Mulunga back to lead

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The national women under-17 side team departs for Johannesburg tomorrow as they prepare to take on South Africa in their second-leg 2012 World Cup qualifiers.

The team which played to one-all draw with the South African two weeks, this week welcomed back captain Lovisa Mulunga, who was part of the senior national team that were defeated 5-2 by Tanzania over the weekend in Dar es Salaam last weekend.

According to the acting head coach of the Baby Gladiators Bertus Bock, the team is oozing with confidence ahead of their clash against the South Africans and they are aware of the task at hand.

“We are cognizant of the situation and have prepared well for the second leg. It will be away, but our players are confident and the technical team is having the trust and believe that they will do well against South Africa on Saturday”, Bock said.

He adds that the availability of the captain and the recovery of first choice keeper Melanie Hikuam will surely boast the team’s chances.

“Lovisa is the captain and her leadership and direction is vital for the team and as for Melanie, we all pray and hope she is ready to face the South Africans on Saturday. We are hopeful she passes a late fitness test”.

The team’s captain Mulunga echoed her coach’s sentiments and believes the South Africans will be tricky but beatable.

“They will at home and have world cup experience already and for us, it will be just a matter of doing the rights things at the right time and everything will fall into places. We play as a unit and that can carry us through eventually. We are ready and proud to be representing our country at such a level” Mulunga said.

Head of delegation will be Jacqueline Gertze with Tim Isaacs as the NFA International Affairs manager and Natasha Cloete as Team Manager.

Here is the complete squad of 18 for the 2012 FIFA Women U/17 World Cup qualifier First Round, Second –leg match.

Melanie Hikuam, Sharrifa Appolus, Lovisa Mulunga, Eddelissingh Naris, Annouscka Kordom, Celine Tjombe, Melody Mbari, Millicent Hikuam, Abrille Beukes, Anuscka Meyer, Mellisa Matheus, Anna Marie Shikusho, Demetria Gertze, Memory Ngonda, Depheny Noabes, Juliana Blou, Hobasen Uiras and Burnie Dennis.