Mannetti takes aim at next tournaments after AFCON exit

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Timo Shihepo

Windhoek - Namibia’s national team coach Ricardo Mannetti has accused his players of being immature and has urged them to use their 2019 African Cup of Nations early exit experience for upcoming tournaments.

Brave Warriors crashed out of the group stages after losing 1-0 to both Morocco and South Africa before being humbled by Ivory Coast 4-1.

It means the Brave Warriors have extended their record of not winning a single match at Africa’s highest continental football tourney after also failing to win in 1998 and 2008.

At this year’s tournament currently taking place in Egypt, Namibia played some good football but was let down by inability to finish off some of the chances they created.

After the match against Ivory Coast, which signaled the end of their campaign, the usually calm Mannetti did not hold back in his post-tournament interview.
He said he expected his key players to deliver and they did not pitch up. He said the team created chances but could not score and that at this level, a team will lose if it doesn’t score out of 100 chances.

“You can’t compete against the best and not come to the party. We have dominated some aspects of games here and we just couldn’t kill of games and that was terrible. It is high time players take responsibility and do their part,” he said.

Mannetti was angry by the fact that his players were not too clinical.

“We have to be clinical. I’m disappointed because we made them look average and then we allowed them to make us look like high school kids and that is not right at all, too contrasting. We gave them opportunities to score and that is unacceptable.”

The Brave Warriors coach said his side was not good enough and the players must use the experience from the AFCON campaign to improve for the next project.

Namibia will look to use the experience they obtained from this year’s AFCON when they play Comoros in the second round of Confederation of Africa Football African Nations Championship (CHAN)  later this month.

He will also hope that his team will be ready once the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup begin.   

 

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