Phiri to Join Brave Warriors

Namibia Football Association secretary general Barry Rukoro on Tuesday confirmed that Zambian coach Patrick Phiri had been approached by the NFA to join the Brave Warriors as the ‘first assistant coach’ to Ricardo Mannetti.

According to a report on Supersport.com last week, Phiri will take up the technical aisor post with the Brave Warriors.

“I cannot say much now, but the truth of the matter is that I have received an offer from the Namibian Football Association who have offered me an appointment as technical aisor,” he was quoted as saying.

Rukoro however said his correct title would be that of first assistant coach.

“Pat will be the first assistant coach and Ricardo’s right-hand man. We are now just waiting for his work permit and it should hopefully be ready by next week.”

Rukoro said the position had arisen after assistant coach Ronnie Kanalelo left for South Africa to join Bloemfontein Celtic.

“When Ronnie left for the Free State, we wanted to do something different in terms of growing the knowledge around the team. Whoever we bring on board should be perceived to be more experienced and knowledgeable than the person who departed.”

“We started to look around and the only option we had was to look outside the country. Ronnie was a former African Cup of Nations player and to improve on him we had to go for someone who had done it with a different nation,” he said.

Rukoro said that Ricardo Mannetti would remain head coach and that they were looking at building a long-term relationship with him.

“We are looking at building a very long relationship with Ricardo Mannetti and want to give him all the assistance we can get. We also realised that this new person had to be able to work very well together with Mannetti, so we were looking for someone who is humble and who can help our head coach,” he said.

The 58-year-old Phiri is an experienced coach with extensive knowledge of African football. He coached the Zambian nation team Chipolopolo twice, in 2002-2003 and in 2007-2008 when he took them to the 2008 Afcon finals, while he also coached the Zambian U20 team to its debut appearance at the 1999 FIFA U20 World Cup. He also led Tanzanian club SC Simba to two league titles in two stints at the club in 2004 and 2009, while he most recently coached Zambian Premier League side Green Buffaloes.

Source : The Namibian