By Sports Reporter
BRAVE Gladiators’ star player Zenatha Coleman says she is ready to step up and be counted when the national senior women’s team faces the Mighty Warriors of Zimbabwe today (Thursday) at the Sam Nujoma stadium.
Coleman is expected to be instrumental in the 2018 Confederation of African Football (CAF) African Women Cup of Nations qualifiers, first Round showdown.
The skillful goals poacher is part of the 22 ladies to take on Zimbabwe, and she has been a key member of the Brave Gladiators over the years and today she targets victory for Namibia.
As quoted on the Namibia Football Association` (NFA) website, about today’s match, Coleman said, “We have come a long way and we need to achieve something as a team. In 2014 it was a great experience for us and now we need to push for qualification.
“We have to win on Thursday and then go to Harare with a chance because they will be tough over there with their supporters cheering them on, and so we need to do our job now.” The Real Zaragoza-, Spain-based football side striker says she will have to bring her A game to the party to inspire her beloved Brave Gladiators.
“They will come out at me and I have the experience and God-given talent to try to evade them and do well for my team. My teammates are also around and well prepared, and I can handle the pressure”, said Coleman. The Brave Gladiators whose only participation at the continental women football showpiece was in 2014 when they hosted it and exited in the group stages, failed to qualify for the 2016 edition in Cameroon. The team will now embark upon qualification to Ghana scheduled from 17 November to 1 December 2018.
The Zimbabwean team arrived in Windhoek on Tuesday morning and the Gladiators will be jetting out to Zimbabwe immediately after the match on Thursday to prepare for their Sunday, 8 April return leg in Harare. The winner will advance to the second round where either Tanzania or Zambia awaits and the eventual winner books their tickets for the finals.
Entrance will be N$ 10 and all football lovers are urged to grace the majestic Sam Nujoma stadium for a memorable match of football. Zimbabwean star player the Spain-based Rutendo Makore is a big doubt for the first leg with an ankle injury.
The Gladiators: Agnes Kauzuu, Melisa Matheus, Iina Katuta, Uerikondjera Kasaona (captain), Ester Amukwaya, Stacey Naris, Lorraine Jossop, Emma Naris, Lovisa Mulunga; Annouscka Kordom, Juliana Blou, Millicent Hikuama, Zenatha Coleman, Memory Ngonda, Elmarie Fredericks, Beverly Uueziua, Twelikondjela Amukoto, Vewe Kotjipati, Thomalina Adams, Faustina Amutenya, Anna-Marie Shikusho, Lydiana Nanamus.
Zimbabwe: Chido Dzingirai, Manyara Mandara, Nobuhle Majika, Nobukhosi Ncube, Sheila Makoto, Lynett Mutokuto, Edline Mutumbami, Talent Mandaza, Daisy Kaitano, Marjory Nyaumwe, Emmaculate Msipa, Mavis Chirandu, Felistas Muzongondi, Berita Kabwe, Rutendo Makore ,Susan Nyama, Erina Jeke and Vimbai Mharadzi.
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