Gladiators bow out of women's championship

18 Oct 2014 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 18 OCT (NAMPA) – Namibia’s Brave Gladiators are out of the 2014 TN Mobile Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Championship after they lost 0-2 loss to tournament favourites Nigeria in Windhoek on Friday.
The two teams went up against each other at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
The Brave Gladiators started their campaign on a high note after a 2-0 win over Zambia thanks to goals from Rita Williams and Thomalina Adams last Saturday.
However, Zenatha Coleman’s lone goal in their 1-3 loss to Ivory Coast on Tuesday was not enough to maintain their chances of qualification ahead of their last Group A game against tournament favourites Nigeria.
Nigeria saw the back of the net in the 36th minute after a free kick awarded to them was taken by Gloria Ofoegbu. A minute later Francisca Ordega scored the second goal for her team.
Despite Coleman’s brilliance in a game that eventually saw her named Player of the Match, the Brave Gladiators fell 0-2 to Nigeria, who now top Group A with nine points to make it to the last four.
Ivory Coast are second in the Group A standings with four points from three games, one ahead of Namibia that amassed three points in their group stage games.
Namibia’s head coach Jacqueline Shipanga said during a media briefing as a team, the Brave Gladiators planned to make their country proud.
Shipanga stated that although they are out of the competition, she is certain that their fans are not disappointed by their participation.
“I am a proud coach, and I must say I am not disappointed with us going out of the competition,” she said, applauding her players for the great match they had.
“They played to best of their abilities,” she said.
Shipanga noted that despite being out of the competition, they Brave Gladiators will continue to support the championship to the end.
Also speaking during the briefing, Coleman said she is proud of herself, adding that being named Player of the Match was a great achievement for her.
Nigeria will play the runner-up from Group B in the semi-finals, while the team to top Group B will play Ivory Coast next week.
The top three sides from this tournament will represent Africa at the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Nigeria are the most decorated African team, having won the tournament eight times since its inception in 1991. They have represented the continent six times on the international stage.