Windhoek - Namibia’s national women’s soccer team has ringed some changes with retired former Brave Gladiators’ captain Uerikondjera Kasaona appointed as coach ahead of the Cosafa women’s championships that will take place in South Africa later this month.
The Brave Gladiators, as the team is known, is placed in Group B alongside Zambia, Botswana and Mauritius for the tournament taking place in Port Elizabeth from July 31.
Former Brave Warriors player Robert Nauseb was appointed as assistant coach, while former interim Brave Gladiators and Brave Warriors coach, Brian Isaacs, was appointed to the role of technical advisor.
“I am well prepared because getting this opportunity to coach a tournament of such magnitude has always been a dream. As a former player, I know what is expected of me and I am confident I will be able to not only coach but also advice accordingly,” Kasaona told the Namibia Football Association (NFA) media officer.
The Brave Gladiators will be boosted by the availability of Valencia (Spain) star player, Zenatha Coleman, who will captain the team at the tournament.
“There will be not much challenge coaching my former colleagues as they have been under my leadership before as coach, some at Under 20 and Under 23 levels, while the others I coached recently during the Hage Geingob Cup,” said Kasaona.
Kasaona thanked Skorpion Zinc for their major contribution towards female football and making sure the girl child was awarded a fair chance to showcase their talent and pursue their passion through the NFA Skorpion Zinc Women Super League.
Called up are Lydia Eixas, Melissa Matheus, Agnes Kauzuu, Rejoice Tjituere, Ndapewa Katuta, Selma Enkali, Lorraine Jossop, Lydiana Nanamus, Veronica Van Wyk, Emma Naris, Lovisa Mulunga, Veweziwa Kotjipati, Kamunikire Tjituka, Ivone Kooper, Twelikondjele Amukoto, Tomalina Adams, Milicent Hikuam, Zenatha Colemann, Juliana Blou, Elmarie Fredericks, Anoushcka Kordom, Asteria Angula, Eva Uulumbu, Meltret Ujamba, Lydia Ligamena Naluno, Anna-Marie Shikusho, Beverly Uueziua, Memory Ngonda, Fiola Vliete and Kylie Van Wyk.
Meanwhile, former Baby Gladiators coach, Mervin Mbakera, has also been named as the coach for the Under-20 national team. The Cosafa Under-20 games will take place in South Africa from 31 July to 11 August.