As preparation for the upcoming 2017 Cosafa Women Championship to be held in Zimbabwe the Brave Gladiators will host Swaziland in a friendly match on Saturday at the NFA Technical Centre in Katutura.
Brave Gladiators interim head coach Brian Isaacs will use the weekend match as an opportunity to assess the players and acquaint himself with various aspects around the team’s overall fitness and readiness for the upcoming Cosafa Cup.
The Swaziland friendly match will be the first international match this year for the Gladiators when they face the Swazis on Saturday at the NFA Technical Centre at 15h00. Entrance fee is N$3.00. Isaacs says he will use the game to assess the situation and work out a way forward ahead of the Cosafa championship. “I have to see what I have and how regional football is and then plan what we need to do in terms of going into Cosafa. Expectations for Cosafa will be premature to state now. I have to use my knowledge and experience. The girls have been inactive for a long time and I need to see what I can work with and what changes need to be made before we go to Cosafa,” said Isaacs.
The Gladiators are in Group C with three-time winners South Africa, Lesotho and Botswana and will play their first game on September 13 against Botswana at the Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.
Brave Gladiators: Agnes Kauzuu, Melisa Matheus, Mamie Kasaona, Ndapewa Katuta, Stacey Naris, Ester Amukwaya, Anna-Marie Shikusho, Juliana Skrywer, Juliana Blou, Lovisa Mulunga, Vistoria Shangula, Memory Ngonda, Twanyanyukwa Astino, Martina Tjauha, Twelikondjela Amukoto, Lorraine Jossop, Elmarie Fredericks, Naemy Haindongo, Elina Uulumbu, Sarafina Nakashole and Lydia Naluno.