Coleman thrilled at Uefa Women's Champions League debut

17 Aug 2016 15:30pm
By Rhonie //Garoëb
REHOBOTH, 17 AUG (NAMPA) – Union of European Football Associations (Uefa) debutant, Zenatha Coleman of Namibia, is thrilled at the opportunity of competing in that competition.
“I am very excited but calm, and I think it is the biggest stage of my career. I am just hoping to make the best out of it,” the striker told Nampa via e-mail on Tuesday.
Coleman and compatriot Thomalina Adams will compete in the 2016 Uefa Women’s Champions League with their team Gintra Universitetas of Lithuania from 23 August onward. Their team competes in the Lithuanian women’s league.
The two will be the first Namibian women to play in the Uefa Women's Champions League. Former senior men's national team player Collin Benjamin, with his side Hamburg from Germany, was the first Namibian man to compete in a Uefa champions league.
Coleman has scored 25 goals in all competitions for her club thus far and vowed to keep on scoring to fulfil her dream of playing in England within the next two years.
“England is where I want to be; best organised and marketed league in the world.”
She joined Mountain Rangers women’s football club in Keetmanshoop, from where she became the most celebrated woman footballer in Namibia.
Coleman, who was born in Keetmanshoop 23 years ago, made her debut for the Brave Gladiators in 2009 in Angola and has scored 19 international goals thus far.
Her most memorable game was against Nigeria in the 2014 African Women’s Championship hosted in Windhoek, which they lost 0-2.
Coleman described her grandfather, Salute Coleman, as her biggest inspiration, saying he ‘pushes’ her all the way and always supports her.
“I am forever grateful for what he has done for me and I have to repay the faith he has shown in me by doing well in Europe.”
Salute is a former midfielder of Try Again Football Club (FC) of Keetmanshoop.
Coleman noted that almost all her family members played football and her mother was also a great goalkeeper: “It is where the love of the game started”.
She urged upcoming footballers to stay focused and abstain from drugs and alcohol.
“Stay focused on God’s purpose; keep your attitude right. Purpose will create the path to all things God truly want for you. Choose your own life. Don’t let no one else decide for you.”
Gintra Universitetas has won an astonishing 13 championships.
It first played in the Uefa Women’s Cup and from 2009 onwards in the Uefa Women’s Champions League.
Gintra Universitetas will play against ARF Criuleni from Maldova on 23 August 2016; against Wexford Youths Women’s FC (Newcastle, England) on 25 August 2016; and against BIIK-Kazygurt (Kazakhstan) on 28 August 2016.