Gladiators to hold trials on 15 July


The Namibia Football Association (NFA) women department will be hosting national trials for the senior team, the Brave Gladiators as well as the national under 20, Young Gladiators at the NFA Technical Centre from 15 to 16 July.

Head coach of the national women teams Jacqui Shipanga explains that the trials are necessary and open to all potential players.

She says the Brave Gladiators will need players ahead of the Cosafa Women Championship to be held in Zimbabwe from the 13th-24th September, while the Young Gladiators will play South Africa in September in the 2018 FIFA Women U-20 World Cup Qualifiers.

“Due to the inactivity of the Women Super League (WSL) the Gladiators Technical Team are finding it extremely difficult to identify new talent and boost the senior national team. It is against this background that the we will host a National Trials Day For all players around the country who have the potential to make it to the national team. Individual players from regions will be accommodated at the NFA Girls Centre” Shipanga says.

Selected players will be given an opportunity to be trained by NFA National coaches such as Under-20 coach Mervin Mbakera and Bryan Van Staden.

Shipanga adds that she expects an influx of new blood to challenge for positions in the Brave Gladiators squad especially with the likes of players such as captain of the Under 20 National Lydiana Nanamus (18), Holding Midfielder Asteria Angula (18) Julia Rutjindo (17), Speedy Gonzales (18) Beverly Uueziua, Goalkeeper (18) Melissa Matheus will all be challenging for positions in the Senior National Team.

In 2014 Namibia fielded a 16 year old Memory Ngonda and Annouscka Kordom (17) against the likes of African powerhouse Nigeria and the duo are now household names in the Brave Gladiators squad and serve as great motivation to the other youngsters coming through.

Finally Shipanga urges greater cooperation between the NSSU and NFA in order to ensure that only qualified coaches/teachers are selected to coach for the annual COSSASA Ball games for the Under-13 and Under-17 National Teams that will participate in Lesotho in August/September this year.

“We have to make use of our qualified teachers who continuously work with girls football at regional level especially in the UNICEF Sponsored Under-13 and Under-17 Galz and Goals Leagues”.