Brave Gladiators take awareness tour South

28 Jul 2014 14:30pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 28 JUL (NAMPA) – Brave Gladiators' head coach Jacqueline Shipanga has urged regional coaches to notify her of any available talent in their areas as she says her team is still incomplete.
Speaking to Nampa at Keetmanshoop on Saturday, she said a number of positions are yet to be filled in the women’s national football team.
“I will be shooting myself in the foot if I have to say the team is complete, there can be situations where players might become complacent mainly because they feel they have already made the team,” she said after the Brave Gladiators’ awareness matches ahead of the 2014 CAF Women’s Championship to be hosted in Windhoek from 11 to 25 October this year.
Shipanga said the main reason why she visited southern Namibia with her team is because of the talented national football players the //Karas Region has produced in the past.
“We have a lot of respect for the development structures that have been put in place, as well as the overall talent in this region,” she noted.
The Gladiators played two Keetmanshoop-based under-16 boys’ teams.
The first match was against second division football club King Pelle Santos Football Club, who gave Shipanga’s girls a challenging goalless first half but lost 3-1 at full-time. In the second match of the day, the Gladiators showed no mercy to the boys of the first division Try Again Football Club as they thrashed them 4-0.
The coach said playing against boys, who are a little faster and stronger than girls, will help her team improve on their tactical discipline.
Shipanga said her team hopes to play more awareness matches nationwide.
The team’s next destination is Okahandja this week, and they also hope to engage teams in Swakopmund and Tsumeb.
“I think it is very important that the country gets to know their national players. We are also obviously looking for advice from various stakeholders and how we can best benefit from experiences such as this,” she added.
This is the first time Namibia will play in the 2014 CAF Women’s Championship.
Namibia has been drawn to play in Group A against the Ivory Coast, Zambia and Nigeria.
Group B consists of South Africa, Algeria, Ghana and Cameroon.