Pieters out of Young Gladiators crunch match against Botswana due to injury

Namibia's Women Under- 20 football, also known as Young Gladiators, will be without the services of Namib Daughters defensive midfielder Sharon Pieters due to a knee injury.

The Young Gladiators will host Botswana on Sunday, 19 January 2020, 17h00 in the Federation of International Football Association World Cup Qualifiers at the Sam Nujoma Stadium with the second leg in Botswana set on at a date still to be determined around the end of January 2020.

A statement issued on Tuesday said, despite the setback, coach of Young Gladiators, Mamie Kasaona remains optimistic.

Sharon will be a big miss surely, but we have to move on and plan without her. We must keep in mind that we are playing against a strong team, a stronger nation than us. They consistently partake in Confederation of African Football Youth competitions and have won several trophies a couple of times, and they have a stronger football nation compared to us and that might shift the game plan, Kasaona was quoted as saying.

Kasaona said that last year was a good year for the team especially at the Council of Southern African Football Associations (OSAFA).

The players proved that they are ready to play in the big leagues and that is why we decided to retain most of the players we used for the 2019 COSAFA. The current squad is well balanced, there is a lot of strength and eagerness to learn and play and with that, we can move mountains, she said.

Entrance to the Sam Nujoma Stadium will be free and spectators are encouraged to come rally behind the girls.

The 2020 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup will be the 10th edition of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, the two-yearly international women's youth football championship contested by the under-20 national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It will be co-hosted by Costa Rica and Panama.

Source: Namibia Press Agency