Young Gladiators finally gets Region-Five Games trip
Finally, the Young Gladiators will represent Namibia at the bi-annual African Union Sport Council Region Five Under-20 Games scheduled for Luanda, Angola, 9-18 December.
The ladies will form part of Team Namibia at the Games and are expected to take on the host Angola, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the round robin basis as there are only four team.
Their males’ counterparts, the Young Warriors will not travel to Angola thanks to adequate funds for Team Namibia.
Jackey Gertze, Head of Women Footfall at the NFA says, confirms that the team will finally travel after months in camp and that the games are important for the ladies development as it gives them a chance to compete with others from Africa.
“The games happen right at the end of the exams and preparations are not what we ought to have but this a great platform for the ladies. But senior coach (Jacqui) Shipanga has worked with the ladies over the whole year and played friendlies against a lot of teams including boys academies and league teams”, Gertze states.
The current Young Gladiators were selected from the 2015 national under-15 championship at which 26 elite ladies were selected to from part of the national under-17 side and include some players over the age of 17 such as Memory Ngonda. Gertze explains that the team has been in camp for about three months now with head coach Bryan van Staden and in-house coach Herbert Kapeng taking the ladies through the ropes.
“The team will fly out on Wednesday, 7 December without influential captain Anouska Kordom who plays and studies at Corbin University in the United States. We can’t afford to fly her in but we will be fine”, Gertze explains.
The Young Gladiators: Mellissa Matheus ,Batista Kasume, Vanesa Noreses, Anna Shaenda, Sharon Pieters, Asteria Angula, Julia Rutjindo, Veronica van Wyk, Shanice Daries, Memory Ngonda, Ivonne Cooper, Christa Januarie, Burnie Dennis, Millicent Hikuam, Kylie van Wyk, Kamunikire Tjituka and Beverly Uueziua and Lydiana Nunumus (captain).