Mannetti appoints Ouseb as second assistant coach

WINDHOEK: Former Namibian national football star Mohammed ‘Slice’ Ouseb has been appointed as second assistant coach to national coach Ricardo Mannetti.

Mannetti made the announcement on Monday in the capital.

The first assistant coach is Ronnie Kanalelo.

Ouseb, Mannetti and Kanalelo are from the famous 1998 national squad, which became the first Namibian team to qualify for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Nations Cup in that year.

Ouseb plied his trade for his home-town team Chief Santos in Tsumeb, from where he graduated to the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) and starred for Kaizer Chiefs (KC) and Moroko Swallows, and then Norway’s FC Lyn Oslo.

He was even chosen as Kickoff ‘Player of the Season’ in the tough PSL during the 98/99 period, likewise collecting club accolades along the way.

Mannetti said he had selected Ouseb because he wants to work with people who have already been ‘there’ in the game of football, as well as for his knowledge of the game, which the current players could tap into.

Ouseb will be involved with the senior team and all junior teams.

He told Nampa after the announcement that his appointment is the opportunity he had been waiting for, and he welcomes it with open arms.

“I have been out of the game for a while, but the opportunity offered to me is a new learning platform, and I believe my experience will also help in the development of our national team players,” Ouseb stated.

He added that with the assistance of his former national team mates Mannetti and Kanalelo, he will “hit the ground running”.