Gladiators ready for clash against Swaziland

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WINDHOEK – The Namibian senior national football team, the Brave Gladiators, have been trimmed down to 23 players and are ready to ambush Swaziland on Saturday, in a clash that will mark the country’s 25th independence celebrations at Windhoek’s Independence Stadium.

Gladiators coach Jacqui Shipanga has released a 23-women list, three less than the initial list of 26 players called up for the training camp about two weeks ago.

Shortlisted goalkeeper Alberta Dawes of JS Academy has made the final 23 and so has club-mate Julian Blou.

“Initially we had Susanna Eises called up but due to work commitments she did not make it and so Alberta had to come in. Expectations are high as we raised the bar during the continental women’s championship last year and we now have to keep proving those standards,” Shipanga explained.

“The mood has now changed as well. Players are more focused and ready to do well on Saturday. It will be a sentimental game for the team not just because of our independence celebrations but also because the team wants to win for Dr Hage Geingob.”

Gladiators star player Zenatha Coleman, who mesmerized all with her dazzling skills during last year’s CAF Women’s Championship, will again be the lady to watch on Saturday as she prepares to go for trials in Sweden soon.

The Germany-based pair of defender Veweziwa Kotjipati and midfielder Memory Ngonda are expected to add some steel to the rearguard. The match will take place at the Independence Stadium at 16h00.

The full squad is
as follows:

Goalkeeper: Novata Paulus (NDF), Alberta Dawes and Agnes Kauzuu (both JS Academy).
Defenders: Mammie Kasaona and Esther Amukwaya (both NDF), Ndapewa Katuta , Emma Naris, Twelikondjela Amukoto, Lovisa Mulunga (all JS Academy), Lorraine Jossop (Poly Babes) and Veweziwa Kotjipati (Fsv Gutersloh-Germany). Midfielders: Thomalina Adams, Kleintjie Fredericks, Vistorine Shaangula, Annouscka Kordom, Elina Uulumbu (all JS Academy), Juliana Skrywer (Okahandja Beauties) and Memory Ngonda (Ibbenburen-Germany). Strikers: Zenatha Coleman, Millicent Hikuam and Anna Shikusho (both JS Academy) and Stella Williams.

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