Coleman shortlisted for African women's footballer of the year

04 Dec 2014 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 04 DEC (NAMPA) - Brave Gladiators’ attacking midfielder Zenatha Coleman has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2014 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Footballer of the Year award.
Other finalists are Nigeria’s Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala; Cameroon’s Annette Ngo Ndom; and Portia Modise of South Africa.
A media statement issued by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) on Thursday said the winners will be announced during an awards’ event on 08 January 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Head of Women’s Football at the NFA, Jacqui Gertze was quoted in the statement as saying that Coleman's shortlisting means Namibian women’s football has really grown to a point of continental appreciation.
“This is great for Zenatha and for Namibia, but it is even much greater for women’s football in Namibia,” she said.
Coleman was instrumental in Namibia’s group stage performances, and was the Namibian crowd favourite during her country’s participation in the 2014 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Cup held here from 11 to 25 October this year.
Nigeria emerged as overall winners.
Gertze continued that the nomination is a clear testimony of the work done in Namibian women’s football, and also a clear indication that their players have grown into mature competitors at international level.
Coleman is a great player, who works very hard and is loved by her teammates.
“She never gives up, she always wants to play, she cries when she loses a match, but above all, she is a great team player.
Therefore, she is loved by her team mates and gets a lot of support from all of them,” noted Gertze.
Coleman currently trains with all-male former First Division club Try Again in her hometown Keetmanshoop.