Mannetti Busy With Class of ’98 Magic, Says Hindjou

Former Brave Warriors legendary box-to-box midfielder Congo Hindjou says the fighting spirit, fearlessness and overall determination of the modern-day Brave Warriors reminds him of their heyday when Namibia rewrote southern Africa’s football history books between 1997 and 1999.

Namibia reached the semifinals of this year’s Cosafa Cup after Ricardo Mannetti became Namibia’s first coach to beat Zambia in Cosafa Cup history, when the Brave Warriors edged the defending champions by 5-4 on penalties following a goalless draw in regulation time at the Moruleng Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Speaking to New Era Sport yesterday, Hindjou, who was part of the Brave Warriors squad that finished as Cosafa Cup runners-up in 1997 and 1999, hailed coach Mannetti and his charges for their inspiring performance at the ongoing Cosafa Cup in South Africa, which saw them waltzing past four-time champions Zimbabwe and reigning champions Zambia in astounding fashion.

“Our start was a bit shaky but the boys grew ger and ger with each game and their companionship is really commendable. They are fighting as a team, they are fearless, determined and hungry for success, this team’s character reminds me of our days,” says a reminiscing Hindjou.

While Namibia sits in the semifinals awaiting the winner of the match Mozambique and Malawi, which took place last night, Hindjou remains adamant that whoever comes the way of the no-nonsense Brave Warriors on Thursday will be given a decent run for their money.

“Be it Malawi or Mozambique, I expect a fierce battle because our boys are now very confident more than ever and want to go all the way and hopefully win the competition. I gly believe in Mannetti’s technical ability and with the experience of assistant coach Ronny Kanalelo, I fully throw my weight behind the boys to go all the way to the final,” said Hindjou.

Source : New Era