In their quest to qualify for the 2018 Confederation of African Football (CAF) African Women Cup of Nations, the Brave Gladiators this week started with their qualifiers training camp with much emphasis on fitness.
This is in preparation for next month’s qualifying fixture against Zimbabwe.
The Brave Gladiators whose only participation at the continental women football showpiece was in 2014 when they hosted it and exited at the group stage, failed to qualify for the 2016 edition in Cameroon and will now embark on a mission to qualify for the tournament that is scheduled to take place in Ghana from 17 November to 01 December 2018.
General Manager of Women Football in the country Jacqui Shipanga released the names of the training squad which comprises 29 players. Shipanga said the training camp will feature intense fitness sessions in order to boost the team’s fitness .“The ladies have not played competitive football for five months now.
Our fitness levels will be key during this camp,” Shipanga says.
Therefore, said Shipanga, Namibia Football Association (NFA) Fitness coach Charl Botha, who has worked wonders with the Brave Warriors in their qualification and participation at the 2018 African Nations Championship(CHAN) finals in Morocco, will assist head coach Brian Isaacs to boost the players’ fitness.
The team includes USA-based Annouscka Kordom who plays for Corban Warriors and Zenatha Coleman of Real Zaragoza in Spanish Women Football League.
Veuetjiua Kotjipati who plays for German side Herforder Sportverein is also part of the team.
The rest of the team consists of local-based players. The 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers’ first round first leg match between the Gladiators and Zimbabwe will take place on Saturday 31 March, 16h00 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium with the second leg to be played on 07 April in Zimbabwe.
The winner will advance to the second round where either Tanzania or Zambia awaits while the eventual winner will secure a place at the continental showpiece.
The team list include: Goalkeepers: Lydia Eixas Agnes Kauzuu, Melisa Matheus and Fiola Vilete; Defenders: Iina Katuta, Uerikondjera Kasaona (captain), Ester Amukwaya, Stacey Naris, Lorraine Jossop, Lydiana Nanamus, Emma Naris, Anna Shaende, Lovisa Mulunga; Midfielders: Annouscka Kordom, Juliana Skrywer, Millicent Hikuam, Zenatha Coleman, Memory Ngonda, Julia Rutjindo, Elmarie Fredericks, Asteria Angula and Beverly Uueziua; Strikers: Twelikondjela Amukoto, Vewe Kotjipati, Stella Williams, Faustina Amutenya, Anna-Marie Shikusho, Julia Blou and Iyaloo Rooi.