Mannetti targets Bafana scalp

Namibia coach Ricardo Mannetti says he would love to get one over his former boss when the Brave Warriors face Bafana Bafana in the COSAFA Cup on Saturday afternoon.

The 38-year-old, who worked under Bafana coach Gordon Igesund during their time together at Santos, was recently appointed as the country’s new national coach and is eyeing a place in the COSAFA Cup semi-finals.

The Namibians have twice got the better of their southern neighbours in their two previous meetings at the competition and they will be feeling confident of making it a third-time lucky as they prepare to face a weakened South Africa squad.

Igesund had initially elected to announce a strong squad for the quarter-final clash, but following a spate of withdrawals of a number of key players, he has been forced to rethink his plans.

And Mannetti feels his side has a real chance of recording a positive result on Saturday, saying: “Anything can happen when Namibia face South Africa because it is always an emotional occasion.

“We have defied the odds to shock Bafana Bafana several times in the COSAFA Cup and I would love to get one over my former boss Gordon.”

Meanwhile, Igesund is under no illusions as to threat the Brave Warriors pose after they held 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winners Nigeria to draw recently.

He said: “It would be foolhardy to take Namibia for granted after they achieved good victories over Mauritius and the Seychelles.

“They held Africa Cup of Nations champions Nigeria in a World Cup qualifier last month and that is sufficient warning for us.”

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