Brave Warriors prep for COSAFA Cup
Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti today concluded his 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers training and will start with the 2015 COSAFA Cup training camp on Monday before departing for Pretoria for another week of training at the High Performance Centre.
Brave Warriors head coach Ricardo Mannetti said he was satisfied with the talent he saw during the three weeks in the different groups and towards the end of the week will release the local-based players that will start camp for COSAFA Cup on Tuesday.
“I have had a number of players to assess and they have all really pushed themselves to catch the eye. We can only have a limited number of players but it is motivating for me as a coach to see that we have quite a good pool of players ready to play for the team whenever they get a call,” Mannetti indicated.
The coach explained that some players have been in all three or two training groups due to various issues. “Some players have been with me since the first week and others not, due to club football commitments and injuries. But overall the idea has worked and I have seen enough players. Now I have to call up the COSAFA team and we will have a week here before going to Pretoria where foreign-based players will join us.”
Namibia’s Cosafa Cup Fixtures are as follows: 17 May – Namibia vs Seychelles 15h00 Moruleng; 19 May – Namibia vs Mauritius 19h30 Moruleng; 21 May – Namibia vs Zimbabwe 17h00 Moruleng. In the CHAN playoffs, Namibia have been paired against Zambia and the first leg matches are scheduled for the weekend of 19-21 June with the return leg slated for 3-5 July in Lusaka.
The winner of the Namibia-Zambia meeting will take on the winner of the Mozambique vs Seychelles preliminary round encounter, for a place in Rwanda 2016. Here is the list of players seen on Wednesday: Willy Stephanus and Ananias Gebhardt and Heinrich Isaacks (Black Africa), Charles Uirab, Valton van Staden, Brain Gurirab, Nicky Musambani (Orlando Pirates), Wangu Gome, Peter Stevens and Sydney Urikhob (Civics), Benyamin Nenkavu, Kennedy Amutenya, Absalom Iimbondi, Lloyd Kazapua (Tigers), Dennis Ngueza, Edwin Korukuve, Ferdinand Karongee, Robert Nganjone and Joslin Kamatuka (African Stars) Alfons Xoagub (Julinho Sporting ), Miguel Manaza (United Stars), Edward Amugongo (Young Chiefs) and Joseph Kuukongelwa (UNAM).