The national women football under-17 side are preparing for the preliminary round first leg away match against Botswana next weekend and will look for a positive start to the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women World Cup to be held in Jordan from September 30 to October 21 2016.
Namibia will visit Botswana next week for their clash in Gaborone on Sunday November 29 with the return leg a week later in Windhoek and despite school commitments from the girls, coach Mervin Mbakera and his team have been going about their business of preparing well, with 27 players part of the training camp at the NFA Technical Centre.
“It will be a tough game for us, the first time for these girls to play away in such a match but we have the obligation to make sure we do well in Botswana. A win will be great but we need at least a draw away from home. The girls are focused and enjoying themselves, but we have a long way to go and working very hard on that. Education comes first and so they have time to study and write their exams as well,” Mbakera says.
The winner of the Namibia vs Botswana tie will advance to the first round where Nigeria await in early January 2016. The winner of that fixture will then play in the final round against either Zambia or South Africa for a place at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women World Cup, 5th edition in Jordan. Only three countries will represent Africa at the championships.
As part of their preparations the under-17 team will play a friendly match against the Brave Gladiators Shadow Team on Saturday at 16h30 at the NFA Technical Centre.
The full U-21 squad is follows:
Goalkeepers: Batista Kasume and Vitjitua Tijvau (Galz & Goals). Defenders: Veronica Van Wyk (Omaheke Queens), Anna Shaende, Vanessa !Noreses, Sharon Pieter and Helena Shuumbwa (Galz & Goals), Jasmine Baas (St. Paul College), Selma Enkali (Swakopmund FC). Midfielders: Ignacia Haoses (Tura Magic), Beverly Uueziua, Asteria Angula, Farida Eises, Ashley Solomons, Shanice Daries and Mbitjita Mungunda (Galz & Goals). Strikers: Julia Rutjindo (Galz & Goals), Moriza Gawanas and Yvonne Kooper (Tura Magic), Kylie Van Wyk (Swakopmund FC) and Lucinda Agas (Omaheke Queens).
Shortedlisted players: Christa Januarie, Christophine Hanse and Mercia Skrywer (Mariental), Bianca Van Wyk (Galz & Goals), Chantel Munyengwa (Windhoek City Girls) and Cathy Geingos (UNAM Bokkies).