Brave Warriors to Host Swaziland On 10 September

With major revamp plans on the cards for the senior national team, the Brave Warriors will be hosting Swaziland on 10 September 2014 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in an international friendly to herald in a new era.

The match is not to be missed as coach Ricardo Mannetti is tasked with the rebuilding of the senior national team and is expected to make almost wholesome changes to the team that featured in the 2015 AFCON qualifiers.

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) is planning more international friendly games for the Brave Warriors and more training camps to ensure that the coach and players get a clear understanding of each other as they embark upon a new journey to continental and world football competition.

Mannetti is expected to announce the team on Monday, 1 September 2014.

Major revamp for Brave Warriors

The Brave Warriors have entered a rebuilding phase in terms of the crop of players following a dismal 2015 AFCON qualifiers campaign and only active players will be considered for the national team going forward.

Namibia Football Association (NFA) Secretary General Barry Rukoro said the time had come for the Brave Warriors to realign their mission in world football and bold technical decisions, fully supported by the authority, will be the way to go.

“We are starting a new chapter in our journey and therefore we have a new approach. We need to have players that command regular places at their respective clubs, players who fight for places to play. They can play anywhere, in the Namibia Premier League, first divisions and even South African first division. We can no longer have players just because they are professionals but they don’t play regular football. We need to change our way of thinking,” Rukoro said.

Rukoro reckons there is enough time for the Brave Warriors to implement the new plan.

“We are out of the 2015 AFCON qualifiers at the hands of Congo and we now have some time before any competitive football is on the cards. We are looking at the players that formed part of a training camp in Ghana recently and also whoever else the technical team thinks can add value and be part of the new plans for the team.”

The youngsters will not just be thrown into the deep end as some seniors players will be around as well.

“Of course, we cannot just have a new group without players that can aise them and ensure they settle in. Senior players who are regular professionals are surely up for selection. But again, the selection of players lies with the coach and the technical team but our plan is very simple, its time to move on.

“The young players have the 2015 All-Africa Games and the 2016 Olympic Qualifiers to look forward to, so this can be a good springboard for them to establish themselves and gain the necessary experience. They have proven they want to succeed and they need our support and ideal platforms to do that and more,” explained Rukoro.


Source : The Namibian