Namibia's Mervin Mbakera out to down South Africa's Basetsana

Namibia's Mervin Mbakera out to down South Africa's Basetsana

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 12:00

Namibian U20 national team coach Mervin Mbakera says they are ready to face their South African counterparts in their U20 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Mbakera says despite the hardships over the past year or two, the team is prepared and ready to face Basetsana and is hoping for a positive result.

The Young Gladiators head to South Africa for their first round first leg on Saturday and Mbakera is optimistic the girls will hold their own and do the nation proud.

Namibia has been without the Women Super League for some time now and have not played competitive football in a long time.


“We have worked very hard and come match day we really want to have full dedication and fighting spirit to get a result that will compliment all our hard work during the last weeks” said Mbakera.

“South Africa have quality women football and the experience the girls will gain will come in handy in terms of their overall improvement.

“But it’s not about that only but also making sure we leave our mark on the fixture and cause an upset against this favourite.”

The Young Gladiators will travel to South Africa without there key players in Memory Ngonda, Melissa Matheus and Millicent Hikuam.

Meanwhile, the encounter will be staged on Saturday at the Dobsonville Stadium, Soweto and the return leg will be on Sunday, October 1 at the Sam Nujoma stadium.

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