Mannetti dedicates magazine to late mother

Former Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti has dedicated his new magazine titled ‘A Decade of Football’ to his late mother, who passed away last week.

10 May 2021 | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

WINDHOEK

Ricardo Mannetti says he wished his late mother could have seen his magazine before she died.

Mannetti, who took over two years to produce ‘A Decade of Football’, which details some of the country’s greatest football moments between 2010 and 2020, was emotional when he launched his magazine just two days after his mother’s death.

“When my mom was in hospital, I told her about this book because there was actually a pre-print of this book and I was not happy with the way it looked.

“I did not like it and I therefore didn’t show her but I told her I was going back to perfect it.

“Unfortunately, she did not see it but she was very excited and told me how proud she was of me,” Mannetti said at the launch.

It is for this reason that the former Brave Warriors gaffer decided to dedicate the magazine to the late Sarah Mannetti, who had supported her son throughout his playing and coaching career.

The struggle

Mannetti admitted that finalising the magazine was not an easy thing.

“I do want to apologise to the stakeholders for the fact that this magazine took longer than I promised you.

“I initially told them that it would take a few months, but it took longer because I wanted it to be perfect.

“It is the first of its kind and I didn’t want to do a bad job and therefore I just wanted to do it right.”

About the magazine

Sponsored by Standard Bank, the 104-page magazine contains interviews with former and current players and coaches.

It speaks of the successes achieved by Namibian players at club and national level over the past decade.

The book also takes readers down memory lane to the Brave Warriors’ famous Cosafa victory in 2015 under Ricardo Mannetti as coach.

African Stars football club is recognised for having won the most titles and cups between 2010 and 2020.

“From 2010 to 2019 African Stars have won more local trophies than any other team in Namibia.

“The club management says their fortune did not come overnight, but was part of their transformation as a team when they registered as a private company,” a quote from the magazine reads.

The magazine also has a section where journalists speak about their greatest moments of the past decade.

Writers Hesron Kapanga, Hector Mawonga and Marco Ndlovu were responsible for collecting and writing, while Isack Hamata, Ricardo Mannetti, Titus Kunamuene, Absalom Goseb and Jacky Gertze contributed content.

“I would also like to thank Solitaire Press for the wonderful printing of the magazine,” Mannetti said.

Sponsors and advertisers

Mannetti thanked the magazine’s main sponsor, Standard Bank Namibia, and all companies that advertised in order to cover the costs.

“I would like to thank Standard Bank, DebMarine Namibia, FNB, MTC, Namibia Sports Commission, the ministry of sport, Namdia, Deep Sea Frozen Foods, Namibia Fish Consumption, HopSol, Ogos Valley Windhoek, NDTC, Unicef , //Concept , Juxta Pose and Esh Ham for making this possible

“They say that it takes a village to raise a child and football is no different.

“A generation of footballers are raised by the entire football fraternity and therefore no one can say that their achievements are self-made.”

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