Well done warriors - President
...Cabinet gives each player N$50 000
By Staff Reporter
Ricardo Mannetti might have successfully coached the Brave Warriors to a stunning victory at the just ended 2015 Council of Southern Africa Football Association, COSAFA, but it was his run onto the pitch that got Namibians hooked to their television sets throughout the country as the Brave Warriors celebrated their 2-0 victor against Mozambique.
When President Hage Geingob
hosted lunch at State House for the
Brave Warriors on Wednesday, he
had everybody laughing when he
too skillfully imitated the Brave
"The Brave Warriors have never
stopped fighting and the nation
has never stopped believing," said
President Geingob. "We have followed
our brave footballers as
they have progressed during the
2015 COSAFA cup.
"With each match, the expectations
increased until the moment
of those climatic scenes at the
Moruleng Stadium on 30 May
2015 when victory was made possible.
Congratulations for your
hard work and fighting spirit. It
has paid off.
"This is only the beginning
though. With success come great
expectations. You have excelled
and set a national footballing
benchmark by bringing back that
glittering COSAFA trophy.
"As I have said, we should banish
the days when we were happy
to just participate in tournaments.
We have to compete to win and
you have proven to us that this is
The President warned the players
not to let their successes go to
their heads to avoid making mistakes
of years gone by. In 1998,
the Brave Warriors were lauded
when they displayed their football
skills as they played against Ivory
But instead of building on their
success, the coaches, trainers and
players believed that they had arrived
and could compete with the
big boys. They shifted their focus
on salaries, importance and popularity.
"Basketball coach Rick Pitino
has summed up what I am talking
about best when he said and
I quote: 'Humility is the true key
to success. Successful people lose
their way at times.'
"They often embrace and over
indulge from the fruits of success.
Humility halts this arrogance and
self-indulging. Humble people
share the credit and wealth, remaining
focused and hungry to
continue the journey of success."
The President urged the Brave
Warriors to put on cloaks of humility
and remain focus and hungry
for even greater successes in
future. The team would soon be
in training to prepare for a trip
to face a strong Niger team. He
wished them success.
"We want to qualify for the African
Cup of Nations, AFCON,"
said President Geingob. "It has
been done twice, in Burkina Faso
in 1998 and Ghana in 2008 where
I attended both tournaments.
"The team we sent to these tournaments
did not disappoint, but
this time we should ensure qualification
so that we can compete to
win the biggest prize in the African
Cup of Nations, AFCON."
President Geingob urged the
Brave Warriors to aim high and
beyond AFCON, saying that they
should also set their eyes on the
World Cup to leave their mark on
the biggest sporting showcase in
"There we can participate since
I will be patient. However, please
feel free to shock me like never
before by winning the World
Cup," he said.
Throughout his speech, the
President's message was on teamwork.
The players should learn
how to adapt to, and accept each
other so that they could work together
as a team.
He said learning how to be a
true friend and how to accept others
were powerful people skills
that would take them far in life.
Players should spend time developing
relationships with teammates
"Once these relationships are
developed, selfishness will disappear.
Look at the situation at Barcelona
with Messi and Neymar.
Before Neymar used to try and go
solo to score and get the glory for
himself," said the President.
"I used to be irritated with him
and never rated him highly but
now he looks for the open man
and passes to Messi or Suarez.
Messi is also looking for the open
player these days. That is teamwork.
And the Brave Warriors
should play like that.
"The victory you have achieved
at COSAFA is inspirational to
all Namibians, young and old.
It symbolizes the fighting spirit
of the Namibian people and is a
motivational to anyone who has
doubted or thought that they did
not measure up or wanted to quit.
"Government has given the
Brave Warriors N$50 000 for the
job well done. Sports House has
also given each player N$25 000,
bring the total to N$75 000, 00
"Team sports like football have
an important role to play in society,
besides entertaining us and
sending us on a roller coaster ride
of emotions. You have taught us
never ever give up," said the President.
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