Shipanga names Gladiators for Women Championship

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Brave Gladiators coach Jaqueline Shipanga on Thursday morning announced her final 21-women squad for the upcoming ninth edition of the TN Mobile CAF Women Championship which plays in Windhoek, Namibia from 11 to 25 October.

During a media conference held at the Namibia Football Association (NFA), there were no surprises in the final squad with the regulars making the final cut such as captain and defender Uerikondjera Kasaona and the mercurial playmaker Zenatha Coleman and the combative midfielder Thomalina Adams.

Shipanga says they had 24 players in camp for the championship and they it was not easy to settle on the final 21.

“Like I said before, I worked with these girls for so many years and I know what they can do and they all deserve to be around but rules are clear we need only 21 and we have the option of having a shortlist of players namely Anna Shikesho and Novata Paulus, who will be ready to ship in once there are injuries or something major to any of the 21 players before the competition starts”, Shipanga said.

The other player not in the final 21 is Rehoboth Queens’ Natasha Ndjao.

She also sang praise of the commitment shown by some senior players. “Stella (Rita Williams) and Elmarie Fredericks have shown hunger and desire to be in the team and they made it and they have the experience to add value to the teams’ course” explains Shipanga.

Head of the NFA Women Department Jacky Gertze is excited about the situation as well: “We have been around with this team in preparations for this competition for about eight months and it was never easy as some are in school and at work, but we have managed and thanks to the government for committing N$ 8 Million for that process which has brought us here today. It is a great moment and we have entrusted the coach with selecting the players that can do the job and I have no doubt these 21 will do us proud” Gertze indicates.

Renowned local coaches Bobby Samaria, Willem Kapukare, Timo Tjongarero, Woody Jacobs and Bernard Kaanjuka were announced as members of the Technical Advisory Committee which will be headed by the NFA Technical Director Klaus Starke.

The Brave Gladiators will play a friendly match against Algeria at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday, 04 October at 17h00 with public entrance free of charge.
The host will then open the tournament against Zambia at the same venue and time on Saturday 11 October.

Here is the final 21 Brave Gladiators: Goalkeepers: Lydia Eixas, Agnes Kauzuu and Susanna Eises, Defenders: Uerikondjera Kasaona, Iina Katuta, Twelikondjela Amukoto, Stacey Naris, Lorraine Jossob, Ester Amukwaya and Veweziwa Kotjipati, Midfielders: Lena Noreses, Annouscka Kordom, Juliana Skrywer, Thomalina Adams, Zenatha Coleman, Memory Ngonda, Shirley Cloete and Lovisa Mulunga, Strikers: Vistoria Shangula, Rita Williams and Elmarie Fredericks.