The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Zone VI Team Wins Women's Super Cup

NAMIBIA'S Under 20 Zone VI Games women's soccer team won the NFA DFB Women's Super Cup in great style when they beat Challengers 8-0 in the final on Sunday.

The Zone VI team, which included up and coming national players like Lena Noreses, Lovisa Mulunga, Zenatha Coleman, Thomalina Adams, Lorraine Jossop and Annouschka Kordom, was just too slick for Challengers as they ran out comfortable winners after leading 3-0 at halftime.

Thomalina Adams was the star striker, scoring four goals, while Anouschka Kordom scored two goals and Daphny Noabes and Melissa Matheus one goal each.

The tournament, which was sponsored to an amount of N$20 000 by the German Embassy and the German Football Association, DFB, saw eight teams participating, namely the Zone VI team, 21 Brigade United, Amateachers, Prisons, Okahandja Beauties, Police, Challengers and a TISAN team.

The tournament also served as preparation for the Namibian Under-20 Zone 6 team that will compete at the SADC Zone 6 Youth Championships in Lusaka, Zambia from December 7 to 17.

In Saturday's group stage matches, the Zone VI team and Challengers met for the first time, with the Zone VI team winning 3-1, while in other matches, Amateachers beat Prisons 2-0, Okahandja Beauties beat Police 2-0, and TISAN beat Challengers 8-1.

In the semifinals, 21 Brigade United beat TISAN 1-0, while the Zone VI team thrashed Challengers 12-0.

Jackey Gertze who coordinated the tournament said they were impressed with the way things turned out during the four days of competition.

"We had four days of exciting, competitive football with all the ladies really playing to their maximum. It was open for all ladies to play and in the end we were very impressed with the interest shown by the ladies. We also saw new players in action and that just goes to show how much the game can still grow in this country," she said.

Gertze congratulated the winners as they now look ahead to next month's Zone VI Games in Zambia.

"The team really played well – it was a great performance by them and their technical team. Now the serious business starts, as they continue with their preparations and when they do get to Lusaka, we expect them to do well. They are still young and they have great potential to do well for their country," she said.

The tournament was also used as an opportunity to continue with the NFA's annual Talent Identification Programme.

The NFA women's selectors selected at least 35 players to increase the pool of players for the national team. A training camp for the selected players is scheduled for November 18 to 28 and will be conducted by Jacqueline Shipanga and a German instructor.

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