The Young Gladiators suffered a heavy 7-0 defeat against Botswana on Sunday afternoon at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in their 2020 FIFA Women U20 World Cup Qualifers first leg.
Namibia and their coach Mamie Kasaona had only a week to prepare for the match and the afternoon got off to a bad start as Sharon Katamila score and own goal inside the first minute and it was then a quick brace from Botswana striker Mitchell Abueng before Oratile Rathari rattled the net to make it 4-0 before halftime.
Abueng scored her third of the match on 56 minutes and the scored her fourth on 71 minutes and if that was enough Gloria Pilane got in the act too with the seventh of the match.
The Young Gladiators now have to regroup and prepare for the second leg match at Botswana later this month with so much pride to play for.
Here the Young Gladiators line up against Botswana; Meagan Schuster, Albertina Aludhilu, Veronica April, Shanice Daries, Chanteline Engelbrecht, Tjamunene Ndjavera, Soini Sheenya, Vijakura Tjingaete, Julia Rutjindo, Sharon Katamila and Muhinatjo Hanavi.