By Rachael Ugiagbe
Coach of the Namibia U-17 Women National team Mervin Mbareka, is positive ahead of this weekend’s showdown between Namibia and Nigeria in the first leg second round of the African qualifiers for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan.
The Baby Gladiators defeated Bostwana 2-1 in the first leg in Gaborone at the start of December 2015 to become the first junior team to win an away match, before playing a 1-1 draw in the return leg at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.
“The girls are well prepared. We’ve had only certain things to work on like the physical fitness of the players and to make a few changes,” said Mbakera.
He added that they will put up a good show in Nigeria ahead of the second leg in Windhoek on January 22.
“We don’t want to go there and just participate. We are going to fight for our country and qualify to the next stage.”
“We are just focusing on Nigeria and not even looking at the next round,” he said.
The winner between Namibia and Nigeria will face South Africa in the third round of qualifiers following the withdrawal of Zambia.