Gladiators Take On Botswana

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Namibia’s Brave Gladiators take on Botswana in an international friendly match on Wednesday afternoon as part of their preparations for the African Women’s Championships in October.

It will be the Gladiators’ third friendly match over the past two months and the head of the NFA women’s desk Jacky Gertze said they had identified their weaknesses and were now closer to identifying their final squad of 23 players.

At the beginning of July Namibia lost 2-1 to South Africa in Windhoek and two weeks ago they lost 2-0 to the same opponents in Johannesburg.

Gertze said that national coach Jacqui Shipanga had decided to call up three more players after the Johannesburg defeat to strengthen some positions.

“Our coach Jacqui Shipanga was not happy with the performance in Johannesburg and she decided that we needed to call up more players to strengthen some positions. We called up three more players in Leandri Lucas, Kleintjie Fredericks and Natasha Ndjao but they are all working and we initially had some difficulties to get them released. But now we have reached agreements with their employers and we will continue to pay their salaries for the next two months while they are in camp, because we need that talent,” she said.

“The coach has been working a lot on our defence which was easily exploited by South Africa. We could also not score in Johannesburg which is an old problem, but we are working on that. But we have identified our weaknesses and are closer to identifying our final 23 players for the African Women’s Championships,” she added.

Gertze said that Botswana would provide a tough test for Namibia.

“Botswana always provides good competition for Namibia. A month ago they lost 4-0 away to South Africa, but the last time we played them we drew 0-0 in Windhoek.”

Gertze said they were planning several more friendly matches before the start of the African Women’s Championships on 10 October.

“Algeria and Ghana will arrive earlier in Namibia to hold training camps before the African Women’s Championships start.

Algeria will already arrive on 26 September, and we will try to organise two friendly matches against them on 28 September and 2 October. Ghana will also arrive earlier and will hold a training camp in Swakopmund. We are currently negotiating with them to try and organise another friendly before the end of August,” she said.

Wednesday’s friendly against Botswana starts at 16h30 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and entrance is free of charge.

Source : The Namibian

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