The national junior women?s football team, Young Gladiators, will leave for South Africa Friday for their first round first leg clash of the 2018 International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Women?s Under-20 World Cup qualifiers.
In a media release by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) on Thursday, Under-20 Coach, Mervin Mbakera was optimistic about the team?s chances against South Africa.
The team will have to do without the services of key players in goalkeeper Melissa Matheus and midfielders Memory Ngonda and Millicent Hikuam.
The trio are currently in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe with the senior national women?s team in the 2017 Council of South African Football Associations Cup.
?We have worked very hard and come match day we really want to have full dedication and fighting spirit to get a result that will compliment all our hard work during the last weeks,? said Mbakera.
Namibia has been without the Women?s Super League for almost two years now.
Mbakera said despite the hardships over the past year or two, the team is prepared and ready to face South Africa and hoping for a positive result.
He added that playing South Africa will enlighten the Young Gladiators and motivate them to greater heights.
South Africa has quality women's football and the experience the girls will gain will come in handy in terms of their overall improvement.
?But it?s not about that only, but also making sure we leave our mark on the fixture and cause an upset against the favourites,? explained Mbakera.
The return leg will be on 01 October at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
The winner of the fixture will face Burundi in the second round in November, with that winner advancing to the third and final round of qualification for the 2018 FIFA Women's Under-20 World Cup in France, where Africa will have only two representatives.
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- Title: The national junior women?s football team, Young Gladiators, will leave for South Africa Friday for their first round first leg clash of the 2018 International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Women?s Under-20 World Cup qualifiers.
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