15 May 2014 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 15 MAY (NAMPA) - Hard work, luck and individual brilliance will be crucial for Namibias national Under-15 girls team when they take on China and Mexico at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in August.
The final competition draw for the Games took place on Wednesday.
In a statement released by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) on the same day, the associations president John Muinjo was quoted as saying that Namibia are in a tough group, and need to be fully-prepared to overcome Mexico and the hosts China in Group B of the girls competition at the Youth Olympic Games.
It is a tough draw for us. China has been preparing for a long time, they spent about eight months in the United States, and they are a very strong womens footballing nation.
Mexico, on the other hand, has speed and great mobility, and their game is very technical. So, it is not an easy draw, but we are going there to compete and fight for our right to be among the worlds elite, he stated.
Muinjo added that despite the opposition in the group, Namibia will be ready.
He noted that the girls in the team are young, and most of them will be going out of the country for the first time, adding that playing China at home will be very intimidating.
But in football, luck, individual brilliance, skills and hard work can take you far, and our girls possess that. They can build on that, and the coaches will prepare them mentally to face the challenges ahead.
It is about competing, but overall it is about the experience and participation and ultimate development of the women players, Muinjo noted.
In November 2012, a decision was taken by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the NFA's girls U-15 team to be the sole representatives of the continent at the 14-28 August 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.
The NFA has called up a 25-member squad of players who compete in the U-15 Galz & Goals leagues in Windhoek, Eenhana, Rundu, Otjiwarongo, and Okahandja.
These girls were selected last June during the Galz & Goals U-15 National Championships, hosted in Windhoek.
As in the previous editions, the football competitions are the first sports to kick off in the Youth Olympic Games, with the girls' tournament commencing on 14 August - two days prior to the opening ceremony.
It will end on 26 August.
The boys' competition runs from 15 to 27 August.
Following is the group overview:
Girls' Youth Olympic Football Tournament
Group A: Papua New Guinea, Venezuela, Slovakia
Group B: China, Namibia, Mexico
Boys' Youth Olympic Football Tournament
Group C: Honduras, Iceland, Peru
Group D: Cape Verde Islands, Korea Republic, Vanuatu