Young Gladiators ready for SA

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The Young Gladiators heads to South Africa to play in the 2018 FIFA Women Under-20 World Cup qualifier first round first leg on Sunday and coach Mervin Mbakera is optimistic the girls will hold their won and do the nation proud.

Namibia has been without the Women Super League for some time now and have not played competitive football in a long time and as the Young Gladiators goes to war against neighbors South Africa, there will be no love lost.

Young Gladiators coach Mervin Mbakera states that despite the hardships over the past year or two, the team is prepared and ready to face South Africa and hoping for positive result.

“ We have worked very hard and come match day we really want to have full dedication and fighting sprit to get a result that wil compliment all our hard work during the last weeks” says Mbakera.

He adds that playing South Africa will enlighten the Young Gladiators and motivate them to greater heights.

“South Africa have quality women football and the experience the girls will gain will come in handy in terms of their overall improvement. But it’s not about that only but also making sure we leave our mark on the fixture”, explains Mbakera.

The Young Gladiators will travel to South Africa without there key players in midfield strong girl Memory Ngonda, goalkeeper Melissa Matheus and Millicent Hikuam, who all started in the Brave Gladiators 4-0 victory over Botswana at the Cosafa Women Championship underway in Zimbabwe.

“We will be without their services but we have other players to fill the shoes and I’m so proud that they helped the senior team to such an important victory so the girls in team now are motivated to push that far as well”, states Mbakera.

The Young Gladiators will depart f South Africa on Friday and will face South Africa on Saturday at the Dobsonville Stadium in Johannesburg and the return leg wil be on Sunday, 01 October at the Sam Nujoma stadium. The winner of the fixture will face Burundi in the second round in November with that winner to advance to the third and final round of qualification for France 2018, FIFA Women Under- 20 World Cup. Africa will have only two representatives.

Young Gladiators to SA: Batista Kasume, Fiola Vliete, Kamunikire Tjituka, Julia Rutjindo, Asteria Angula, Beverly Uueziua, Lilie Kasheeta, Veronica Van Wyk, Elmery Rooi, Anna Shaende, Lydiana Nanamus (captain), Ivonne Kooper, Shanice Daries, Kylie Van Wyk, Igantia Haoses, Alicia Gertze, Mbitjita Mungunda and Lady Cesaria