Concede less goals and enjoy playing football: Mbakera

19 Jan 2016 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JAN (NAMPA) – National under-17 girls football team coach, Mervin Mbakera said the team will pick up where they left off when they face Nigeria on Friday at the Sam Nujoma stadium.
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.
Namibia lost 0-4 to the West African nation on 09 January in the first leg of the qualifiers in Abuja.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday after the team’s afternoon training session in Windhoek, Mbakera said the team made a lot of individual errors in Nigeria but upon their return, they worked on their mistakes.
“Our aim going into this match is to not concede a lot of goals like we did in our last game. If you look at the Nigerian game, we conceded four goals and it’s a pity the score line does not reflect the true outcome of game. The girls did better than what the score line shows.
“When we came back from Nigeria, we played a friendly game on Saturday with the Brave Gladiators and their coach, Jacqui Shipanga prepared her team based on the Nigerian style of play and it helped us a lot on how to improve on our game from the previous one,” said Mbakera.
The ‘Baby Gladiators’, as they are also known, lost 0-6 to the senior women’s national team, the ‘Brave Gladiators’.
He said they are preparing to avoid conceding more goals while maintaining enjoyable football during the match against Nigeria.
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.