Mannetti to change his attacking force

By: Hesron Kapanga

MORULENG: Namibia’s senior national football team coach, Ricardo Mannetti plans to use striker Benson Shilongo in their next game to relieve the team of its lack of scoring.

He said this after the Brave Warriors drew 0-0 with Seychelles on Sunday in their opening match of the Council of Southern African Football Association (Cosafa) Cup underway in South Africa.

The tournament started on Sunday at the Moruleng Stadium in the North West Province of South Africa.

Addressing the media after the game, Mannetti said his team dominated the game but lacked “a special player who can change the game at any given time”.

“One of our strikers, Benson, did not play today because he was playing in a league game for his team in Botswana, but he will be available when we play our next game on Tuesday. I don’t think I can take it anymore seeing a team that creates chances but fails to even convert one goal,” he stated.

Shilongo plays for Gaborone United in Botswana.

Namibia will take on Mauritius at the same stadium on Tuesday at 18h00 Namibian time.

“I will completely change the team. We really need the three points now plus goals in our next game,” he said.

Mannetti is, however, optimistic that they will ‘bounce back’ in their next game.

“All we need is to win against Mauritius and Zimbabwe, because we currently need at least seven points to go through to the next round of the competition and with Benson in the team, I believe we will do better because he has been doing well for his club in Botswana,” stated Mannetti.

National team captain Ronald Katjijere told the media that they want to win against Mauritius and Zimbabwe to qualify for the next round.