Brave Gladiators too strong for Botswana

21 Aug 2014 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 21 AUG (NAMPA) – The senior Namibian women’s football team trumped Botswana by 5-2 in an international friendly match at the Sam Nujoma stadium on Wednesday.
The ‘Brave Gladiators’ used the match as preparation for the upcoming Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Championship, slated for Windhoek from 11 to 25 October 2014.
Botswana did not qualify for the African women’s football showpiece, while Namibia qualified by virtue of being hosts.
The Namibians opened the scoring in the 4th minute through a penalty kick by Tomalina Adams, and doubled the score in the 30th minute when Rita Williams capitalised on a blunder between Botswana’s goalkeeper Sedilame Bosija and her defence.
Before half-time, Lovisa Mulunga made it 3-0 through a lovely chip from outside the box, leaving the goalkeeper stranded.
In the second half, the Brave Gladiators continued their onslaught, with Adams scoring her second goal in the 71st minute, and recording a hat-trick eight minutes later.
Botswana got their first goal in the 84th minute through substitute Balothanyi Johannes, and scored their second in extra-time through another substitute, Amogelang Moahi.
Namibian coach Jacqueline Shipanga said after the match that she was happy with the results, but disappointed with the team conceding goals.
“It is really comforting to score five goals in one game, but we also need to learn that even when we are going forward, we still need to defend in numbers so that we can keep a clean sheet,” she stated.
Shipanga added that the team is almost ready for the championship, and all the players now understand what is expected of them.
“The girls are now pulling their weight, but we still have a game or two to go before the championship starts.
We are looking at playing Algeria on 29 September. But before that, if all goes well, we will play Ghana to see how strong our team is,” she noted.
Meanwhile, Namibia lost 1-2 to South Africa in an international friendly match in Durban, South Africa on 10 August this year.
South Africa will also compete in the championship.