Archive - Aug 2011 - Story
Namibia’s U17 Girls’ cricket team made a clean sweep at the Four Nations Girls Cricket Tournament in Gaborone, Botswana last weekend, on the scoreboard as well as at the prizegiving event. By winning all three their matches against Mozambique, Swaziland and Botswana, Namibia’s U17 girls were the overall winners of the U19 Tournament.
On August 25, Namibia recorded a comprehensive 110-run victory against Mozambique.
Namibia batted first, scoring 246 runs with Larraine Brink scoring 53, Phea Gerber 45, Chantelle Esterhuysen 37 and Anna Mart Adriaanse 29 runs.
Brave Warriors coach, Brian Isaacs believes that his side still have a chance of qualifying for the AFCON 2012 tournament.
“I have been informed that if we can beat Gambia by three clear goals we can qualify for the finals depending on how my Association’s formal complaint to CAF (Confederation of African Football) on Burkina Faso’s usage of Cameroon born player Herve Zengue, which is being investigated by CAF goes,” Isaacs said.
Cricket Namibia will host the Hollard U15 and U19 Cricket Development Festival in Windhoek from September 1 to 4.
Six Namibian school teams will participate in the tournament namely Windhoek Afrikaans Privaat Skool, Windhoek Gymnasium, Outjo Secondary School, HTS, Pro-Ed and David Bezuidenhout. Four mixed development teams will also take part (Coastal JCCS, Desert Devils, Crazy Frogs and Foxy Girls).
A total of 16 50-over and five 30-over matches will be played with each team playing four matches on a round robin basis.
Preparations for the All Africa Games are in full swing with most of the African countries having arrived.
The Athletes Village is teeming with athletes from all over Africa, ranging from SADC neighbours like Botswana, Zimbabwe, Angola, Zambia, South Africa and Lesotho to countries further afield like Algeria, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Kenya and Egypt.
Some of the biggest delegations include Nigeria with about 800 athletes and South Africa with more than 400.
Brian Isaacs, Brave Warriors coach, has said preparations for the last AFCON 2012 qualifier against the Gambia that will be played on Saturday at the Independence Stadium are going well.
“Training is going really well as all the players arrived on time, we are just waiting for the guys who went to Angola for the FESA tournament to arrive later today,” Isaacs said.
“So far we have no injuries in the squad that I am currently working with, but I am not sure about the players who were playing in Angola, I will have to see when they arrive,” he added.
Bucks Bok, the president of the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) believes that this year’s World Cup will be the one that the Welwitschias will win their first match.
Bok was speaking at the team’s official capping ceremony in Windhoek on Monday evening prior to their departure for New Zealand on Wednesday for the tournament that is due to start on September 9.
“Count on the fact that we will attain that elusive World Cup win this year,” Bok said.
Namibia’s athletes started training and preparing for the All Africa Games on Monday, after settling in at the Athletes Village in Maputo.
Most of the athletes have already arrived, with the exception of tennis and swimming who are expected on Friday.
Namibia’s two athletes who competed at the IAAF World Championships in South Korea, Tjipekapora Herunga and Daniel Nghipandulwa are also due to arrive later this week.
Heinrich Kohne was the overall winner of the Otjihavera Experience that took place over two days around the Otjihavera mountains.
Tony Bassingthwaighte reports:
The Otjihavera Xperience which took place over the weekend of 25 and 26 August, was once again a huge success. This endurance event sponsored by Radio Wave and water points seconded by Build-It, was very testing for the huge number of entrants. The road took the cyclists over the gruelling slopes and descents of the Otjihavera Mountains.
The national Under 20 soccer team lost 1-0 to Angola in the final of the two-day youth tournament in Cabinda on Sunday.
The Namibians reached the final after beating Democratic Republic of the Congo 2 -0 with goals from Eslin Kamuhanga and Willy Stephanus on Saturday, while the host Angola managed to overcome Congo Brazzaville in their semi-final encounter.
On Sunday afternoon in Cabinda, the Angolans managed to win the tournament known as the Eduardo dos Santos Foundation (FESA) youth tournament 1-0 against Namibia who had Alfeus Handura red carded midway through the game.
Namibia will be represented by Julia Laggner and Corinna Wahl at the FIVB World Junior Beach Volleyball Championships in Halifax, Canada from 31 August to 4 September.
Namibia will be Africa’s sole representative at the competition, which will see 25 countries participating.
“There were no official junior championships held in Africa so they were asked by the Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) to represent the continent,” president of the Namibia Volleyball Federation (NVF) Heiko Diehl said.