Guest Contributor | Jun 7, 2018 | 0
U-17 girls focus on World Cup preliminary tie
The National women under-17 side will play in the Preliminary Round first leg match away in Botswana this weekend. The team will be looking for a positive start to the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women World Cup to be held in Jordan from 30 September to 21 October 2016.
Namibia will face Botswana in their clash in Gaborone on Sundayr with the return leg a week later in Windhoek. Despite school commitments from most of the girls in the team, coach Mervin Mbakera and his team have been going about their business of preparation well with 27 players part of the training camp at The NFA Technical Centre.
“It will be a tough game for us, first time for these girls to play away in such a match but we have the obligation to make sure we do well in Botswana, a win will be a great, but we need at least a draw away from home. The girls are focused and enjoying themselves, but we have a long way to go and working very hard on that. Education comes first and so they have time to study and write their exams as well,” said Mbakera.
The winner between the two will advance to the first round, where Nigeria awaits in early January 2016. The winner of that fixture will progress to the final round and either play Zambia or South Africa for a place at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women World Cup.
Only three countries will represent Africa at the championships.
As part of their preparation the under-17 team will play a friendly match against the Brave Gladiators Shadow Team on Saturday at the NFA Technical Centre.
The 21 girls squad includes: Goalkeepers: Batista Kasume and Vitjitua Tijvau (Galz & Goals), defenders: Veronica Van Wyk (Omaheke Queens), Anna Shaende, Vanessa !Noreses, Sharon Pieter and Helena Shuumbwa (Galz & Goals), Jasmine Baas (St. Paul College), Selma Enkali (Swakopmund FC), Midfielders: Ignacia Haoses (Tura Magic), Beverly Uueziua, Asteria Angula, Farida Eises, Ashley Solomons, Shanice Daries and Mbitjita Mungunda (Galz & Goals), Strikers: Julia Rutjindo (Galz & Goals), Moriza Gawanas and Yvonne Kooper (Tura Magic), Kylie Van Wyk (Swakopmund FC) and Lucinda Agas (Omaheke Queens).