Brave Warriors to start Afcon preps in May

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Rehoboth – The Brave Warriors will start preparing for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in May.

The games will take place in Egypt from 21 June to 19 July and will see Namibia make their third appearance in the competition. They are drawn in Group D with Morocco, South Africa and Ivory Coast.

In a statement issued on Saturday, coach Ricardo Mannetti said their goal is to win Namibia’s first Afcon.

“We will try to win a game and see how it goes… Anything can happen at these finals,” he said.

He further said the Brave Warriors will try to enjoy themselves and make Namibia proud.

“It is a perfect draw for the underdogs. They will not focus on us but on themselves and this is exactly where I want to be,” Mannetti was quoted as saying.

Preparations for the competition will start next month after the Namibia Premier League is concluded.

“We will start our preparations on 26 May in one of Egypt’s neighbouring countries. We need to make sure we prepare under the same conditions as it will be very hot in Egypt,” Mannetti said.

The Brave Warriors will be based in Cairo and will open their account in Group D against Morocco on 23 June, before taking on South Africa on 28 June.

Both matches will be at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo. They will play the final group game against Ivory Coast on 01 July at the Cairo International Stadium.

Mannetti said they will need to be around other countries so they can easily play friendlies with minimal travelling. He said their camping destination near Egypt is yet to be confirmed.

For the 32nd Afcon edition, 24 teams are drawn into six groups of four teams each. After the group stage, the top two teams and the four third-best teams will advance to the Round of 16. - Nampa

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