Mulunga plays college football in USA
By Michael Uugwanga
IT seems the only way Namibian female footballers can gain recognition is when they obtain scholarships to study abroad, with Brave Gladiators Lovisa Mulunga the latest player to move to the United States of America (USA) to play university football for Golden Rams at Albany University, in Georgia.
Mulunga becames the second Namibian female footballer after Annouscka Kordom joined Corbon University to play college football in America.
Another Namibian player Millicent Hikuam (21) is expected to join Kordom at Corbon to play football and for further studies after she won a scholarship.
She was due to leave in April,but that did not go as planned after failing to meet the required 70 percent for her written test. She plans to leave early next year.
The trend of Namibian female footballers moving abroad may be good news for the Brave Gladiators going forward, with Namibia looking to qualifying for major tournaments, such as African Women’s Championship, Olympic Games and World Cup.
Mulunga, a no-nonsense defender,played club football locally for Tura Magic Ladies in the Women Super League and won the league title last season with Tura Magic Ladies before she joined Albany University in September.
In an interview with Confidente Sport, Mulunga said she has settled in well and hopes to take her football to another level.
Beside Kordom, Namibia has two other foreign-based players, Veweiziwa Kotjipati, who plays club football in Germany for Mönchengladbach, and Zenatha Coleman in Spain for Valencia.
“I have played 10 games for the team and our last match was on Saturday (9 November). We are currently done with our season. Life here is a little different than what I am used to [in Windhoek]. I stay in a relatively quiet apartment with few of my teammates and I have adapted in very fast.
“I’m here to study and to play football as part of the scholarship. I’m doing my Masters in Business Administration. It is a two-year programme. Natasha Cloete (team manager of Tura Magic Ladies) and Helvi Eliakim (former Brave Gladiators captain) helped me get the scholarship, which was too good for me to turn it down,” said the 24-year-old Mulunga.
Like any footballer, she dreams of playing professional football one day and of being able to showcase her talent on the global stage.
“My dream is to play professional football, because as a kid I always wanted to play football at the highest level in either Europe or in North America, so I am slowly getting where I wanted to be. The club that I want to play for Chelsea Ladies in the UK. I also want to represent my country at major tournaments such as the African Women Championship, Olympic Games and at the World Cup,” Said Mulunga.