29 Feb 2016 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 29 FEB (NAMPA) Brave Gladiators coach Jacqueline Shipanga has never been this confident going into a qualifier and states that her charges are ready for Zambia in the 2016 CAF Womens African Cup of Nations.
The two teams meet in a first round, first leg qualifier of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Womens African Cup of Nations match in Lusaka, Zambia on Sunday.
The last time the two teams played was during the Telecom Namibia (TN) Mobile CAF Women Championship that was hosted in Namibia in October 2014. The Brave Gladiators defeated Zambia 2-0 in their opening match of the tournament.
The team has been in camp for about two weeks with 27 players, but only 19 players will travel to Zambia.
A statement availed by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) on Monday quoted Shipanga as saying: Im very happy that we had two weeks of camp, which is a great luxury for us.
She said the Women Super League has also helped a lot and the team has also managed to play three competitive matches.
I have never been this confident before a qualifier and the spirit in the camp is encouraging, she said.
Shipanga added that the discipline of the players is also very high, and they are raring to go.
It has been a while since we played a competitive international game and the ladies are ready for this game. Most of the players played against Zambia when we beat them 2-0 in 2014 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and they are aware that things have changed and they will handle that, she stated.
The Gladiators will travel to Lusaka on Wednesday.
The return leg will be on 18 March at 16h00 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
The winner will play Tanzania or Zimbabwe in the second round.
Players travelling on Wednesday to Zambia are:
Goalkeepers: Agnes Kauzuu and Mellissa Matheus;
Defenders: Uerikondjera Kasaona, Ndapewa Katuta, Stacey Naris, Ester Amukwaya, Lovisa Mulunga and Lorraine Jossob;
Midfielders: Thomalina Adams, Emma Naris, Anouska Kordom, Juliana Skrywer, Juliana Blou, Vistorine Shangula, Memory Ngonda, Veweziwa Kotjipati;
Strikers: Zenatha Coleman, Anna Shikusho and Stella Williams.