Brave Gladiators in friendly match against Angola's Progresso

27 Feb 2014 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 27 FEB (NAMPA) - The national women's football team will host Angolan club Progresso in two friendly matches here over the weekend.
The match is in preparation of the 2014 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Africa Women’s Championship slated for Windhoek from 11 to 25 October.
The Angolan side is expected to arrive in Namibia on Friday morning.
The Namibia Football Association (NFA) said in a media statement issued on Thursday the first match is on Friday at 16h30 at the NFA Technical Centre, and the second match is on Sunday at 15h30 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
On Saturday, the two teams will have a “sharing of practices” session.
The NFA quoted Brave Gladiators head coach Jaqueline Shipanga as saying the idea is to expose the Gladiators to different styles of play, as they expect tough competition at the actual championship in October.
“We have been training for over a month now and the girls have been working very hard, as we are waiting to hear the seven teams that are coming for the championship.
“We know that it will be the best of them and we must prepare very well for them and spring a surprise or two on them. So playing Progresso is a boast for us as they have players from Cameroon and DRC in their ranks. About 90 per cent of the Angola national team is made up of players from Progresso,” said Shipanga.
She added that Progresso is a very physical side.
“They train every day and have all the materials at their disposal, in fact, better than most national teams in Africa and their depth is incredible. They are a very tactical team, and we need to take them on and learn a thing or two to improve our own game,” said Shipanga.
The final Gladiators team will comprise senior and junior players, and will be without the Germany-based trio of Vewe Kotjipati, Lorraine Jossop and Thomalina Adams.
“Those players will only be joining us in April when we play the German national under-18 team as well as South Africa and two more games. For this weekend, players that are here will be considered and are expected to do the job well,” said the NFA.
The Gladiators played Progresso in Luanda last November, and after a one-all draw, Progresso won 5-4 on penalties in the match which formed part of Angola’s 38th Independence anniversary celebrations.