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Mannetti Has Officially Replaced


Namibia's coach Ricardo Mannetti reacts during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Group D football match between South Africa and Namibia at the Al Salam Stadium in the Egyptian capital Cairo on 28 June 2019. (Photo by Khaled Desouki).
The ending of AFCON 2019 in Egypt has wakened a strange wave that resulted in several coaches losing their jobs, added to the coaches of hosting country Egypt, Tanzania, Guinea, Cameroon, and Uganda also losing their posts in the wake of disappointing fallout and returns from the tournament.

NAMIBIA

The 44-year-old Mannetti departed the post after five years in charge of Namibia's Brave Warriors — an unusually long tenure by African standards — and was replaced by the interim coach Bobby Samaria and his technical assistant Jacobs on 14 July 2019. It now confirmed that Ricardo Mannetti his contract will not be renewed after Namibia lost all three group games.


According to Mannetti, he conceded that the team was ''not good enough'' to compete at the Africa Cup of Nations after their campaign ended with a 4-1 defeat to Cote d’Ivoire.  ''Our best is not good enough''. ''We had at one stage the best players on the pitch, technically gifted … I think we still have a long way to go. It’s not good enough at all for this level,” said Mannetti.  ''As far as I’m concerned, it’s just immaturity from our side,” Mannetti concluded.

Namibian sports gurus and football experts like former Midlefielder of Brave Warriors Lolo Goraseb who was part of the national team in 1998, strongly believed that Ricardo Mannetti has carefully selected the best players to represent the country at Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt. The reality is up to the coach and the technical team to select those players and we have to support whatever decision they make because they know better,” said Goraseb.

However,  Mannetti's final selection was banished by some Brave Warriors' supporters and critics saying that Mannetti has dropped off some good players who have more experiences and international composure as well as exposure, despite the circumstance they are in. The prominent defenders like Chris Katjiukua, who plays for Black Leopards in the South African premiership, former Kaizer Chiefs goalie Virgil Vries and the most reliable defender Tiberius Lombard as well as striker Lazarus Kaimbi at Pahang FA in Malaysia, were omitted. Their exclusion has seen upcoming talents such as Ivan Kamberipa, Charles Hambapira and goalie Ratanda Mbazuvara stepping in and winning themselves places in the Afcon squad.

At least but not last, nobody knew the future of Ricardo Mannetti, but there are rumors that one of the South African football clubs is considering to offer him a coaching post. 

CAMEROON

The Cameroon Football Federation sacked coach Clarence Seedorf and his technical assistant Patrick Kluivert, the announcement done live on TV which was a humiliating thing. The pairs are paying the price for the lack of maintaining discipline and defending champions' last 16 exits at the Africa Cup of Nations. "He's shown great difficulty in managing the squad and imposing order and discipline. He's not fit for this job."  "Our exit from the Africa Cup of Nations in the last 16 confirmed the Coach's inability to build a winning team'' said Narcisse Mouelle Kombi

Cameroon crashed out 3-2 to Nigeria last on 06 July 2019, an exit the federation described as "premature" in its statement. Former Dutch international Seedorf won just three of nine competitive games after taking over the Indomitable Lions alongside Kluivert last August.

The federation is now hunting for a team manager to prepare the national side for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations which they are hosting. Seedorf, a former AC Milan, and Real Madrid midfielder enjoyed a decorated sports career on the pitch. But his transition into management has come with a steep learning curve.


GUINEA

Paul Put was fired by Guinean sports body despite his side reaching the last 16, Guinea lost to Algeria (3-0), have imploded the Guinean decision, which announced officially the dismissal of coach Paul Put. The results of the Belgian coach were considered insufficient, with only three victories out of 12 games. But it may not be that the balance sheet that poses a problem … "I know things," wrote Ibrahima Traoré on July 10, in a mysterious message on Twitter.

Things obviously not very glorious. The player Borussia Mönchengladbach confirmed on Monday the rumors of racketeering bonuses within the team. "I saw that these stories of racketeering within the Syli National have come out a lot, and having experienced it from the inside, I think I needed to clarify this story a little bit. echoes happen to me and I was fortunate to have had the trust of the people who have suffered this because it is a fact, "says the captain of Guinea in a media interview 100 percent Foot Show.


EGYPT

The head of the Egyptian Football Association, Hany Abu Reida, resigned hours after the Pharaohs' elimination from the African Nations Cup.  He also invited all members of the EFA board to resign and sacked the coaching team led by Mexican Javier Aguirre.  "This decision comes as a moral responsibility although the Football Association did not neglect its duties towards the national squad and offered complete financial and moral support to it," Abu Reida said.

He added that all the technical team of the Pharaohs also fired for "disappointing" Egyptian football fans.  Egypt, the most successful team in football history, suffered a stunning 1-0 defeat by South Africa in a round-of-16 clash. The Pharaohs, who have claimed the title a record seven times, had been one of the hot favorites to win the tournament. Egypt had maintained a perfect record in Group A fixtures at the competition, having won all three matches against Zimbabwe, Congo, and Uganda. Egyptians had hoped that their team, led by Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, would easily claim a record-extending eighth title. Several members of the EFA have resigned in response to Abu Reida's call, the federation said on its Facebook page.

UGANDA

Uganda has parted company with coach Sebastien Desabre despite performing above expectations at the Africa Cup of Nations where they reached the last 16. The Ugandan Football Federation (FUFA) said in a statement that it had "mutually agreed" to end the Frenchman's contract. "The reasons for termination of the employment contract are for the benefit and growth of both parties," it said. Desabre is the second coach to part company with his team at the tournament after hosts Egypt sacked Javier Aguirre immediately following their shock elimination against South Africa in the round of 16.

Uganda's announcement was surprising as Desabre had led the team into the knockout round for the first time in 41 years and had spoken about the importance of developing football in the country. Desabre told ESPN before the tournament that Uganda had "succeeded in producing good football, in scoring goals, qualifying rather early for the competition... there's been an evolution with the team, because I made strong choices in terms of preparation, hotels, logistics, with staff, as well, with the medical team".

Uganda, playing a bold attacking game, beat the Democratic Republic of Congo in their opening game, outplayed hosts Egypt despite losing 2-0, and gave Senegal a run for their money in the round of 16 before losing 1-0.  "FUFA recognizes the contribution by Mr. Desabre for the improvement of the sporting and professional organization of the Uganda Cranes inclusive of qualification to the AFCON 2019 Finals and also to the Round of 16," the statement said. Before being appointed by Uganda in December 2017, he had coached clubs in Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates.

TANZANIA
Tanzania has fired their national team coach Emmanuel Amunike after they failed to win a game at the Africa Cup of Nations and exited at the group stage. Amunike took over last August and helped them qualify for the finals for the first time in 39 years. “Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) and the coach of the national team, the Tarifa Stars, Emmanuel Amunike, have jointly agreed to terminate our contract,” the TFF said in a statement on their website. “Interim coaches will be announced later after an emergency executive committee.”

Tanzania lost to Algeria, Kenya and Senegal in Group C in Egypt, scoring just two goals while conceding eight. Their 3-2 defeat to northern neighbours Kenya was particularly disappointing as they gave up the lead twice. Following that loss, Amunike said the team needed exposure to stronger competition and that players needed to be in more competitive leagues for them to develop. Only three members of the squad are based in Europe — Blackpool’s Adi Yussuf, Racing Genk’s Mbwana Samatta and Faridi Mussa, who plays in the lower tier of the Spanish league. The squad also had 14 members plying their trade in the domestic league.



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