Coleman, Kotjipati join Gladiators

Zenatha Coleman and Veweziua Kotjipati have joined the Brave Gladiators squad as they fasten their shoelaces to take on Cosafa champions, Tanzania’s Twiga Stars, this afternoon in Dar Es Salaam in the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers first leg match at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium at 15:00.

20 October 2021 | Sports

Limba Mupetami


The Brave Gladiators have a tough match against Tanzania’s Twiga Stars in the Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON).

To bolster their chances against Tanzania, they will be joined by experienced Spain-based Zenata Coleman and Veweziua Kotjipati, based in Germany.

The Namibians camped in South Africa ahead of their clash and recently also played in the Cosafa Women’s Championship, however, they did not make it out of the group stage.

Upon arrival in Tanzania, the team was received by Namibia high commissioner to Tanzania, Lebbius Tobias, and his team.

He encouraged the Gladiators to join other sports codes in keeping the motherland’s name on the map.

“We come from the Land of the Brave and that alone sets the bar high because we are expected to make bold moves that yield great results. Give Tanzania your best and be victorious,” he said.

Another round

After the first leg clash, the Gladiators will host Tanzania at the Dobsonville Stadium in Johannesburg on 23 October at 14:30.

The aggregate winner will advance to the second and final round of the qualifiers.

The AWCON will be the 12th edition and the tournament will be hosted by Morocco from 2 to 23 July 2022.

The tournament also doubles as the African qualifiers to the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup. The top four teams will qualify for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, and two more teams will advance to the inter-confederation play-offs.

Brave Gladiators squad:

Goalkeepers: Agnes Kauzuu, Mellissa Matheus and Susanna Eises.

Defenders: Iina Katuta, Asteria Angula, Selma Enkali, Veronica van Wyk, Emma Naris, Nicole Philander, Lydiana Nanamus, Lovisa Mulunga, Hilma Shapumba and Veweziua Kotjipati.

Midfielders: Annouscka Kordom, Twelikondjela Amukoto, Millicent Hikuam, Juliana Blou,Beverly Uueziua, Shanice Daries and Meltret Ujamba.

Forwards: Zenatha Coleman, Memory Ngonda, Kylie van Wyk and Hillary Gontes.

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