Gladiators dominate Westphalia
The national women under 20 side had the upper hand over Germany’s Westphalia women Regional Youth team winning two matches of their three meetings last week.
In the first encounter, played on March 24 at the NFA Technical Centre, the Namibians narrowly won the tie 1-0, thanks to a second half goal by star winger Thomalina Adams. The match was the first of the year for the Gladiators, and the first since playing in the Zone VI games held in Zambia in December 2012.
The two teams played in their second match at the NFA Technical Centre again on March 27. And although this match ended in a 3-all stalemate, the fans were presented with a great festivity of football, thanks to reigning woman player of the year Lovisa Mulunga who made it 1-0 within the first minute before striker Vistorine Shangula made it 2-0 two minutes later.
The Westphalians in their attempt to avoid a second straight defeat then moved their game a gear up as they came from two goals down to lead 3-2 for the first time in the match.
Thomalina Adams then made it 3-3 about 25 minutes to go with a thunderous shot after a perfect pass from substitute Anna Shikusho, giving the keeper no chance.
On Sunday, match day three, the two sister teams played their third game, as one of the two exhibition matches of The Namibian Newspaper Cup played at the Paresis Park in Otjiwarongo. The Namibians scored two goals without a reply to win the match. Lady of the match, midfielder Zenatha Coleman and hardworking Sylvia Iina scored the goals of that match as the Young Gladiators ended the three-match series in style while the Westphalia finished their tour in misery.