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Senior national football team, Brave Warriors, coach Ricardo Mannetti is wary of Zimbabwe ahead of their clash in the 2015 Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup.

The draw for the 15th edition of the Cosafa Cup was conducted last week Thursday in South Africa and Namibia was drawn in Group A alongside Seychelles, Mauritius and Zimbabwe.

The cup competition returns a year after the successful staging of the 2013 edition in Zambia that was won by the home side.

Speaking to Nampa on Friday, Mannetti said Namibia is in a group of teams whose rankings can fool people.

“We have already played against all the teams in our group and we know we can do better from our previous encounters. Zimbabwe, which is ranked under us has not been active at the international level for a while, but they have a g squad that can defeat any team,” said Mannetti.

The 2015 COSAFA Cup tournament will be staged in South Africa’s North West province from May 17-30.

“The FIFA rankings do not make a difference on the football field. All we should be concerned about is how to pick a good team that can take us through the to the next round of the competition,” he stated.

He added that the time has come for the Brave Warriors to start competing at events instead of just partaking.

“My goal is to at least reach the next stage of the competition, like the quarter, semi or even the finals of the Cosafa cup. It will be very difficult for us to win the Afcon or even qualify for the continental tournament. But the best we can do now is to at list do better in the Cosafa cup, because we will be competing with our southerly neighbours and what is the best way to win a competition if not the Cosafa cup,” echoed Mannetti.

Below are the Cosafa Cup groups:

Group A Namibia Zimbabwe Seychelles and Mauritius.

Group B consist of Lesotho Tanzania Madagascar and Swaziland

West African powerhouse Ghana and East African nation Tanzania will be the guest teams replacing COSAFA sides Angola and Comoros Islands, who will not be competing this year.

The competition will be played in the same format as the 2013 competition, with the eight lowest ranked sides according to the February 2015 International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) World Rankings playing in the opening group stage.

COSAFA Cup holders Zambia will wait to find out their opponents as they take on the winner of Group A, while hosts South Africa will square-up against neighbours Botswana in their quarterfinal on May 25.


Source : The Namibian