Ivory Coast sinks Gladiators

15 Oct 2014 09:20am
WINDHOEK, 15 OCT (NAMPA) - Ivory Coast beat Namibia’s Brave Gladiators by 3-1 in the capital on Tuesday evening.
Namibia lost the tn Mobile Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Championship Group A clash at the Sam Nujoma Stadium after the Ivorians took the lead in the 14th minute when team captain Nahi Josee scored the first goal.
In the 20th minute, Namibia’s Zenatha Coleman’s shot from a splendid free-kick she took for her team went straight into the Ivorian goals.
The two sides kept each other under pressure in the first half, with the crowd cheering for the Gladiators, and shouting “We want more goals!”.
It was, however, not possible for the Gladiators to meet their fans’ expectations, leaving the score-line at 1-1 at half-time.
In the second half, the Ivorians took control of the game and dominated play from the onset, looking for more goals.
Their domination was nonetheless countered by the Gladiators’ defence, as they solidly stood their ground.
Ivory Coast’s Tia N’rehy then scored their second goal.
She also scored her team’s third goal.
For Namibia to go through to the semi-finals, they will have to beat Nigeria on Friday night, and hope that Ivory Coast does not pick up maximum points against Zambia on the same night.
Speaking to members of the media after the game, Brave Gladiators’ coach Jacqueline Shipanga said losing is not what they had anticipated.
“Things didn’t go our way, but this is not the end of it. We will go out again and play Nigeria positively,” she promised.
Shipanga noted that it was never their plan to depend on the results of other countries, and they are going to play to the best of their abilities.
Earlier on Tuesday, Nigeria destroyed Zambia’s hopes of staying in the competition after beating them by 6-0.
Two of Nigeria’s goals came from striker Desire Oparanozie, while Ngozi Okobi, Osinachi Ohale, Asisat Oshoala and Perpetua Nkwocha also found the back of the net for the convincing win which puts them straight into the semi-finals.
Zambia finished the game with 10 players after right-back Grace Zulu was sent off six minutes before half-time.
In Group B action, Cameroon is set to face Algeria, whilst South Africa will lock horns with Ghana on Wednesday at the Independence Stadium.