Young Gladiators annihilated by SA

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The Young Gladiators lost 4-0 to South Africa in their second leg match to confine them to a an aggregate defeat of 9-0 in their 2018 FIFA U20 Women World Cup First Round at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Sunday.

The score in Johannesburg two weeks ago was 5-0 in favor of South Africa and the Young Gladiators were hoping to use their home turf to great effect when the two countries met for the second leg match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura on Sunday afternoon.

After a good start, it was the South Africa that took the lead on 22 minutes through Gabriela Salgado, who pounced on a loose ball after the Young Gladiators defence failed to clear a free kick.

The home side regrouped with Millicent Hikuam marshaling the defence well while Mellissa Matheus in goal was also having a fine game and Anna Shaende held her won at right back.

Memory Ngonda started upfront but due to lack of supply from the midfield, she was unable to make an impact together with striker partner Kylie Van Wyk.

South Africa got their second goal on 34 minutes, thanks to captain Linda Motlhalo, who finished past the advancing Matheus after a well waited pass from Ntombi Ndlovu.
In the second half, Beverly Uueziua and Iyaloo Rooi came on for Kamunikire Tjituka and Veronica van Wyk respectively as the home side looked to restore some pride, but two minutes into the second half South Africa made it 3-0 as Motlhalo scored an audacious free kick from 35 metres that flew into the top corner over the head of a hapless Matheus.
Later on Memory Ngonda had a shot at goal from a free kick and so did Hikuam, before Ndlovu made it 4-0 from close range on 63 minutes to all but confirm South Africa place in the second round of the African leg of the Qualifiers.

Julia Rutjindo came on for Alicia Gertze, allowing Hikuam to move into midfield to supply the threatening Rooi while Uueziua stamped her authority down the right wing and had a dangerous cross turned wide by the versatile captain Ngonda.

After the match , Young Gladiators assistant coach Shama Gure, who stood in for Mervin Mbakera who tied the knot this weekend said the mental strength o the opposition won the game for them.

“ The mental strength of South Africa was our downfall today and they were more quicker and clinical with their possession and we always had to play catch up. It was a learning curve for us and we go back and try to come back better next time”, Gure said.

Memory Ngonda won the Telecom Namibia (TN) Mobile Lady of the Match award that came a cellphone, courtesy of TB Mobile.

South Africa will now 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.