Gladiators beat Shepolopolo by 2 goals to nil

11 Oct 2014 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 11 OCT (NAMPA) – Namibia beat Zambia by two goals to nil in the opening match of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Championship here on Saturday.
The first goal came via Rita Williams five minutes into the match from a cross by Zenatha Coleman from the right flank.
That goal however did not deter Zambia’s Shepolopolos as they stood their ground and kept the pressure on their opponents.
Some 25 minutes after the first goal, the Gladiators scored again through a well-struck free-kick by Thomalina Adams from just outside the 25 metre box.
The Zambians were still not discouraged, as they played more defensive but missed good opportunities to put them on the scoreboard.
The half-time score was 2-0.
Speaking to Nampa after the game, Gladiators coach Jacqueline Shipanga said winning the opening match in the championship was all due to her team’s hard work.
“We prepared very well and credit should be given to our sponsors and the Namibian government who made sure we were well prepared for the championship.
I now challenge the fans to come in large numbers and support the team, because if the stadium is empty next time the girls will not perform to their best like they did today,” she said.
Shipanga added that the win does not put any pressure on the team but gives them extra motivation to achieve more in their coming game against Ivory Coast on Tuesday at the same venue.
Adams was named Woman of the Match.
The tournament will run until 25 October 2014.
Meanwhile, Ivory Coast and Nigeria were due to meet at 20H00 at the same venue.