Namibia Scoops Gold in Detroit

Land of the Brave’s Special Gladiators distinguished themselves at the Special Olympics Unified Cup division 3 when they defeated the United Arab Emirates 3-0 to walk away with gold accolades.

Motjaritje Tjaveondja and Angeline Sihova teamed up to walk Namibia to victory; Tjaveondja with a brace and Sihova closed off the scoreline in the second half for a sweet debut experience.

Powered by Toyota, the Unified cup featured 24 nations and about 300 footballers.

According to Special Olympics, the Unified Cup “Shatters preconceived attitudes about the potential of athletes with intellectual disabilities, on and off the field of play.” and aimed to “Show the world the power sport has to build and shape diverse communities, unite and empower people of all abilities, from all backgrounds.”

Special Gladiators were Coached by Eliaser Amuthitu, with Lolo Goraseb as the Assistant Coach, and Captained by Vitjituaije Master.

The winning squad : Vitjituaije Master , Fololian Hikuafelua, Kavemumuine Kambai, Unao Karipata, Motjaritje Tjaveondja, Angeline Sihova, Uundamuje Mbaisa, Uasora Mengo, , Anna-Ida Somses, Okeri Haakurua, Kristofina Benyameni.

-Article contributed by Nancy N. Halweendo

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