By John Tuerijama
BRAVE Gladiators head coach Brian Isaacs has expressed satisfaction with the performance of the senior national women football team at the just-ended Council of Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) women championship held in neighbouring South Africa. Speaking to Confidente this week, Isaacs said that the Brave Gladiators were supposed to have progressed beyond the group stages but the team failed dismally to capitalise on the chances created in their opening match against Zimbabwe. The team lost by a solitary goal to Zimbabwe. The Brave Gladiators needed to beat the invitational side Uganda but Issacs said the team wasted chances though they managed to upset Swaziland by a huge margin. Isaacs said the team’s performance was above expectation though the Brave Gladiators were eliminated from the competition because of the goalless draw against Uganda. “We conceded silly goals and we failed to capitalise on the chances but I must stress that we played competitive football against Zimbabwe. Against Uganda, the girls played lovely yet encouraging football,” the coach said. The national team technical committee will continue building on the momentum created now that the women super league will kick off this coming weekend at the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Technical Centre. “We will use the women super league to scout for talent because the idea is to have a shadow team comprising mostly of the under-20 football players,” commented Isaacs. He said the women super league will give the young girls the necessary game time needed and will provide the girls with more competitive games to grow Namibian women football in leaps and bounds. The head coach said competitions such as the COSAFA women championship help prepare the players for action, a situation that will benefit the national team if they are to play against Africa football power houses. According to Issacs, the women super league will also give the girls opportunities to showcase their talent thereby increasing the selection pool from which he can scout players for the national team. With Namibia having failed to qualify for the African Nations Cup scheduled for South Africa, Isaacs said that the focus has now been shifted to the 2020 nations’ cup. Isaacs is of the opinion that Namibia has natural talent and with women super league managing to reign in a sponsor, the growth of women football in Namibia is expected to take a quantum jump. The women super league got a sponsorship of N$700 000 from Skorpion Zinc mine, while the Namibia Football Association is expected to cover the shortfall to bring the total to N$1 million.
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