CALL TO RESPECT MIGHTY WARRIORS
HERENTALS Queens coach John Gutamisi says he is disturbed by the way the Mighty Warriors are being treated.
Revelations that the girls were given just $5 after the Namibia game has triggered a protest from the team and outcry from many.
“As a player you always need some motivation especially when you are playing in the national team.
“Some of the girls who have heard about such discouraging news for the Mighty Warriors have been disturbed and this will even affect their determination to fight for a national team call,” he said.
“We have one of our players there, Susan Nyama, so we understand how it feels to have our girls complain. This kind of an example is discouraging.”
Gutamisi said it makes it difficult to motivate the players in future.
“These girls played two legs which they both won and deserve some credit but are only given $5 to go home.
“This is not good for women football and has affected its development because we are not growing.
“Our players are demotivated and we as coaches as well because we groom these players for national duty,” Gutamisi said.
The league is expected to start this week.
“We are more than geared up for the season which we are expecting to start this weekend.
“So far we have not be given the fixtures to see who we are going to play our first game against so the league may not start this weekend.
“We are still registering our players but we are targeting a top five finish this season,” Gutamisi said.
Herentals are still new playing at the top level.
“This is our second year in the Super League and we are hoping for different and better season for our players.
“We have acquired four new players to beef up our squad and more than ready to play real football.
“This time around we are expecting an organised league so that we end the season knowing where we stand as a team,” he said.