Baby Gladiators have character: Coach

17 Jan 2016 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JAN (NAMPA) – It is a privilege to play against Nigeria and the experience will be invaluable, says under-17 national girls football team coach, Mervin Mbakera.
He was quoted in a statement issued on Sunday as saying: “They can overpower us because of their physical strength that give them advantage but we can get there. Our team has character and that is very important”.
Namibia will face Nigeria in the second leg of the 2016 International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) Women’s U-17 World Cup first round qualifiers.
The match is set for the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the capital on Friday.
Namibia lost 0-4 to the West African nation’s team on 09 January in the first leg of the qualifiers in Abuja.
Mbakera said the ‘Baby Gladiators’, as the junior Namibian team is also known, has character that can help them fight for each other and for Namibia.
“When we played in Nigeria, it was not an easy game but after the halftime talk, our girls came back strongly and displayed great character that they had to fight and they did their best. In the end, it was promising for us to learn that we can hold our own against a team of Nigeria’s calibre,” he said.
The winner between Namibia and Nigeria on Friday will face either Zambia or South Africa.
Jordan will host the 2016 edition of the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup from 30 September to 21 October.
Meanwhile, the Baby Gladiators lost 0-6 to the senior women’s national team, the ‘Brave Gladiators’, at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.