Submitted by mediaofficer on Mon, 2011-04-11 10:22
Civics, Eleven Arrows, Black Africa and Orlando have reached the semi-finals stage of the lucrative Leo NFA Cup following some riveting action over the weekend.
In the match of the quarterfinal round, Orlando Pirates scored an early goal that all but secured their place in the last four over defending champions African Stars at Windhoek’s Independence Stadium on Sunday, with Angolan-returnee midfielder Riaan Cloete scoring the goal with just three minutes played.
The annual Namibian newspaper Cup was launched on Tuesday at Soccer House and will see some exiting regional clashes during the Easter weekend in Gobabis.
As defending champions, the Khomas region will sit out the start of the tenth edition of the under-20 regional competition and will get involved in the action from the next round, which is the quarterfinals stage.
The Brave Warriors technical team had a press conference on Monday to talk about the way forward following the 4-0 defeat at Burkina Faso in their AFCON 2012 Qualifier two weeks ago.
According to Barry Rukoro, Secretary General of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) the national team, the Brave Warriors are in trouble of qualifying for both the 2012 and 2013 AFCON tournaments after that heavy defeat.
He added that it was time to focus on the future, which will be graduating junior national team players into the fold as soon as possible.
Namibia’s promising youthful coach Dino Ballotti is in Germany for the annual German Football Federation Coaching Course in Hennef.
The course that brings together various promising coaches from all parts of the world will start on Monday, 04 April to 23 April and Namibia’s Ballotti will be amongst the participants as the intensive coaching course.
The national women soccer team the Brave Gladiators faces their toughest task to date as they visit the reigning queens of African football the Super Falcons of Nigeria on Sunday.
The encounter between the two sides will the first leg match of their London 2012 Olympics qualifiers fixture and will be played at the National Stadium in Abuja.
The Jacqui Shipanga coaches Gladiators left Namibia on Thursday for the match and will be hoping that they last weekend 1-0 victory over Botswana can psychologically help them through the tough assignment at hand.
The Brave Warriors suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat at Burkina Faso over the weekend to all but leave their 2012 AFCON appearance in tatters.
After going down 2-0 at halftime, it got worse for the visitors as veterans striker Henrico Botes was sown red in the second half as Burkina Faso scored two more goals to complete a four-goal rout over Namibia.
It was a disappointing performance for the team on the Saturday night in Ouagadougou, and was the final straw for the coach Brain Isaacs who future will be reviewed this week following his mandate for his two matches.
The Brave Warriors are gearing upon for their crucial 2012 CAF Nations Cup qualifier match against host Burkina Faso on Saturday in favorable style.
News from the team camp is that the team arrived safely in Ouagadougou on Thursday ahead of their match on Saturday at the Stade Du 4 Aout Stadium in the capital of the west African state which hosted the 2008 Nations Cup, Namibia’s first continental showpiece appearance.
“We have arrived well and we are based at a hotel called Hotel Pacific.
The Brave Gladiators will take on Botswana in a friendly match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday as they prepare for the crucial London 2012 Olympic qualifier against Nigeria on April 2 in Abuja.
Following the Gladiators 2-1 defeat at South Africa last weekend, the ladies will go all out to complete their preparation for the Nigeria clash with a great result and seeing of the Botswana team will be vital.
The technical team have been using various players to see how they can fit into the puzzle comes April 2.