Namibia’s Brave Warriors coach Roger Palmgren has resigned barely a week after frustrating the Flames to a 0-0 draw at Kamuzu Stadium in a World Cup qualifier for Africa.
Namibia Football Association (NFA) president John Muinjo confirmed on the association’s website Palmgren’s resignation and said Ricardo Mannetti and Ronnie Kanalelo will be in charge of the Warriors’ match against Nigeria this Wednesday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.
Muinjo said the Swede has resigned “with immediate effect this weekend due to serious threats directed towards him and his family, as stated in his resignation letter.”
“We call upon the nation to continue rallying behind the Brave Warriors in our quest for qualification to Brazil 2014. The NFA will pronounce in due course the way forward with regard to the Brave Warriors head coach position,” added the website.
Palmgren’s resignation could work to the advantage of group leaders Nigeria who have eight points, two ahead of Malawi. Namibia are third on three points while Kenya have two points. Malawi travel to Nigeria in September.
The Flames face Kenya at Kamuzu Stadium tomorrow. Kenya coach Adel Amrouche on Monday refused to read much into the Namibia coach’s quitting, saying at Mount Soche Hotel, he was minding his team’s business.