Baby Gladiators record comeback win over Mozambique

their opening match of the 2019 Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) tournament in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The Under 20 team, known as the Baby Gladiators, went behind in an uncharacteristic fashion when captain Julia Rutjindo and goalkeeper Meagan Schuster were caught napping, allowing Mozambique's Dulce Lopes to poke in a loose ball in the 24th minute, making it 1-0.

Namibia, who were the better team throughout the half creating several chances but failing to utilise them.

TjamuneneNdjavera twice failed to beat EdenildeMandlate, in goals for Mozambique, after latching on to through passes from her teammates in the first 20 minutes.

Veronica April also wasted a chance after being put through by ShaniceDaries in the 40th minute while Sharon Katamila shot weakly at the goal keeper to leave the match at 1-0 in favour of Mozambique at halftime.

Mervin Mbakera, the Namibia under 20 coach then brought in Indira Jacobs at halftime for the ineffective MuhinatjoHanavi, and the move paid dividents as substitute equalised in the 52nd minute following a scramble in the 12 yard box when the Mozambique defence failed to clear.

The Baby Gladiators continued to pour forward playing some neat football and could have taken the lead when Daries free kick sailed over the bar with the goalkeeper beaten.

However April was not to be denied a goal as she slammed the ball in following a poor clearance of a free kick by Daries in the 59t minute.

Namibia continued to attack but failed to add to their tally, and had to defend with resolutely in the last 15 minutes as Mozambique poured forward looking for an equaliser.

The match ended 2-1 in favour of Namibia and Sharon Katamila of Namibia was named player of the match.

Mbakera bemoaned the wasted chances in the first half saying the change of strategy in the second half helped them overcome their opponents.

We played good football, unfortunately we committed a mistake and conceded a goal. We spoke to the girls at halftime and they managed to play well, he said.

Namibia next plays South Africa on Saturday in the group A match were they will aim to collect maximum points and progress to the semi-finals.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Baby Gladiators record comeback win over Mozambique

their opening match of the 2019 Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) tournament in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The Under 20 team, known as the Baby Gladiators, went behind in an uncharacteristic fashion when captain Julia Rutjindo and goalkeeper Meagan Schuster were caught napping, allowing Mozambique's Dulce Lopes to poke in a loose ball in the 24th minute, making it 1-0.

Namibia, who were the better team throughout the half creating several chances but failing to utilise them.

TjamuneneNdjavera twice failed to beat EdenildeMandlate, in goals for Mozambique, after latching on to through passes from her teammates in the first 20 minutes.

Veronica April also wasted a chance after being put through by ShaniceDaries in the 40th minute while Sharon Katamila shot weakly at the goal keeper to leave the match at 1-0 in favour of Mozambique at halftime.

Mervin Mbakera, the Namibia under 20 coach then brought in Indira Jacobs at halftime for the ineffective MuhinatjoHanavi, and the move paid dividents as substitute equalised in the 52nd minute following a scramble in the 12 yard box when the Mozambique defence failed to clear.

The Baby Gladiators continued to pour forward playing some neat football and could have taken the lead when Daries free kick sailed over the bar with the goalkeeper beaten.

However April was not to be denied a goal as she slammed the ball in following a poor clearance of a free kick by Daries in the 59t minute.

Namibia continued to attack but failed to add to their tally, and had to defend with resolutely in the last 15 minutes as Mozambique poured forward looking for an equaliser.

The match ended 2-1 in favour of Namibia and Sharon Katamila of Namibia was named player of the match.

Mbakera bemoaned the wasted chances in the first half saying the change of strategy in the second half helped them overcome their opponents.

We played good football, unfortunately we committed a mistake and conceded a goal. We spoke to the girls at halftime and they managed to play well, he said.

Namibia next plays South Africa on Saturday in the group A match were they will aim to collect maximum points and progress to the semi-finals.

Source: Namibia Press Agency