New Era (Windhoek)

20 September 2012

Namibia: Shipanga Off to U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan

The Fifa U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan is set to start this coming weekend, with about 304 players from 16 countries expected to partake in the competition.

NFA iron lady Jacqueline Shipanga departed for Azerbaijan to go and take up her role in the Technical Study Group (TSG) for the 2012 Fifa Under-17 Women's World Cup.

The tourney kicks off with a clash between Colombia and Azerbaijan in Baku, while the hosts will again be in action three days later against Nigeria in Lankaran.

Tournament newcomers Gambia, who have been drawn in Group B, will be hoping their youthful squad will make an impact.

More than a quarter of their squad were born in 1998, among them the competition's youngest player Sainey Sissohore, who is well ahead of the eligibility cut-off date of January 01,1995.

Shipanga will be making her second appearance in this Group at an U-17 Women's World Cup after her first participation in the 2010 Trinidad and Tobago tourney.

The TSG's priority is to observe teams in matches and training sessions. Initial impressions are fleshed out in a series of in-depth conversations, with the objective of prompting discussion and an exchange of views.

In the 2010 Trinidad and Tobago tourney, South Korea were the winners, while Japan finished as runners-up.

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