Shipanga embraces 'National Identification Tournament'

26 Feb 2015 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 26 FEB (NAMPA)- National women's football coach Jacqueline Shipanga complemented the 'Talent Identification Tournament', saying it gives an opportunity to developing players to showcase their talent.
Shipanga told Nampa on Thursday that the Identification tournament is the best platform for all the new women footballers to get exposure to other teams.
“This is a very good tournament because you even have players from the regions and it helps me to identify new players for the national team,” she said.
Shipanga said she will be selecting players at that tournament to join the Gladiators in their camp on Sunday.
The players will be selected from the four local female football powerhouses that have booked their places in the semi-finals of the National Talent Identification Tournament set for Saturday.
“We want to continue strengthening the team, that is why we always want to bring in new players so even when they play you won't see the difference between the new and the old players,” she said.
The Brave Gladiators will take on Swaziland on Independence day, in Windhoek.
Galz & Goals, Poly Babes, 21 Brigade United and JS Academy will compete in the semi-finals at the NFA Technical Centre.
The JS Academy girls eased their way to the semi-finals with a 7-1 victory over Galz & Goals A before whitewashing Omaheke ladies 24-0 in their Pool C fixtures.
Namibia Defence Force side 21 Brigade United had the challenge of Okahandja Blitz and V-Power Angels in Pool B and they bested Angels 3-0 and then labored to a 2-0 victory over Blitz in their second game.
The experienced Poly Babes stated off with a humbling defeat at the hands of Challengers 6-0 but recovered well in their second game with a comprehensive 8-0 win over Galz & Goals.
Galz & Goals A side were the last side to sneak into the semi-finals as the best runner-up. They won their second game in Pool C against Omaheke ladies, taking it 14-0 after losing the first game to JS Academy 7-1.
The semi-finals will be played on Saturday at the NFA Technical Centre staring of at 08h00 with a clash between Poly Babes against Galz & Goals A to be followed by the second final decider between 21 Brigade United against tournament favourite JS Academy at 09h40.
The two losing semi-finalists will then fight for the consolation prize of third place as they meet in the third-place playoff match at 13h00 while the final match to decide the 2015 champions of the Talent Identification Tournament (TIT) will be contested at 15h00 at the Technical Centre.
The entrance fee is N.dollars 2.