Brave Gladiators ready for Banyana Banyana: coach

WINDHOEK; Namibia’s senior national women’s football team players are ready for their friendly match against South Africa here on Saturday.

“We will not fear South Africa. We are ready for them, and we would like to show them that we are playing at home and ready for the championship,” Namibia’s ‘Brave Gladiators’ head coach Jacqueline Shipanga said on Wednesday.

The South African team arrived in Namibia on Wednesday.

This match will be used by both nations as part of their preparations for the ninth edition of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Championship, slated for Namibia from 11 to 25 October this year.

Shipanga noted that there are still many technicalities which need to be sorted out, but local fans should not be worried because her players will do their best when they get onto the field at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura at 15h00.

Meanwhile, the South African ‘Banyana Banyana’ team were earlier scheduled to go on a West African tour, but altered their programme.

In a statement availed to Nampa by the South African national women’s team’s camp, head coach Vera Pauw was quoted as saying that their plan was to play stronger opponents in West Africa.

“It’s unfortunate that we won’t be going because we could not get confirmation from the teams, and we couldn’t wait longer as we have to prepare our team,” she noted, while thanking her country’s football association and sponsors for securing the match against Namibia.

Pauw said the match awill help them build on the good job their players had been doing so far, adding that it will also give them time to work on some aspects which need attention because they want to play as many games as they can before the tournament here.

The 2014 African Women’s Championship will also be used as qualifiers for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.