Gladiators crash out of Olympics qualifiers

10 Apr 2019 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 10 APR (NAMPA) – The Brave Gladiators were held to a 2-2 draw by Botswana in the second leg qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics first round, played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium here on Tuesday evening.
The Gladiators started off brightly and took an early lead through star player Zenatha Coleman, whose free kick found the back of the net despite desperate attempts by Sedilame Bosisa in goal for Botswana.
However, Botswana replied through Nondi Mahlasela in the 10th minute after volleying home a cross by Refilwe Tholakele.
Namibia continued to put the visitors under pressure but poor passing and decision-making saw them lose possession unnecessarily.
Coleman then put Namibia back in front just before halftime when she scored an almost identical free kick, as the hosts went into halftime leading 2-1.
With Namibia sensing victory, they pushed more players forward and Lovisa Mulunga’s cross found Tomalina Adams whose header was easily gathered by Bosisa.
The goalkeeper immediately launched a counterattack when she found teammate Tholakele who crossed for Mahlasela to tap into an empty net in the 52nd minute.
The 2-2 draw means Botswana qualifies for the next round courtesy of a 3-2 victory aggregate after defeating Namibia by a 1-0 scoreline in Gaborone, Botswana in the first leg last week Friday.
Botswana now face South Africa in the second round of the qualifiers in August.