The physical appearance of Swaziland coupled with the seven new players on Thursday contributed to the Brave warriors 1-0 defeat against the host in Manzini in a friendly match last night.
Head coach Ricardo Mannetti is now calling on the development of psychically apt defenders.
In a press release Friday, the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Spokesperson Dan Kamati, said the development of physically strong defenders is Mannetti’s observation after the international friendly match.
The match played as part of Swaziland’s 50th Independence Anniversary in Manzini on Thursday night and he calls on local coaches to do more to help the national team.
“The Physical appearance of Swaziland gave us a lot of problems and I will plead with coaches in the regions to develop and expose tall and big central defenders so that we can compete better on the continent”.
Swaziland got their goal on 93 minute, Mannetti added that despite losing, the idea was to expand the pool of players and that have worked.
“Losing is not a problem as I got to see what others can offer and that is very vital. We experimented against Lesotho and now Swaziland and I’m satisfied with the overall outcome from the two games. We saw players that are ready and players that are doing well domestically but not ready to step up yet”, Mannetti indicated.
The 2015 Cosafa winning coach however sings praise of Marcell Papama who started in midfield.
He said:” Seven players got a chance to play for the first time at this level against a Swaziland team that played their first team players and losing at the end by a solitary goal tells you something in terms of experience. Marcell Papama should get special mention though”, said the 2018 CHAN quarter finalist.
Mannetti played: Edward Maova, Charles Hambira, Ferdinand Karongee, Riaan Hanamub, Tjinotjiua Tjiuana Tjatindi, Captain Ronald Ketjijere, Petrus Shitembi, Ikuaterua Hoveka, Marcel, Itamunua Keimuine and Mapenzi Muwanei.
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