Gladiators crowned Women's Tournament champions

15 Jul 2013 08:50
WINDHOEK, 15 JUL (NAMPA) - The national women?s football team alias the ?Brave Gladiators? were crowned champions of the Namibia Football Association?s (NFA) Women?s Talent Identification Cup, played at the NFA Technical Centre in Windhoek over the weekend.
The victory came when Magdalena Paulus and Sarafina Nakasole scored in the first half of the final on Sunday to hand the Brave Gladiators a 2-0 victory over a determined JS Academy Under-21 team.
The impressive Galz & Goals Graduates? team finished third after their 1-0 victory over the Police Academy team, with Natasha Vekarapi scoring for the Galz.
A media statement availed to Nampa by the NFA on Monday said the tournament, which was hosted by the NFA Women?s Desk, saw players from central Namibia and the northern regions of Namibia participating in a total of 11 matches.
The players displayed their talent, giving the head coach of the women?s national team Jacqui Shipanga an opportunity to analyse the tactical approaches they brought forward.
The Brave Gladiators? Juliana Skrywer scooped the Top Goalscorer award after hitting the net nine times, while Stacey Naris scooped the Player of the Tournament accolade and the Defender of the Tournament award.
Galz & Goals? goalkeeper Melanie Hikuam was voted the Best Keeper of the tournament, while JS Academy?s U-21 player Zenatha Coleman walked away with the Best Midfield Player award, and JS Academy?s U-21 striker Anna Shikusho scooped the Best Striker award.
The young and talented 14-year-old defender Mellissa Matheus from the Galz & Goals Graduates? team was voted the Best Young Player of the tournament, while David Morgan scooped the Best Coach title after guiding his Police Academy team to a fourth-place finish.
Lydia Eixes was selected as the Best Referee of the tournament, while there was also an award for the Best Travelling Player, which went to Mariental-based Millicent Hikuam of the Galz & Goals Graduates? team.
The rest of the results are as follows:
First round: Brave Gladiators 8-0 Ohangwena Stars; Police Academy 0-6 JS Academy U-21; Gladiators 2-0 Galz & Goals; Police Academy 0-0 NAWISA Queens; Ohangwena Stars 0-2 Galz & Goals; JS Academy U-21 10-0 NAWISA Queens.
Semi-finals: Gladiators 8-0 Police Academy; JS Academy U-21 4-1 Galz & Goals.
Third and fourth place: Police Academy 0-1 Galz & Goals.