Coleman stars as Brave Gladiators crush Mauritius

06 Aug 2019 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 06 AUG (NAMPA) – Zenatha Coleman scored four goals as Namibia crushed Mauritius by 8-0 in their final group B match played at Gelvandale Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on Tuesday.
Namibia, who were already eliminated from the competition, wasted a lot of chances and could have won the match with a higher score-line.
They however opened the floodgates through Coleman in the third minute, after her looping free kick eluded everyone, including the Mauritius goalkeeper, Marie Ithier.
The Gladiators then missed several chances as Beverly Uueziua missed an open goal after being set up by Coleman, while Lovisa Mulunga saw her header crashing against the crossbar.
Several other chances went begging, with Coleman, Thomalina Adams, Uueziua, Anna-Marie Shikusho and Ivone Kooper being the chief culprits.
The second goal came in the 23rd minute when Uueziua headed in the rebound after Shikusho’s shot had crashed against the crossbar.
Shikusho then scored in the 30th minute, before Lorraine Jossop smashed in Namibia’s fourth on the stroke of halftime to make it 4-0 at the break.
Coleman scored her second goal just after the resumption when she outpaced the defence and beat Ithier with a low shot, before completing her hat trick in the 73rd minute after a great run by Adams to make it 6-0 in favour of Namibia.
Namibia then continued to waste chances through their poor decision-making and lack of patience.
Coleman scored her fourth goal when she once again outpaced the defence to put Namibia 7-0 up in the 74th minute before Lovisa Mulunga put the final nail in the Mauritian coffin with a clinical finish in the 87th minute to make it 8-0.
Namibia finished the group third behind leaders Zambia and runners-up Botswana, who played out to a goalless (0-0) draw in the other group B match.
Mauritius finished bottom of the log after failing to win or score in the three matches they played, conceding a massive 26 goals.
Speaking after the match, Namibian coach Uerikondjera Kasaona said she was happy with the amount of goals scored by her team as they helped raise the confidence of her players.
She paid tribute to Mauritius’ team, saying they are young, talented and will have gained a lot of experience at the tournament.
“For us it is the end of the tournament but not of the road. We are looking forward to the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. We used this tournament as preparations for them,” Kasaona said.
Coleman was named player of the match.