Gladiators Scrape through

The national women football side, the Brave Gladiators advanced to the next stage of the 2012 London Olympic Games with a goalless draw against Angola over the weekend in Windhoek.

The Namibians came into the match as favorites to go through after playing to a two-all draw in Luanda a fortnight ago, and in a soaked game at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday, the Gladiators held their nerves to go through.

It was wet and rainy condition at the stadium and the Astroturf playing pitch did not help matters either.

Gladiators coach Jacqueline Shipanga said that the team would have played better had it not been for the rain.

“I definitely think that we would have played better, but due to the weather conditions it was a little bit difficult for both teams,” Shipanga said after the match.

Shipanga had raised an alarm after the first leg in Angola over three players who she said looked masculine.

The three players, Patricia Afonso, Veronica Augusto and Flora travelled with their team to Namibia and even trained with the team prior to the match but they were conspicuously absent from the line-up in Saturday’s match.

“They are here, we saw them training, and if they were really eligible to play they should have played in today’s match. In Angola we were told that there isn’t enough evidence to prove that they were not girls so we played them,” she said.

“We are not blaming the players but we should play fair. Women’s football is only developing now so if you are going to try and take shortcuts we are going to be the losers at the end of the day.”

Namibia will play Nigeria in the next round of the qualifiers on a yet to be established date.