U-23 women footballers for Newspaper Cup announced

26 Mar 2015 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 26 MAR (NAMPA) – The national under-23 women’s football squad that will play against their senior counterparts during 2015 The Namibian Newspaper Cup in Outjo over the Easter weekend, have been announced.
The competition is primarily for under-20 men, and will be played from 03 to 06 April.
Senior women's football team (Brave Gladiators) coach Jacqueline Shipanga released the list of the players here on Thursday, saying the players are excited to always be part of the Newspaper Cup and are ready to show the beautiful side of the game.
She said the team consists of senior players, noting that the national team wants to maintain momentum of the players’ physical fitness and generally helping them to gain much-needed match fitness.
Featuring in the U-23 team is ever-improving Juliana Skrywer from the Brave Gladiators, who recently played the left wing position excellently - a position that has been a problem within women’s football for years and which cost Namibia dearly during the African Women’s Championship in 2014, said Shipanga.
Skrywer scored a goal during the senior team’s friendly game against Swaziland on Saturday from a header.
Another call-up, Vistorine 'Mussasa' Shangula who is a natural left-footer, contributed to two goals after outpacing her opponents and brilliant crosses.
The team will be captained by Tomalina 'Pele' Adams, while the Brave Gladiators will be skippered by Anoushka 'China' Kordom.
“Most of the players from the shadow team are graduates of the Galz & Goals team and are still under-20, while new kid on the block, Victoria Haushona from Ohangwena Region who had been identified recently at the talent identification cup, has been called up to show her skills,” said Shipanga.
The 16-year-old Millicent Hikuam, who was called up for the international friendly this past weekend but did not get an opportunity to play due to injury, will now get a chance to prove her football quality.
Meanwhile, Shipanga will not coach of any of the two teams, saying she is giving the opportunity to her assistant coaches Ace Komeya and Brain Isaacs to harness their coaching skills.
“Both coaches will be assisted by up and coming junior coaches Mammie Kasaona, who is being groomed as one of the future female coaches in the country, and ever-improving Mervin Mbakera who recently reached the finals of the talent identification tournament with his youthful U17 Galz & Goals team,” she said.
The U-23 players are: Albertha Dawes, Victoria Haushona, Batista Kanume, Lorraine Jossop, Vewe Kotjipati, Lovisa Mulunga, Kadisha Kazimbu, Tomalina Adams, Victorine Shangula, Zenatha Coleman, Emma Naris, Juliana Skrywer, Anna Shikusho, Juliana Blou, and Elina Uulumbu.