Women’s football heads to Gobabis at the Legare Stadium on Saturday where some of the country’s top female players will be in action in the Namibian Football Association (NFA)’s Women Super Cup final scheduled to kick off at 13H00 as curtain raisers for the Debmarine cup final.
The Khomas NamPol side led by Brave Gladiators captain Uerikondjera Kasaona will take on Tura Magic inspired by Gladiators striker Zenatha Coleman.
NamPol reached the final after beating V-Power Angels 3-0 in the semi-finals, while Tura Magic defeated the Galz & Goals team 3-1 on Sunday, at the NFA training center in Windhoek.
Former Brave Gladiators midfielder Shirley Cloete scored two goals for NamPol, the first a 35 metre free kick before adding another goal from 32 metres out.
Laurika Afrikander scored the other goal.
Magic’s goals were scored by the Brave Gladiators duo of Anna Shikusho and Lovisa Mulunga, while Sharon Pieters scored an own goal.
Defender Julia Rutjindo scored for Galz &Goals.
The NFA Women Super Cup, which was launched on 21 November in Windhoek, is an initiative of former women national team coach Jacky Shipanga.
The competition was contested by eight teams that were seeded in two groups with the top two teams in each group proceeding to the semi-finals of the competition.
Kasaona plays in the heart of NamPol’s defence, a position she also plays for the Brave Gladiators, and will have to be on top of her game if she is to keep Coleman, who plays club football in Lithuania for FK Gintra-Universitetas, quiet for the whole 90 minutes.
However, it is not only Coleman that can pose danger to NamPol’s defence, but other Gladiators attackers such as Mulunga, Thomalina Adams and midfield kingpin Memory Ngonda.
Speaking to the Windhoek Observer ahead of the final, Kasaona said her team has a big chance of lifting the cup against a favoured Tura Magic Ladies team that won the NFA’s Women’s Super League (WSL) in 2016.
“They (Magic) beat us 1-0 in the league last year and we want revenge. The ball is round and anything can happen. We are ready for the cup final and we will continue to do what we do best and that is to win matches.
“I do not fear anybody even though Magic are favourites for the cup, but we too have what it takes to win because one can never underestimate an opponent. I know how to play against my national teammates as we have been together for a very long time. I know what to do on the field of play,” Kasaona said.
The NamPol team also comprises of former Gladiators goalkeeper Sussana Eises, who was the second choice goalkeeper for Namibia at the 2014 tn Mobile African Women’s Championship that was held in Windhoek, and former striker Rita Williams, who retired from international football earlier this year.
Veteran Cloete was voted Woman of the Match against V-Power Angels.
The cup is sponsored by Shipanga, Thru Pass Football Magazine, Lowan Wambuseun Nangombe (artist and comedian), NFA, NFA president Frans Mbidi, NFA secretary general Barry Rukoro, Immanuel Amutenya and tn Mobile to the tune of N$ 63,000.
Former triple world boxing champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo pledged a further N$2,000 on top of the N$1000 Women of the Match award in every game.
Indongo, who is an inspector in the Namibian Police, said that he will be in attendance at the final match in Gobabis.
The winning team walks away with N$20,000, gold medals and a floating trophy, runners up N$5,000, and the third placed team will get N$3,000.