Mixed results for Gladiators against Swaziland

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The Brave Gladiators played and won their first international match of 2017 on Saturday as they emerged 3-2 winners against Swaziland while the Young Gladiators lost on penalties to the same opponents on Sunday afternoon at the NFA Technical Centre.

The Gladiators used the game on Saturday to prepare for the upcoming Women’s COSAFA games scheduled to take place from the 13 to -25th September in Zimbabwe and the first half was very tense, with both teams struggling to find an opportunity to create a goal. Both teams lacked confidence but that did not stop Twelikondjela Amukoto from securing the first goal for the Gladiators with a taken header. Man of the match Anna Marie Shikusho scored two more goals before halftime.

The second half saw the Swaziland women come back stronger and with better tactics and Celiwe Nkambule scored the first goal for her team and Ngobile Dlamini followed suit with a second goal when the team was granted a penalty.

The interim Head coach of the Brave Gladiators, Brian Isaacs was pleased with the performance of the team. “The game was an eye opener and I am satisfied with the results. I substituted some players at half-time. I need to see how all the players perform, but adding the players changed the momentum and balance of the game. From now on I can work on today’s performance and rectify before the we leave for COSAFA”.

On Sunday, there was contrasting result for the Young Gladiators as they lost 5-3 on penalties after a two-all draw.

Kyle van Wyk gave the Young Gladiators the halftime lead and it was soon 2-0 in the second half through Lillie Kasheeta. But as the home side seemed to be in cruise control, Swaziland managed to force the game into a penalty shoot-out as they found two goals through Ngobile Dlamini.

The Young Warriors used the match to prepare for their World Cup first leg qualifier against South Africa scheduled for 18 September in Johannesburg.