26 Feb 2015 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 26 FEB (NAMPA) Twenty-six women football players were called for a training camp ahead of Namibias international friendly match against Swaziland on 21 March.
The players will start training on Sunday.
Senior national women's football team coach Jacqueline Shipanga was quoted in a statement issued on Thursday that the team has been invited by the government to play against Swaziland as part of Namibias 25th Independence anniversary.
Four players for each position in the team were called up.
The reason for the high number of players called up is because almost half of the players are scholars and students, and we do not want them to miss out on classes in the morning. This will ensure that we have at least a training group of 20 players per session, she said.
Meanwhile, the team has also been invited to play in the fourth COTIF women's tournament in L'Alcúdia in Valencia, Spain from 15 to 19 August 2015.
This Spain invitation will give an opportunity for our players to play semi- or professional football. Players who have been identified for trials are Tomalina Adams, Zenatha Coleman and Lorraine Jossop, she stated.
Shipanga noted that new players emerged during the recent the talent-identification tournament, and were also called up for the training camp.
She singled out Vicky Kambonde of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF); Selma Mavulu; 16-year-old Millicent Hikuam and Mellissa Matheus, both learners at the Eldorado and Augustineum high schools.
All these players did particularly well during the talent-identification tournament and we anticipate to integrate them gradually into the system, said Shipanga.
All players will undergo a fitness test on Monday afternoon, and the final 20 players will be announced a week before the match.
The players called up are: Novata Paulus (NDF), Sussana Eises (Okahandja), Agnes Kauzuu (JS Academy), Selma Mavulu (Poly Babes), Mammie Kasaona (NDF), Esther Amukwaya (NDF), Ndapewa Katuta (JS Academy), Vicky Kambonde (JS Academy), Lovisa Mulunga (JS Academy), Lorraine Jossop (Poly Babes), Stacy Naris (Okahandja Blitz), Anna Shaende (Galz & Goals FC), Tomalina Adams (JS Academy), Emma Naris (JS Academy), Kleintjie Fredericks (JS Academy), Vistorine Shaangula (JS Academy), Anoushka Kordom (JS Academy), Millicent Hikaam (JS Academy), Melissa Matheus (JS Academy), Memory Ngoda Ibbenburen (Germany), Zenatha Coleman (JS Academy), Stella Williams (NDF), Anna Shikesho (JS Academy), Vewe Kotjipati (Fsv Gutersloh), Lydia Eixas (Okahandja Blitz), Albertha Dawes (JS Academy) and Juliana Blou (JS Academy).