Westphalia too strong for Brave Gladiators

27 Jun 2015 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JUN (NAMPA) – The senior national women’s football team, Brave Gladiators, lost 2-3 to an Under-18 Westphalia team at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday.
The visiting German Westphalia team is on its annual visit to Namibia.
Westphalia opened the scoring in the first-half through Oliwia Wos during the 16th minute. Three minutes later, Zenatha Coleman equalised for the home team after a brilliant free-kick.
The half-time score was 1-1.
In the second half, the Gladiators emerged as the more dominant side, taking the lead a few minutes into the second half through Thomalina Adams, who converted with Anuska Kodoms assistance.
The Gladiators then missed a number of scoring chances and lost their dominance with only 25 minutes left of the game.
In the 80th minute, Wos equalised after the Gladiators’ defence was “caught napping”, and with only two minutes to go before regular time, Marie Muller scored their winning goal.
Speaking to the media after the game, the Gladiators’ assistant coach, Brian Isaacs said Westphalia were a strong competitor for the Gladiators because they play games more often on a weekly basis, than the Gladiators who have not been very active.
“I don’t want to make excuses but our girls lack match fitness and this is something we need to change going forward.
“I really think it is high time that we start the women’s football league that can keep these players match-fit,” he said.
Westphalia assistant coach, Maik Busses said the Gladiators were a good opponent for his youthful side.
“It is a good experience to come to Namibia and play the national team because this is an opportunity that most of these girls don’t get when we are at home, as we only play other local football clubs,” he said.
Busses added that the Gladiators were not as aggressive as the Namibian U-20 team they played earlier in the week.
Westphalia won that match 1-0.
Their next game will be on Monday against the U-23s at the same stadium, starting at 15h30.