Benjamin explains Brave Warriors snub

Brave Warriors second assistant coach Collin Benjamin says the country's football structures need a positively structured, adequate and rigid approach as a basis for a new beginning for the team to succeed going forward.

Speaking to Nampa following the news that he turned down the opportunity to lead the Brave Warriors against The Comoros in the 2020 African Nations Championship, Benjamin said he cherishes to be coach of the team one day.

Mentality will be key to ensure success for the Brave Warriors. To stand in as a fireman is not the most expedient solution. It is however understandable that the NC don't want to commit themselves at this juncture, he explained.

He further added that he remains loyal to the country and would like to contribute positively in the future success of the team.

I am as Namibian as Pap and Kapana and would cherish the opportunity to be the coach of our beloved National Soccer team, the Brave Warriors one day, he concluded.

His response follows reports from the chairperson of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA)'s Normalisation Committee (NC) at the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Hilda Basson-Namundjebo who told to Nampa on Thursday that Benjamin had turned down the opportunity to lead the team.

Basson-Namundjembo added that the Brave Warriors will get a new interim coach by Monday next week after designated coach Collen Benjamin rejected the position.

She was quoted by this news agency as saying (Collen) Benjamin declined the offer. But we are talking to a number of other coaches. By Monday we will know who accepted. It is not a crisis. It will be an interim coach for the Chan matches, Basson-Namundjebo.

Namibia faces the Comoros in the next two weeks, in Moron before playing the return leg in the first week of August for a place in the third round of qualifiers.

The Brave Warriors played in the 2018 Chan tournament in Morocco where they lost in the quarterfinals to host and eventual winners.

Brave Warriors' most successful coach, Ricardo Mannetti's contract � the man who also led the team to a disappointing African Cup of Nations in Egypt this month � was not renewed.

Like others eyeing the most sought-after coaching position in Namibia, Mannetti has been advised to apply for the post.

It remains unclear why Mannetti's contract was allowed to run out, despite having achieved all objectives that NFA put before him six years ago.

Source: Namibia Press Agency