Nam's U-17 women's football team beat Bostwana

30 Nov 2015 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 30 NOV (NAMPA) – The Namibian national under-17 women’s team beat Botswana 2-1 in the 2016 International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) Women World Cup qualifiers on Sunday in Gaborone, Botswana.
This team, also called the “Baby Gladiators”, became the first junior Namibian football side to win away from home.
A media statement availed by the Namibia Football Association on Monday said the Namibian team created about seven chances to score but only managed to find the back of the net midway in the first half. Namib Daughters’ striker Kylie van Wyk scored the goal.
The hosts responded and equalized a few minutes before the first-half concluded.
In the second half, Tura Magic striker Fransisca Haoses scored a powerful shot to take the lead again. Her goal was the last of the first-leg tie.
Namibian coach, Mervin Mbakera was quoted in the statement as saying they played very well.
“It was a victory well-deserved and the girls are very well aware that to lose at home will be very bad. So the second leg will be huge for us.
“It won’t be easy but we will be working on the mistakes from the first leg and then try to finish the work in Windhoek. The victory really helps our course and hosting Botswana, we will know exactly what to do with not so much pressure,” stated Mbakera.
The two teams will meet for the second leg in Windhoek at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on 11 December 2015, and the winner will progress to the next round and face Nigeria early January 2016.
The winning team of that fixture will play either Zambia or South Africa in the final round to book their place at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women World Cup in Jordan.
Africa will only be represented by three counties at the championship.