Gladiators still have a chance in Olympics Qualifier


The Brave Gladiators still have a chance despite losing 1-0 against Botswana on Friday night in Gaborone in thier 2020 Tokyo Olympics Qualifier.

Ahead of the return leg on Tuesday night at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, Brave Gladiators coach Brian Issacs believe his side have that it takes to turn the tie around.

"We still in it and we will have home advantage and the ladies will surely be more confident and inspired" , Issacs states.

On the defeat in Botswana, Issacs says the home side suprised them as they come out and played better.

"They kept the ball better and restricted our play deep. We were under pressure and they really surprised us with their game plan. We created about three good chances that we failed to put away but now we know better.", Isaacs says.

The coach describes the goal that was scored by Refilwe Tholakelo on 82 minute.

"It was goal from far outside the box; about the halfway line and it caught our keeper off guard and flew over her head and they closed shop".

Isaacs reveals that mercurial midfielder Thomalina Adams will miss the second leg after going off with a suspected knee injury in the first half in Gaborone.

both national teams arrived in Windhoek on Saturday afternoon to prepare for the match on Tuesday, 9 April at the Sam Nujoma at 18h30. The winner over the two legs will face South Africa.

Zambia or Zimbabwe will then await in the third round. They are will be fourth and fifth round with the winner of the fifth round qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games and the losers to try their luck against Chile for a place in Tokyo.

Brave Gladiators versus in Botswana: Mellissa Matheus, Ester Hamukwaya, Ndapewa Katuta, Emma Naris, Lovisa Mulunga, Lorraine Jossop, Memory Ngonda, Julia Rutjindo, Zenatha Coleman, Thomalina Adams and Anna Marie Shikusho.