Association, the coach said he is still waiting for the contract to be drafted.

“I still haven’t received my new offer and when that comes, I can then decide if I like the contract or not or if there are certain things that I don’t agree with.

“Maybe I might have certain demands that should be included in the contract but apart from that, I cannot say anything about my contract because they’re still to give it to me,” he said.