By Staff Reporter
Following the Brave Gladiators’ two consecutive defeats against the Ghanaian Black Queens, attention now turns to Sunday’s international friendly match against Ethiopia at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
The Brave Gladiators lost 3-1 on Independence Day and against lost 3-0 on Tuesday to the Black Queens as they continue their preparation for the hosting of the ninth edition of the CAF Africa Women’s Championship scheduled for 11-25 October in Windhoek.
The Gladiators will now have another chance to test themselves against the Ethiopian women’s team when they meet on Sunday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 16h00.
According to Jackey Gertze, the NFA technical director Klaus Staerk, who was in charge during the second defeat to Ghana will again be in charge of the team, in the absence of head coach Jacqueline Shipanga who is attending the FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup in Costa Rica.
“The team had a good first half against Ghana on Independence day in which they scored a lovely goal through Lovisa Mulunga, but in the second half, things were not so good. The team is expected to treat all games that we are playing with the utmost competitiveness. We need to raise the bar and we must believe that we can do it and play well,” Gertze said.
Barry Rukoro, secretary general of the NFA echoed Gertze’s comments that the preparation games are very important.
“We are spending a lot of money on bringing the best in Africa down here to test our ladies and see how we can improve going forward. We are confident that the team will come good at the right time and they will represent Namibia well during the championship. With the support of the nation, we can dream and dream big indeed,” Rukoro said.