Coleman stars as Brave Gladiators crush Mauritius

Zenatha Coleman scored four goals as Namibia crushed Mauritius by 8-0 in their final group B match played at Gelvandale Stadium in Port Elizabeth South Africa on Tuesday.

Namibia, who were already eliminated wasted a lot of chances and could have won the match with a higher scoreline.

They however opened the floodgates through Coleman whose looping free kick eluded everyone including the Mauritius goalkeeper Marie Ithier in the third minute to make it 1-0.

The Gladiators then missed several chances as Beverly Uueziua missed an open goal after being set up by Coleman, while LovisaMulunga had her header crashing against the crossbar.

Several other chances went begging, with Coleman, Thomalina Adams, Uueziua, Anna-Marie Shikusho and IvoneKooper being the chief culprits.

The second goal came in the 23rd minute when Uueziua headed in the rebound after Shikusho's shot had crashed against the crossbar to make it 2-0.

Shikusho then scored in the 30th minute to make it 3-0 before Lorraine Jossop smashed in Namibia's fourth on the stroke of halftime to make it 4-0 at the break.

Coleman scored her second just after the resumption when she outpaced the defence and beat the Ithier with a low shot making it 5-0, before getting a hatrick in the 73rd minute following a great run by Adams to make it 6-0 in favour of Namibia.

In between Namibia had continued to waste chances through their poor decision making and lack of patience.

Coleman then scored her fourth goal when she outpaced the defence once again and put Namibia 7-0 in the 74th minute before LovisaMulunga put the final nail in the Mauritian coffin with a clinical finish in the 87th minute to make it 8-0.

Namibia finished the group third behind Zambia who finished top and Botswana who finished second after the two teams played out a goalless (0-0) draw in the other group B match.

Mauritius finished bottom of the log after failing to win or score in the three matches they payed, conceding a massive 26 goals.

Speaking after match Namibia coach UerikondjeraKasaona said she was happy with the amount of goals scored by her team as they help raise the confidence of her layers.

She paid tribute to Mauritius young team saying they are a young team who are talented and will gain a lot of experience at the tournament.

For us it is the end of the tournament but not of the road. We are looking forward the Womens Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. We used this tournament as preparations for the qualifiers, Kasaona said.

Coleman was named player of the match.

Source: Namibia Press Agency