WINDHOEK, 27 JUL – The Brave Gladiators technical team has named 31 players for a training camp in preparation for the 2018 Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) Women’s Championships in Port Elizabeth, South Africa between 26 August and 09 September 2018.
Speaking to Nampa after the release of the names, coach Brian Isaacs said they had mixed experience with upcoming players who have potential and they are currently focused on conditioning them.
“We included the Under-20 players to give them exposure and broaden our base and develop players for tomorrow as well. We are also looking at playing a few friendlies so as to give the girls game time,” he said.
Of the 31 players called up, 13 players are from the national U-20 team and the technical team is planning on playing a few games with the U-19 league teams.
Notably absent from the list is captain Uerikondjera Kasaona, who is said to be busy with her studies and who has also indicted that she may retire from football.
“She has not yet submitted her official position on that decision but as soon as she does so, we will let you know,” Isaacs added.
He said they will decide at a later stage who will assume the captaincy of the team.
The coach added that they expect the team to perform better than they did at last year’s tournament in Zimbabwe, where the Gladiators failed to progress beyond the first round after beating Botswana 4 – 0 before losing 3 – 1 to South Africa and 2 – 1 to Lesotho.
Below are the players called for the camp:
Agnes Kauzuu, Mellissa Matheus, Lydia Eixas, Viola Vliete (U-20), Lorraine Jossop, Iina Ndapewa Katuta, Kamunikire Tjituka, Lovisa Tuyakula Mulunga, Esther Amukwaya, Eddelsisingh Emma Naris, Lydiana Ottonika Nanamus (U-20), Stacey Naris, Anna Shaenda (U-20), Julia Rutjindo (U-20), Thomalina Adams, Veronica Van Wyk (U-20), Twelikondjela Amukoto, Millicent Felicity Natalie Hikuam, Memory Ngonda, Beverly Uueziua (U-20), Annoushka Kordom, Asteria Angula (U-20), Zenatha Coleman, Elmarie Fredricks, Shanice Daries (U-20), Alicia Gertze (U-20), Jullian Blou, Kylie Van Wyk (U-20), Anna Marie Ngonde Shikusho, Ignasia Haoses (U-20) and Sharon Pieters (U-20).