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) Womens Footballer of the Year award.
Other finalists are Nigerias Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala; Cameroons 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 Womens Football at the NFA, Jacqui Gertze was quoted in the statement as saying that Coleman's shortlisting means Namibian womens 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 womens football in Namibia, she said.
Coleman was instrumental in Namibias group stage performances, and was the Namibian crowd favourite during her countrys participation in the 2014 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Womens 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 womens 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.