The senior women’s national football team, affectionately known as the Brave Gladiators, defeated Angola 1-0 on Saturday to complete a whitewash in their second international friendly at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
The Angolan national team travelled to Namibia as part of their preparations for the upcoming African Nations Cup (AFCON) qualifiers.
In their opening game on Wednesday, the visiting team lost 4-0 but had a much-improved performance in their second match, forcing the home team to dig deeper for their victory.
The Namibia team found the going tough as they struggled to control the high-paced Arminda Lopes on the left wing.
The Brave Gladiators tried their best in the first half to find a goal through their Spanish-based star player, Zenatha Coleman, however the Angolan team’s defence remained resolute.
The first half score line was 0-0.
In the second half, the Angolan team continued with the physical body-marking of their opponents, a strategy that had Coleman under their control as she was fouled time after time when in possession of the ball.
Despite being kept in check throughout the match, brilliant play between Millicent Hikuam and Coleman just outside the box in the 72nd minute paved a scoring opportunity for the former, who found herself one on one with Angolan goalkeeper Domingos Kinanga, but the keeper was equal to the task, picking her spot well and palming the ball away for a corner kick.
The Namibian team finally got on the score sheet in the 76th minute with a well-placed header from Emma Naris after an inch-perfect cross from Coleman.
Coleman was once again selected player of the match and walked away with a smartphone courtesy of Telecom Namibia and a plate of honour.
In an interview after the game, Gladiators head coach Robert Nauseb said the match was tough.
“They pushed us and we knew they would be physical. We only made one change for this match because we have about two months before we play Botswana in our AFCON qualifiers so we needed to keep our strong team to see how we can improve,” Nauseb noted.
Source: Namibia Press Agency