Arrows point to Nampol – Sports

Arrows Ladies look to upset one of the PSTBet NFA Cup favorites when they take on Khomas Nampol in the quarter-finals of the women’s section this weekend.

They will meet in Saturday’s second match at the Oshakati Independence Stadium, with Okahandja taking on Nust Babes in the first match.

Beauties and Unam Bokkies open the tournament at the same venue on Sunday before Ongos Ladies and Ramblers complete the quarter-final battles.

2017 Women’s Super Cup champions Nampol ruthlessly disposed of Girls and Goals 4-0 to reach the quarter-finals, while Arrows are one of four clubs getting their first taste of the competition after a bye in the previous round.

Nampol star Helena Shuumbwa scored a hat trick and Martha Haufiku scored the other goal.

Arrows has no illusions about the challenge that awaits him but intends to give it his best shot.

Not having had the opportunity to participate in the competition is not a hindrance for his team, says Arrows head coach Salomon ‘Eto’ Nakale.

“It is our first time in this PSTBeT NFA Cup. We are also one of the newest teams in the Namibian Women’s Super League, as we are only in our second consecutive season,” Nakale says of her relative newcomers.

“Our ambition is probably the same as all the other teams, which is to try to play well and go into the competition with a positive mentality and a sense of teamwork, and play to the best of our ability.”

Nakale hopes her charges, who are comfortably placed in the middle of the Women’s Super League table, will give Nampol competition.

“It’s a must-see game, and for us it doesn’t matter who we play against, we apply our game culture and usually stick to our preparation for any game we play,” he says.

Namibia Football Association brand director Isack Hamata believes honors are up for grabs, given the unpredictable nature of cup clashes.

“Unlike the league, this cup race does not have a clear favourite. Beauties, Khomas Nampol and FC Ongos are the league favourites, but this tournament may offer a completely different winner,” he states.

Ongos beat Namib Daughters 5-2, thanks to a hat-trick from Ivonne Kooper, plus goals from Emma Naris and Gangan Engelbrecht.

Magdalena Kaembera and Petronella Somses scored for Namib Daughters.

Unam Bokkies booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Ongwediva Queens, and Beauties needed a penalty shoot-out to beat V-Power Angels 5-3, after a goalless 90 minutes.

“I saw Ongos Ladies against Namib Daughters on the coast. They won, but it was not convincing. The beauties were also held in Oshakati and survived thanks to the sanctions.

“I found Nampol more convincing and polished. They have some players with enormous experience in national teams,” says Hamata.

Football lovers and revelers will get their money’s worth and should fill the stands at Oshakati, Nakale says.

“Women’s football is evolving and definitely growing in Namibia. Therefore, Namibians need to come out in droves to witness great football development and good deeds. We are really looking forward to the game,” says the coach.

“The competition is great so far and we would really like to thank the sponsors and the NFA for everything they have done to make this possible for all football players and, above all, for making sure it included both men. and women.”

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