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First international friendly for ‘Brave Gladiators’, an eye opener – coach

First international friendly for ‘Brave Gladiators’, an eye opener – coach

The interim Head coach of the Women’s football team ‘Brave Gladiators’, Brian Isaacs recently said that the women’s team performance against Swaziland in Windhoek, was an eye opener.

The Brave Gladiators played and won their first international match of 2017 as they emerged 3-2 winners over Swazi.

According to Isaacs the Gladiators used the game to prepare for the upcoming Women’s COSAFA games scheduled to take place from 13 to 25 September in Zimbabwe.

Isaacs said witl the friendly match he needed to see how all the players performed and what he can work on and rectify before they leave for the COSAFA tourney.

In his analysis he said both teams lacked confidence but that did not stop Twelikondjela Amukoto from securing the first goal for the Gladiators with a taken header. The woman of the match Anna Marie Shikusho scored two more goals before halftime.

In the up coming COSAFA games Namibia has been pitted against, against South Africa, Botswana and Lesotho, while hosts Zimbabwe have been drawn alongside old rivals Zambia in the first round.

Madagascar and Malawi will join Zimbabwe and Zambia in Group A in what is sure to be a tightly-contested pool.

With 12 teams competing this year, it is the biggest ever field assembled for the COSAFA Women’s Championship and shows the tremendous growth in women’s football in the last decade.

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