It’s only the beginning for Zenatha and Thomalina

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Namibia’s most celebrated women footballers, Zenatha Coleman and Thomalina Adams left for London last night en route to joining up with their new professional European club, Gintra Universitetas in Lithuania.

The mercurial Zenatha Coleman and the stylish Thomalina Adams, both from Karas region, were the poster girls for Brave Gladiators during Namibia’s maiden appearance at the continental women football, the 2014 CAF Women Championships held in Windhoek and followed that up with a good showing at the Spain International Women Tournament in August last year, prompting Gintra to offer them professionals contracts.

Player agent Sonny Nandaemua Maharero says the players will be sorting out their visas in London before proceeding to Lithuania to fulfill their one-year contracts.

“They signed for one year and now the ball is in their courts to prove their worth and maybe get an extension or move on. Gintra is very ambitious and their plan is to qualify for UEFA Champions League and Thomalina and Zenatha can certainly help them achieve that feat. They have the world ahead of them and they just need to prove themselves”, Maharero, who brokered the deal states.

Coleman and Adams joins their new club amid the season which runs up to October and which if they win the league they will be involved in the qualifying round for the 2017 UEFA Champions League, which provides another window of oprtunity for the ladies.

Before their departure on earlier this week, Coleman expressed mixed emotions about her new life.

“I’m excited and also very nervous because it will be a new life with some much expectations but I’m looking forward to it. My professional career has finally arrived and now I need to step up and be counted as well. It’s my talent from God and I need to make the best of it by entertaining an making a living from it”, Coleman said.

Brave Gladiators coach Jacqui Shipanga was also very emotional about the girls exit from local football: “I have coached them since they were 13 and together we have shaped each other really. They have worked hard and always listen to advise and thanks to all those that believe in our dream such as FIFA, NFA, NAWISA, Westphalia, the German FA and for the Karas region for these fruits. I have no doubt they will do us all proud”, stated Shipanga.

Gintra Universitetas competes in the highest Lithuanian league, the A Lyga which only have six teams and has won 14 championships so far with the fourth one in 2005 and every championship since then. After its championships, the club played in the UEFA Women’s Cup and from 2009 onwards in the UEFA Women Champions League.