Archive - Mar 24, 2011
The Namibian Brave Warriors will face Burkina Faso in a crucial Group F encounter that will either see them stay in the running or get dumped out of the race for the 2012 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers on Saturday in Ouagadougou.
Burkina Faso are currently at the top of the group with three points and are ahead of second placed Gambia on goal difference. Namibia are at the bottom with no points after they lost their first match 3-1 to Gambia last year.
The Warriors coach Brian Isaacs travelled with a 19-man squad that includes seven foreign based players.
Namibia’s decision to field backfired on them as Northerns built a big first innings total of 379/4 declared on the first day of their CSA Three-Day match in Pretoria on Thursday.
At stumps Northerns had struck a further blow, dismissing Glenn Foxtrot for 4 to leave Namibia struggling at 27/1.
Namibia got an early breakthrough when Christi Viljoen dismissed David Bunn for a duck with the total on 6, but from then on Northerns’ batsmen dominated.
The Namibian Welwitschias take on the South Western Districts Eagles in the Vodacom Cup competition in George, South Africa on Friday evening.
The Welwitschias have been struggling so far in the competition, and are still searching for a win after losing their opening four matches. They lost 47-12 to the Eastern Province Kings, 56-9 to Western Province, 25-5 to the Sharks XV and 29-13 against the Free State last weekend.
The Welwitschias gave an improved performance against the Free State, but especially the backline struggled in the wet and muddy conditions.
The Brave Gladiators will take on Botswana in a friendly match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday at 14h00.
The Namibians will use the match as preparation for their crucial London 2012 Olympic qualifier against Nigeria on April 3 in Abuja. The return leg will be in mid April in Windhoek.
“For the match against South Africa’s Banyana Banyana we had at least eight new players while they were bursting with the team that came third at the African Championships," Jacqui Shipanga, the coach of the Gladiators said.