Coleman promises more against Botswana

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Brave Gladiators captain Zenatha Coleman will improve her displays on Tuesday night when they face Botswana in their 2020 Tokyo Olympics Qualifier First Round Second leg match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium as they look for an early goal.

Spain-based Zenatha Coleman led the side for the first time on Friday in Gaborone when the Brave Gladiators lost 1-0 to trail ahead of the return leg in Windheok tomorrow night and she says massive improvement from the team will be the order of the day.

“We will be at home and we will face a very tough side that knows that they have that important away goal. Therefore, we need to come and get our goal as well and be careful not to concede. We were not bad on Friday, they will have a plan too, and we need to be smart. We know them better after the first match and we will be much improved”, Coleman states.

The skillful Coleman adds that personally she will raise her game as well. “I have to give more yet again. I am doing this for my country and for my people and my teammates look up to me for inspiration so I have to deliver. Will surely give my all and with the armband it’s even more demanding, a demand that I fully take on and carry my team and country on my shoulders”.

The Brave Gladiators and Botswana will meet on Tuesday 18h30 at the Sam Nujoma Satdium and coach Brian Isaacs will be without another key player winger Thomalina Adams who is out with a knee injury.

“The doctors confirmed she will not be available so we look to other players to use this chance to help the team advance. We are a team and every player is capable of perform well if they give their best”, Isaacs states.

The winner over the two legs will face South Africa and 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 in camp for Botswana: Mellissa Matheus, Ester Hamukwaya, Lydia Eixas, Ndapewa Katuta, Emma Naris, Uerikondjera Kasaona, Lovisa Mulunga, Lorraine Jossop, Twelikondjela Amukoto, Veweziua Kotjipati, Millicent Hikuam, Beverly Uueziua, Memory Ngonda, Juliana Blou, Julia Rutjindo, Asteria Angula, Kylie van Wyk, Zenatha Coleman and Anna Marie Shikusho.