Young Gladiators to visit Ghana

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The national women under-20 team will have big challenge as they take on African women soccer powerhouse Ghana away at Accra on Saturday.

The two sides meet for the first leg of their FIFA Women U/20 World cup qualifier match with the return leg scheduled for Windhoek on March 4.

The team is relatively young with six players from the U/17 team featuring in the squad for exposure, according to Head coach of National women soccer Jacqueline Shipanga.

Another significant development aspect with the team is that of young development coaches Joseph Swartz and Aaron Hambira , who take over the reins of the team.

Shipanga commended the NFA president John Muinjo for a bold decision for all Women Teams
to compete this year regardless of the NFA financial situation.

“This is aimed at ensuring that the teams are measured against the best and there is no better
team than Ghana who featured many at times at various World Cups.

“Considering our players ages and lack of international experience at youth level any coach will doubt entering a team in a competition of this nature but the NFA executive has committed itself towards the development of the girl child and Women's Football is arguably the Number one female sport in Namibia at this stage, with development structures in 11 regions thus far”, Shipanga said.

Shipanga However attributes this youth development to the huge financial investment from UNICEF, FIFA and Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB).

“Their support has been instrumental in the development of youth football in our country; in fact the NFA Women's Desk needs more support now than ever with capacity building and human resource to sustain the growth of this game”.

The team will be joined by Tomalina Adams from Germany and Veweziwa Kotjipati, the latter latest player from Namibia to join her team mates in the German Football Leagues whilst also working and studying part time.

Team captain will be JS Academy’s hard tackling defensive midfielder Lena Noreses, a 17 year old girl, who will also on Wednesday compete at the Zonal Athletics Schools Championship in 100m, 200m and 400m.

Also in the team will be Scholastica "Kasexy" Ndara from Surusungu High School in Rundu, and "Kasexy" is a typical speedy Gonzalez with great technical ability and is determined to make her region and country proud. She was unearthed during the Talent Identification programme held last year .

Here is the final travelling squad and the etam departs on Thursday.

Agnes Kauzuu, Lovisa Mulunga, Eddelissingh Naris, Lena Noreses, Lorraine Jossob, Vitapamwe Kamahene, Veweziwa Kotjipati, Albertha Dawes, Thandi Malo, Annouscka Kordom, Anuschka Meyer, Mellisa Matheus, , Carmel Don, Tomalina Adams, Vistorine Shaangula, Scholastica Ndara, Depney Naobes and Jane Toivo.