We Are On a Mission to Make the Nation Proud – Mannetti

Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti said his players will be ready and competitive when they step onto the field for their Cosafa semi-final clash against Madagascar on Thursday.

He said what people must know is that it was not easy playing four games in seven days, but added that his players will now have three days to rest ahead of the next game.

“Within the three days, players will be re-energised and ready to fight for a spot in the finals. Our mission of coming here was to play and hopefully win the cup for the first time.

“If we get to the finals anything is possible we just want to make our nation proud,” the coach told Nampa here on Monday.

Namibia will face Madagascar in the semifinals after they beat Ghana 2-1 in their quarterfinal match of the 2015 Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup on Monday afternoon.

Namibia beat defending champions Zambia 5-4 on penalties in their quarterfinal clash on Sunday to reach the semi-finals of the Cosafa Cup.

The 2015 edition of the Cup is being played in the North West Province of South Africa.

Mannetti further said they are on the verge of making history.

“In football, anything can happen and I have full confidence in my team beating whoever we play at the tournament, but we should take every game seriously and respect our opponents,” he said.

The coach added that the time had come for his team to overturn their score margins in games.

“Beating Zambia, who won the Cosafa Cup four times, does not mean we are champions. We will now play a different game when we take on Madagascar,” he said.

Mannetti said that in their next match they must score enough goals to take them to the final, adding: “I know we are capable of doing that.”


Source : The Namibian