Coleman ready to inspire Gladiators over Warriors


Brave Gladiators star player Zenatha Coleman is ready to step up and be counted when her team faces the Mighty Warriors of Zimbabwe on Thursday afternoon at the Sam Nujoma stadium in the 2018 Confederation of African Football (CAF) African Women Cup of Nations qualifiers, first Round first leg match.

Coleman is part of the 20 ladies to take on Zimbabwe and she was has been key to the Brave Gladiators over the years and come Thursday, she targets victory for Namibia.
“ We have come a long way and we need to achieve something as a team. In 2014 it was a great experience for us and now we need to push for qualification. We have to win on Thursday and then go to Harare with a chance because they will be tough over there with their supporters cheering them on and so we need to do our job now”, Coleman states.

The Real Zaragoza-, Spain-based football side striker says she will have to bring her A game to the party to inspire her beloved Brave Gladiators.

“ They will come out at me and I have the experience and God-given talent to try to evade them and do well for my team. My teammates are also around and well prepared and I can handle the pressure”, Coleman says of the pressure that awaits on match day.

The Brave Gladiators whose only participation at the continental women football showpiece was in 2014 when they hosted it and exited at the group stage, failed to qualify for the 2016 edition in Cameroon and will now embark upon qualification to Ghana, 17 November to 01 December 2018.

Zimbabwe arrived in Windhoek on Tuesday morning and the Gladiators will be jetting out to Zimbabwe immediately after the match on Thursday to prepare for their Sunday, 08 April return leg in Harare. The winner will advance to the second round where either Tanzania or Zambia awaits and the eventual winner books their tickets for the finals.

Entrance will be N$ 10 and all football lovers are urged to grace the majestic Sam Nujoma stadium for a memorable match of football. Zimbabwe start player, Spain-based Rutendo Makore is a big doubt for the first leg with an ankle injury.

The Gladiators: Agnes Kauzuu, Melisa Matheus, Iina Katuta, Uerikondjera Kasaona (captain), Ester Amukwaya, Stacey Naris, Lorraine Jossop, Emma Naris, Lovisa Mulunga; Annouscka Kordom, Juliana Blou, Millicent Hikuam, Zenatha Coleman, Memory Ngonda, Elmarie Fredericks, Beverly Uueziua, Twelikondjela Amukoto, Vewe Kotjipati, Thomalina Adams, Anna-Marie Shikusho.

Faustina Amutenya and Lydiana Nanamus are on the short list.

Zimbabwe: Chido Dzingirai, Manyara Mandara, Nobuhle Majika, Nobukhosi Ncube, Sheila Makoto, Lynett Mutokuto ,Edline Mutumbami, Talent Mandaza, Daisy Kaitano, Marjory Nyaumwe, Emmaculate Msipa, Mavis Chirandu, Felistas Muzongondi, Berita Kabwe, Rutendo Makore ,Susan Nyama,Erina Jeke and Vimbai Mharadzi.