Mannetti Reverses Decision To Quit Namibia

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Written by Peter Pedroncelli

Namibia coach Ricardo Mannetti has decided to reverse his original decision to resign from his post at the end of June, taking up the reigns and leading the southern Africans going forward.

His surprising move to leave the side followed a fantastic title victory at the COSAFA Cup, leaving many pundits in the country disappointed that he would relinquish his duties after such a success.

Mannetti asked to return to his previous position in charge of the youth structures in the country, and was granted that request, but since reversing that decision he is now ready to focus on what lies ahead for Namibia’s Brave Warriors.

The immediate priority includes a 2017 AFCON qualifying Group K, where they will face Niger, Senegal and Burundi in an attempt to secure their place in Gabon at the beginning of 2017.

“First it was two years and now four years and it is about improving this team and challenging the giants of African football. It will be a project and we can’t expect miracles. We need all the support we can get to move forward,” Mannetti admitted, according to AfricanFootball.

“I’m excited about this new journey but overall it is the continuation of the work we started two years ago and we want to keep on making this team better,” he added.

In terms of improving the Namibia national team, the coach revealed that he wishes to add some personnel to the technical department.

“I am looking at having a second assistant coach who can also be the fitness coach, because for us to challenge Africa we need to have more and do more and only then can we compete. I will be headhunting that person and reveal him soon,” Mannetti concluded.