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Naris rescues Namibia against Angola

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Emma Naris headed home a late winner for Namibia in a hard-fought win against Angola in the second International Friendly at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday afternoon.The second match of the international friendlies again has a lot to offer with Nam…

Emma Naris headed home a late winner for Namibia in a hard-fought win against Angola in the second International Friendly at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The second match of the international friendlies again has a lot to offer with Namibia looking to make it two wins from two and Angola aiming to redeem themselves from the 4-0 routing from the first match played on Wednesday.

Angola, set on finishing their tour of Namibia on a high, matched the Brave Gladiators throughout the first half as they managed. Zenatha Coleman, Thomalina Adams and substitute Millicent Hikuam, tried their best to get through, but the Angolans were steadfast in their defense this time around.

Hikuam came on for Meltret Ujamba on after the latter was forced off with an injury on ten minutes.

It was goalless at the break.

The physical play from Angola continued in the second half with Coleman going down time and again as the visitors looked to contain her.

But on 72 minutes, Coleman finally got through as she found herself one on one with Domingos Kinanga, picked her spot only for the latter to palm it away for a corner kick.

Emma Naris finally broke the deadlock 76 minutes with a fine placed header meeting a floated corner kick taken by captain Coleman. And it proved to be the difference on the day.

The Sevilla player Coleman, again won the lady of the match award courtesy of Telecom Namibia and walked away with smartphone and plate of honor which were presented to her by chairperson of the Namibia Women Football Association Monica shapwa.

Namibia won the two -legged international challenge 5-0 and received gold medals and a trophy while Angola got silver medals.

” Today’s match was tough. They pushed us and we knew they will be physical. We only made one change for this match because we have about two months before we play Botswana in AFCON qualifiers and so we needed to keep our strong team and see how we can improve” ,says coach Robert Nauseb after the match.

Brave Gladiators vs Angola: Melissa Matheus, Lovisa Mulunga, Emma Naris, Iina Katuta, Ivone Kooper, Thomalina Adams, Annouschka Kordom, Memory Ngonda, Meltret Ujamba, Juliana Blou and captain Zenatha Coleman.

Source: Namibia Football Association (NFA)