Namibian girl footballers demolished by Mexico

WINDHOEK: The Namibian Under-15 girls’ football team lost 0-9 to Mexico in their opening match of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) underway in Nanjing, China.

The YOG is an international multi-sports’ event organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The Games are held every four years in staggered summer and winter events, consistent with the current Olympic Games’ format.

It is the second time that the IOC hosts these Games after 2010 in Singapore.

In November 2012, a decision was taken by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the Namibia Football Association (NFA)’s girls’ U-15 team to be the sole representatives of the continent at the Games, taking place from 16 to 28 August.

Mexico scored four goals in the first half, and five in the second half.

In a telephonic interview with Nampa on Monday, Namibian coach Marvin Mbakera said the team lost the game due to individual mistakes.

“We started the game very well, but after we conceded the first goal through a free-kick, the girls started to lose concentration.

All the goals came through individual mistakes, which we will work on before our next game. I believe in the girls, because even though we lost 0-9, they still showed fighting spirit and believed in themselves,” he stated.

Mbakera said the team is learning a lot, as this is the first time that these girls are playing an international football game in their careers.

Namibia’s next game will be against hosts China on Wednesday at 02h45 local time.

The girls are part of 30 Namibian athletes competing in the Games.

The athletes are between 15 and 18-years-old, and will partake in girls’ football, swimming, tennis, athletics, beach volleyball, gymnastics, archery and cycling.