Chissano salutes Namibian and Mozambican FAs

RUSTENBURG: Mozambique national senior football team coach Joao Antonio Chissano has saluted the Mozambique and Namibia Football Association for having faith in local coaches.

The former Mozambique player who is now the coach of the senior football team said on Thursday at a media briefing after his team qualified to the final of the Cosafa cup that it’s always not easy for a Football Association (FA) to give a job to a local coach, but Mozambique and Namibia had faith in their former footballers.

“Firstly I want to great our two federations the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and Mozambique Football Association for giving two young local coaches an opportunity to coach the senior national team. It is always not easy to have a local coach being put in charge of the national team but they did and we are in the final of Cosafa,” said Chissano.

The Council of Southern African Football Assocition (COSAFA) Cup is currently being played in the North-West Province of South Africa.

The coach added that his aim is to now beat Namibia in the final on Saturday and win the trophy for the first time.

“Ricardo Mannetti is good friend and a colleague, who is a good coach. I greeted him today after his team beat Madagascar. When we play them on Saturday we will face a lot of difficulties because they are a really good team, but despite them being a strong team I am going into this game with only one reason that is to win the Cosafa cup,” he stated.

“The coached joked that he greeted Mannetti when his team won against Madagascar but on Saturday Mannetti will greet me after their game and say congratulation coach for winning the tournament,” joked Chissano.

Chissano echoed that playing at the Cosafa cup is a good exposure for his young players and it will mean a lot to Mozambique’s football if they lift the cup on Saturday.

This will be the fourth time that Namibia and Mozambique will meet in the Cosafa cup. In their previous encounters the teams drew once in 1997 in Maputo then Namibia won 2-1 in 1998 in Windhoek while Mozambique won the other clash 1-0 when the tournament was hosted in Zambia in 2013.

But this will be the first time the two teams will meet in the final of the Cosafa cup and whoever wins this tournament will win it for the first time in its history.

Namibia will play Mozambique in the final of the Cosafa cup on Saturday at the Moruleng Stadium at 16:30 Namibian time.

RUSTENBURG: Mozambique’s senior national football team coach Joao Antonio Chissano has saluted the Mozambican and Namibian football associations for having faith in local coaches.

“I want to commend our two federations – the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and Mozambique Football Association – for giving two young local coaches an opportunity to coach their senior national teams. It is always not easy to have a local coach in charge of the national team but they did and we are now in the final of Cosafa,” said Chissano on Thursday at a media briefing after his team qualified to the final of the Council of Southern African Football Association (Cosafa) Cup.

The Cosafa Cup comes to an end on Saturday in the North West Province of South Africa.

Namibia and Mozambique will play the final match at 16h30 Namibian time.

The coach, also a former footballer like Namibian coach Ricardo Mannetti, said his aim is to beat Namibia and win the trophy for the first time, while keeping in mind that beating Namibia will not be easy.

“Ricardo Mannetti is a good friend and a colleague; he is a good coach. I greeted him today after his team beat Madagascar. When we play them on Saturday, we will face a lot of difficulties because they (Namibia) are a really good team, but despite that I am going into this game with only one reason and that is to win the Cosafa Cup,” he said.

Chissano noted that playing at the Cosafa Cup is a good exposure for his young players and it will mean a lot to Mozambique’s football if they lift the trophy on Saturday.

This will be the fourth time that Namibia and Mozambique meet in the Cosafa Cup.

The teams drew once in 1997 in Maputo; Namibia won 2-1 in 1998 in Windhoek and Mozambique won 1-0 when the tournament was hosted in Zambia in 2013.

This will, however, be the first time the two teams meet in the final of the Cosafa Cup, and whoever wins this tournament will win it for the first time in its history.

SOURCE: NAMPA