We will try our best on Saturday: Mbakera

10 Dec 2015 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 10 DEC (NAMPA) - The national under-17 women’s football team, “The Baby Gladiators”, are ready to defeat Botswana again when the two nations clash on Friday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
The match is part of the 2016 International Federation of Football Associations (Fifa) U-17 World Cup preliminary qualifiers.
The Baby Gladiators became the first junior Namibian football side to win away from home when they beat Botswana 2-1 in Gaborone, Botswana two weeks ago.
A media statement availed on Thursday by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) quoted U-17 coach, Mervin Mbakera saying the players had worked on the issues they had in the first leg in Gaborone and are now raring to go.
“We watched the game with the girls and we together identified key areas of improvement. Over the past two weeks, we were working on them, and the girls know what is expected of them and how to handle themselves on Friday,” said Mbakera.
The coach revealed that he has been working with the girls since 2012 and 80 per cent of the team was part of the under-15 side that he took to China for the Youth Olympics in 2014.
He added that they will try their best to get to the next stage of qualification.
“We are in unison and have trust in our capabilities to do enough to progress.”
The winner of the tie will advance to the first round where Nigeria awaits them in early January 2016.
The winner of that fixture will then play in the final round against either Zambia or South Africa for a place at the fifth edition of the Fifa U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan.
Only three countries will represent Africa at the championship.
The 20 players currently in camp are:
Goalkeepers: Batista Kasume and Vitjitua Tijvau (Galz & Goals).
Defenders: Veronica van Wyk (Omaheke Queens), Anna Shaende, Vanessa !Noreses, Sharon Pieters and Helena Shuumbwa (Galz & Goals), Selma Enkali (Swakopmund FC).
Midfielders: Ignacia Haoses (Tura Magic), Beverly Uueziua, Asteria Angula, Ashley Solomons, Shanice Daries and Mbitjita Mungunda (Galz & Goals).
Strikers: Julia Rutjindo (Galz & Goals), Yvonne Kooper (Tura Magic), Kylie van Wyk (Swakopmund FC) and Christa Januarie and Christophine Hanse (Mariental) and Kylie Styles (Karasburg).