Mannetti Reacts to 2015 Nations Cup Qualifiers Draw

Passion will be key for the Brave Warriors when they start their quest to qualify for 2015 Confederations of African Football (CAF) Nations Cup finals in Morocco with a first round fixture against the Congo on May 17.

This was the view of Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti who was reacting to the qualification draw that was held on Sunday afternoon in Cairo, Egypt.

Mannetti said the Brave Warriors had come a long way in the past two years and will have to focus on the preliminary first round tie against Congo before they can think of the second round with Group A ties against Sudan, Nigeria and South Africa.

“We have to start at the beginning. People should not be talking about Nigeria and South Africa now. We have to face Congo and I knew from the start that it was going to be a tough draw and so it is. We have to play well and get the goals at home against Congo because it will not be easy in Brazzaville,” he said.

The coach said he will build on the little knowledge that he has about the opposition as the race to Morocco starts in May.

“I don’t know much but I know that they (Congo) have players in France and they are a good side. We have a chance to overcome them and I believe the first leg being at home will be an aantage we have to take control of. The team will be ready and the supporters have to come out and fuel the passion for the team to play and win. The players need to have passion and hunger to win,” he urged.

The Brave Warriors will face Congo Brazzaville on 17 May in Windhoek before the return leg in Brazzaville on 31 May. The aggregate winners aance to the second round to face either Libya or Rwanda.

If Namibia do win, they will be at home yet again in the first leg on 19 July with the return leg scheduled for 2 August. The aggregate winners aance to Group A where Nigeria, Sudan and South Africa await.

The group matches will be played on 5-6 September and 10 September 10-11 October and 15 October 14-15 November and 19 November. Eventually, the group winners and runners-up will go through to the 2015 finals, as will the best third-placed side and the hosts Morocco.

Source : The Namibian