Gladiators beat Swaziland in friendly

26 Aug 2017 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 26 AUG (NAMPA) – The Brave Gladiators beat Swaziland national women’s team 3-2 in an international friendly match played at the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Technical Centre on Saturday.
The match was part of the preparations by both teams for the upcoming 2017 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Women’s Senior Tournament.
Two goals by Anna-Marie Shikusho and one by Twelikondjela Amukoto in the first 45 minutes were enough for the Namibians, who managed to contain their opponents who looked like they would snatch a draw, or even a win, in the second half.
Swaziland scored their two goals in the second half through impressive Celiwe Nkambule and a penalty in injury time by Nqobile Dlamini.
Namibia dominated the first half in what Gladiators’ new head coach Brian Isaacs said was a result of the multiple changes he made.
“We started well but seeing that it was my first game, I had to assess the girls. I made a lot of changes, five in total in the second half, to give everyone a chance to impress and that disrupted our momentum.
“We created enough chances to win the game comfortably but we did not utilise them,” Isaacs said.
He added that there were a lot of lessons learnt on Saturday which he will use to prepare for the tournament in Zimbabwe.
Isaacs further said he was satisfied with the team’s performance and was impressed by their defensive abilities, adding that they are ready for Cosafa.
Swaziland coach Mduduzi Nxumalo said his team started slow because of the long trip and late arrival in the country.
“I think the girls lacked confidence and did not trust each other. In the second half they improved on that, but we still need to instil a sense of confidence in the team.
“We did not get tired and continued playing and that’s a good aspect for us,” he said.
Namibia is in Group C and will face three-time winners South Africa, Lesotho and Botswana.
Meanwhile, the Young Gladiators will take on their Swazi counterparts as well at the same venue on Sunday at 15h00 for the Under-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers on 18 September in South Africa.