Gladiators ready for Ivory Coast

14 Oct 2014 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 14 OCT (NAMPA) – Namibia's Brave Gladiators are ready for their second match against Ivory Coast in the TN Mobile Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Championship.
The coach of the national senior women’s football team, Jacqueline Shipanga made this announcement during a Group A team media conference held at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on Monday.
She said the tournament has turned out just as they planned for it, and her girls are ready to do the nation proud.
“Everything which has happened is how we planned for it to happen. We wanted to win against Zambia, and we did that.
We also knew Ivory Coast would be wounded by Nigeria and will come to our game fighting for everything.
But the girls are really ready for Tuesday night because they want to make an impression. I know they can perform even better under pressure,” she noted.
The coach added that the biggest strength of her team is the versatility of the players from the different regions of Namibia, saying they will each bring their own touch and surprise element to the game.
Namibia’s Brave Gladiators and Ivory Coast will clash at the same stadium at 20h00 on Tuesday.
The Gladiators beat Zambia 2-0 in their opening match of the championship on Saturday.
This puts them level on points with Nigeria, who thrashed Ivory Coast by 4-2.
The players’ confidence was boosted by their victory against Zambia, and they have expressed their appreciation for all the supporters who came out to cheer them to victory.
Shipanga said Ivory Coast will be a different ball game, and they are urging all those who were there on Saturday to show their support again, and to bring along many more supporters to cheer the team on to victory.
“Ivory Coast won’t be an easy game, but all the Gladiators understand that whoever plays on Tuesday night has a responsibility to ensure victory for the team,” Shipanga stated.
Meanwhile, Lovisa Mulunga, who was stretchered off on Saturday, is recovering well.
She is also expected to write her final Grade 10 exams on Friday ahead of their Nigeria clash.
All other players are available for selection.
Nigeria and Zambia will play the opening game at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Wednesday at 17h00.
Entrance is free, and members of the public have once again been urged to go in large numbers.
Tickets are available at Computicket and at the Namibia Football Association (NFA)’s Football House.