Namibia's U-20 team loses to Westphalia in friendly

24 Jun 2015 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JUN (NAMPA) – Namibia’s women Under-20 football team lost to the visiting Westphalia 1-0 here on Tuesday during a friendly match.
A media statement issued by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) on Wednesday said the team is currently in preparation for the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) World Cup Under-20 qualifier against Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) next month.
The game against Westphalia was played at the NFA Technical Centre in Windhoek.
The team’s coach, Bertus Bock said the U-20 team will be ready for the match against DR Congo, which takes place in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital of Kinshasa on 11 July.
“The ladies played very well. They played according to the plan and their fighting spirit was great,” he said, referring to the match against Westphalia.
The coach however blamed a lack of experience for the team’s loss.
“We have a lot of inexperienced players in the team but the more friendlies we play, the more we can improve. We also need someone who can be reliable in terms of scoring the goals. We are creating chances but they need to be buried,” Bock said.
The statement said Westphalia midfielder Marie Muller scored the only goal when she got a low shot past goalkeeper Mellissa Matheus, nine minutes into the first half.
After being a goal down, the Namibian women fought back and matched their opponents throughout the game.
The Westphalia team, which comprises players aged between 15 and 18, next faces the national women’s football team the Brave Gladiators on Friday at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.
On Monday at the same stadium, Westphalia will take on the national Under-23 side in another friendly match.
The Namibia U-20 team’s starting line-up was as follows:
Mellissa Matheus, Emma Naris, Cadisha Kazimbu, Burnie Dennis, Asteria Angula, Beverly Uueziua, Memory Ngonda, Millicent Hikuam, Kamunikire Tjituka, Annoushka Kordom and Merolda Bester.
Westphalia’s starting eleven is as follows:
Lisa Klostermann, Lisa Piotrowsky, Marie Muller, Lea Tschope, Valentina Vogt, Nina Neumann, Ann-Sophie Vogel, Jill Eis, Nina Lange, Svenja Horenbaum and Laura Oerter.