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Young Gladiators Out From 2020 Fifa World Cup Qualifiers

The Young Gladiators lost 2-0 to Botswana on Friday. Image: NFA
Namibian national women team, Young Gladiators lost 2-0 in their second leg match played at the Gaborone National stadium in Botswana on Friday evening, a result that marks the end of the road for their 2020 Fifa Women's World Cup Qualifiers.

Botswana's Obonetse Oratile Rathari opened the scoreline on 13 minutes and Keitumese Dithebe doubled it seven minutes later from a free kick. Namibia showed great team work with great defence from their captain Sharon Pieters and Soini Sheenya as well as their goal keeper Julia Rutjindo who refused to let more balls go into the net.

They were, however, denied a goal opportunity in the second half after the ball hit an opponent and was ruled offside. Young Gladiators head coach Uerikondjera Kasaona says she is pleased with the work that the players put in over the past week and the great display of football they showed their opponents, saying preparations bring better results.

“Botswana did not outplay us the way they did back home, our fitness matched theirs. We could not convert our chances into goals which was very unfortunate. The results speak for themselves, and if we had more time to prepare for the first leg, the results would have been different,” she said.

The Young Gladiators starting eleven were as follows: Albertina Aludhilu, Chanteline Engelbrecht, Julia Rutjindo, Mercia Skywer, Sharon Pieters, Nicole Philander, Rouxchell Nasas, Shanice Daries, Soini Sheenya, Tjamunene Ndjavera and Vijakura Tjingaete.

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