Brave Gladiators in do or die
Gladiators’ assistant coach Ace Komeya at a media conference said, that the team was focused and looking forward to doing the nation proud once again.
“We started off well on Saturday and we then lost on Tuesday, but now we have to go all out and ensure we get a victory against Nigeria. We have to make sure we deliver for the nation and make all those people that come out in numbers to support us, smile and know that we always give our best,” said Komeya.
Komeya also revealed that despite having been at the end of some big defeats at the hands of the Super Falcons over the years, the team has gained necessary experience and is ready to fight a good fight.
“ We have evolved over the years and our past mistakes and games have taught us a lot and going into tomorrow’s game, we want to show indeed that we have learned something and we can face anyone and we just want to end our group action on a high,” Komeya said.
Gladiators’ combative midfielder Lena Noreses also promised a good finish for the team: “We had pressure all along from the first game and it keeps mounting and we understand the expectations we have created. But we have now spoken to each other and know how to handle the pressure to our advantage and come Friday we want to deliver on our final Group game and see what happens going forward. It won’t be easy but we will do our best as always,” said Noreses.
Namibia will play Nigeria and Ivory Coast will face Zambia at the Sam Nujoma and Independence Stadium respectively on Friday at 17h00. Nigeria leads Group A with six points with Ivory Coast on three and Namibia in fourth with three and Zambia pointless. The Gladiators have to win and hope Ivory Coast loses for them to progress to the semifinals.