Women Super League action returns

Jacqui Shipanga, coach of national women’s football team, the Brave Gladiators and manager of the Women Super League.

The much anticipated second edition of the Namibia Women Super League was launched early this week at Football House. This year’s league expanded to 12 teams as Namibia Football Association looks ahead of international competitions coming up in due course.

Following the successful hosting of the Women Super League in the 2011/12 season that saw JS Academy crowned champions ahead of Okahandja Beauties and Poly Babes, Thomalina Adams, Lorraine Jossob, Mammie Kasaona and Zenatha Coleman, all went on to have successful stints in Germany and boosted the Brave Gladiators squad.
Namibia Football Association has committed to the Super League yet again as well as the Cosafa Women Champions, the under-17 world cup qualifiers as well as the qualification for the 2016 African Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Jackey Gertze, Chairperson of the Women Super League explained that the league is about competition and expanding the pool for national team selectors.
“Back in 2011 we had a competitive league of six teams and this time around, the competition is still there but we have included new clubs which will mean more games and more game time for the players. Most teams have very young players and we are considering the world cup qualifiers in November 2015 as well as the Cosafa women champions in December and the Africa women cup of nations next year in Cameroon. We are excited about this project indeed and it was strategically planned for September,”said Gertze.
Women Super League Manager and Brave Gladiators coach, Jacqui Shipanga added that the league is worth playing.
“We are giving the ladies a chance to once again play the game they love and we need to ensure that we support them. The NFA has committed to pay for whatever needs to be paid for and once again we are grateful to Fifa for their support through Adidas.
“The teams are ready, we have some familiar faces and we will also have new exciting talents. The NFA Technical Centre is the place to be,” Shipanga stated.
The new teams into the fray are Omaheke Ladies, Rehoboth Queens, Galz & Goals, City Girls United and Java Java ladies.