Brave Gladiators captain Zenatha Coleman is of the opinion that the Namibia Football Association (NFA) is failing women’s football.
The country’s football governing body recently announced that the senior women’s side and the Baby Gladiators will not part take in the 2020 COSAFA Women’s Championships.
The COSAFA women’s edition and U-17 Championship will be staged simultaneously in South Africa at Nelson Mandela Bay from 5 to 13 November.
Coleman demands equality, more opportunities for women and the same support given to their male counterparts.
Last week, acting NFA secretary-general Franco Cosmos stated that it doesn’t make financial sense for Namibia to participate in the COSAFA Women’s Championships and Coleman had a full go at the association for its decision on Tuesday.
“We are very disappointed to know that the Brave Gladiators will not be participating in the Women’s Cosafa,” said Coleman.
“Girls live off soccer. Most do not even work or have school. Finding a job is hard while playing in the national team is the only way to get a little income, and yet you denied them that.
“A potential professional contract could have been on the table for some of these players, but you denied them this too,” she added.
According to NFA, COSAFA asked that each participating nation pay US$50 000 in membership fees.
However, the NFA have allowed the Brave Warriors to honour their international commitments as they recently played an international friendly against Bafana Bafana but the same benefits are not afforded to the women’s teams.
“We are ranked 143rd in the world. It’s very painful because we only play qualifiers for AFCON and World Cup and can’t make it through to the next round because of poor preparations,” said Coleman.
“We need to see a change. Give the Gladiators the necessary support and equal treatment,” concluded the Sevilla forward.
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By FARPost Reporter