”The aim is to reach the final”: Mannetti

MOGWASE: Brave Warrior coach Ricardo Mannetti has reiterated the team readiness to face Madagascar in the semi-finals of the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) cup.

Namibia will face Madagascar on Thursday at the Moruleng Stadium in the semi-finals for a place in the final game of the tournament on Saturday.

Namibia has been twice in the finals of the tournament in 1997 and 1999. In 1997 the team lost out to Zambia while in 1999 they lost to Angola on an away goal at the independence Stadium.

Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday Mannetti said the Madagascar game is the one that should not be taken lightly.

“We are here on a mission, we have the momentum and I don’t want to break that momentum by underestimating other national teams. I have never disrespected Seychelles or Mauritius that is why we are here and I will definitely not disrespect Madagascar,” said the coach.

He added that Namibia and Madagascar have always found it hard to win against each other but their aim this time around is to win at whatever cost.

“With Madagascar we are going to play and win with whatever tactics we use good or bad, we are prepared to roll our sleeves and play dirty if we have too because the aim is to get to the results and reach the final as this will mean a lot to the players and the nation that has been following the team,” stated Mannetti.

Namibia will take on Madagascar at the Moruleng Stadium on Thursday at 14h30, while Botswana and Mozambique will play in the second semi-finals match of the day at 16h30 Namibian time.

MOGWASE; Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti said Namibia and Madagascar have always found it hard to win against each other.

“With Madagascar, we are going to play and win with whatever tactics we use – good or bad. We are prepared to roll up our sleeves and play dirty if we have to because the aim is to reach the final.

“This will mean a lot to the players and the nation that has been following the team,” he told Nampa here on Tuesday.

Namibia will take on Madagascar on Thursday 14h30 Namibian time in the first semi-final of the 2015 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup underway in South Africa.

In previous matches played between Namibia and the island nation, Madagascar won twice, Namibia once and one draw.

Botswana and Mozambique will feature in the second semi-final match starting at 16h30.

The final is on Saturday.

“We have the momentum and I don’t want to break that momentum by underestimating other national teams. I have never disrespected Seychelles or Mauritius that is why we are here and I will definitely not disrespect Madagascar,” said the coach.

Namibia has been in the final of the tournament twice – in 1997 and 1999. In 1997 it lost to Zambia and in 1999 it lost to Angola.

SOURCE: Nampa