The Young Gladiators welcomes back three key players for their clash against South Africa on Sunday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, 16h00, in the 2018 FIFA Women Under-20 World Cup qualifier first round second leg with a 5-0 defeat from the first match a fortnight ago.
The national under-20 women side, the Young Gladiators will play South Africa iwith a mountain to climb if they are to advance to the second round of the qualification for France 2018 FIA Women Under 20 World Cup and they are boosted by the return to team of three Gladiators who formed part of the Brave Gladiators team that competed at the Cosafa Women Championship in Zimbabwe recently.
All-rounder-Memory Ngonda, midfielder Millicent Hikuam and goalkeeper Mellissa Matheus return to the fold and coach Mervin Mbakera is happy to have them back as they plan to dedicate the match to various groups.
“ These players are very important for us and their return to the team can only increase our chances to play even better. We also dedicate this game to the people that has been there for us from the Football Association to the schools and we will be competitive at all times and give a good account of ourselves on Sunday,” Mbakera states.
The coach adds that they have worked hard on the issues from the first game that led to the 5-0 demolition.
“ We have worked hard these two weeks to rectify our mistakes and also not to forget that we had some positives as well. We restricted them for almost 33 minutes to shot at our goal and inside 20 minutes we had two good free-kicks and three corner kicks and we now have to built on that to move forward,” says Mbakera.
The winner of the fixture will face Burundi in the second round in November with that winner to advance to the third and final round of qualification for France 2018, FIFA Women Under- 20 World Cup. Africa will have only two representatives.