Botswana under 17 girls football team lost 2-1 against Namibia this afternoon in FIFA World cup under 17 preliminary games.
Second leg will be played on the 11th December at Windhoek.
Speaking after the game Botswana coach Olerile Mogapi said the team did not have enough time to train together.
He said only four players in the team played BISA games this year. “It was not easy to find wining combination as most of them do not play in competitive league. Coming from behind away is going to be difficult but we will discuss our next plan as technical team to see if we can turn things around,” said Mogapi.
Namibia under 17 mentor Mervin Mbakera said they have made history as none of their junior national teams has ever won a game away.
He said the girls have shown character as most of them were playing their first international game.”We did our home work in the first leg but it is not yet over. We shouldn’t be carried away until the last game is played because Botswana team is good. When Botswana equalised the girls nearly gave up but I encouraged them to up their game and we managed to score the winning goal. The girls were disciplined tactically and the most important thing we played as a team,” said Mbakera.
He said they will work on the mistakes they saw in today’s game so that they can go for the next round.
He said all the girls went through Girls and Goals development programme which really helped them to improve their skills.
The Coach said through this programme the team has been training together for the past 6 years.