Brave Warriors coach, Ricardo Mannetti, has shut down debate on the exclusion from the national team the trio of Lazarus Kaimbi, Tangeni Shipahu and Manfred Starke,
saying calls for their inclusion in the squad to face Zambia next month are being made by people who do not understand the game.
Debate has been raging over the past couple of months on why Mannetti continues to exclude the likes of Thailand based stars Kaimbi and Shipahu as well as Starke who has been scoring for fun in the German third tier division with FC Carl Zeiss Jena
Other players that have been overlooked by Mannetti in the last two years include Finland based Willy Stephanus and Sadney Urikhob, who plays club football in Indonesia Super League (ISL) for Persatuan Sepak Bola Medan dan Sekitarnya (PSMS Medan).
An irritated Mannetti said on Tuesday that he was tired of being questioned about the players’ exclusion.
“Did you do your research very well? If you did, then you would not be asking me this question. Where is Kaimbi playing? Tell me. Kaimbi has not played football for two years. As I have said before, I will only work with players that I have worked with for the past three years,” Mannetti said.
Asked about Manfred’s future with the national team, Mannetti had no kind words for the rising star in German football.
“Hotto took Manfred’s place after I had called him up four times. Every time we called him he always had an excuse such as an injury or moving to a different club,” Mannetti said.
The 2015 COSAFA Cup winning coach said “just because Manfred has scored three goals” everyone wants him to be called up for the national team.
“I have won the COSAFA Cup and the COSAFA Plate with Hotto and he is currently playing well at Bidvest Wits (South Africa Absa Premiership). I have never worked with Manfred before.”
Mannetti has since included Urikhob and Stephanus in his squad to face Zambia, but the likes of Willem Mwedihanga and Chris Katjiukua have lost out because they have struggled to get game time for their teams.
Asked why he has recalled Stephanus, a player that went AWOL after the first leg encounter between Namibia and Zambia during the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers match in Windhoek to attend trials in Vietnam, Mannetti said Stephanus’ case is special.
“Stepanus made a public apology. Urikhob also told me that he wanted to play. I have worked with these players before,” Mannetti said.
Both Namibia and Zambia will be searching for their first points in Group K when they meet in Windhoek on 8 September after the two teams suffered defeats in their opening group matches.
Namibia lost 1-0 away to Guinea-Bissau on 10 June, while Zambia surprisingly also lost 1-0 to Mozambique in Lusaka on 10 June.
Below is the full list of Brave Warriors players to face Zambia in the upcoming AFCON 2019 qualifier:
Maximillian Mbaeva, Virgil Vries, Ratanda Mbazuvara, Donovan Kanjaa, Larry Horaeb, Tiberius Lombard, Charles Hambira, Danzyl Haoseb, Vitapi Ngaruka, Riaan !Hanumub, Gerhardt Ananias, Petrus Shitembi, Ronald Ketjijere, Dynamo Fredericks, Wangu Babtista Gome, Immanuel Heita, Absalom Iimbondi, Deon Hotto, Willy Stephanus, Marcel Papama, Hendrick Somaeb, Muna Katupose, Sadney Urikhob, Benson Shilongo and Itamunua Keimuine.