Landi to land Brave Warriors post
By Michael Uugwanga
DESPITE the Namibia Football Association (NFA) strongly denying that Italian Roberto Landi is set to take over the national team coaching post, Landi has told popular Kenyan football show, Safari Soccer Show, that he will soon travel to Namibia to take up the Brave Warriors coach position.
Reports are that Landi is set to be appointed permanent head coach for the men’s senior team just before the start of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 rescheduled for September this year.
Experience in africa
“I am a FIFA Pro licence coach, with the biggest experience in Africa because first of all I played professional football in 1982 at Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa). I started coaching in 2011 for the Liberian senior national team, then I coached in Egypt, Libya, Zambia, Zimbabwe and ended up in Ghana, and I have good experience and in some weeks to come I will travel to Namibia to take the job of coach of Namibian senior team,” Landi told Safari Soccer Show.
Landi also told a close Namibian friend that he will be in Namibia soon.
“I have to go back to Namibia in the next few days to finalise the contract with the football federation (NFA) then we will see what to do,” Landi told the friend via a text message seen by Confidente Sport.
Local mentor Bobby Samaria is the current interim Brave Warriors coach since 2019 after succeeding Ricardo Mannetti.
Samaria has been given a two-month contract extension that will see him taking charge of the Brave Warriors for the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup slated for July before the World Cup qualifiers.
The news of Landi taking over the reins of the Brave Warriors will be like a stab in the back for Samaria who is popular among some of the NFA executive members, however Confidente Sport understands that the majority of the NFA executive members are however not fans of Samaria despite him helping the country qualify to the African Nations Championship (CHAN) last year despite the absence of the domestic league for nearly two years.
Perhaps the downfall for Samaria was his failure to qualify the country to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) that is set to take place in Cameroon next year.