Coen Welsh | Nov 14, 2017 | 0
Nam ladies display a gutsy performance
The Namibia’s ladies U21 hockey team impressed, when they held a gutsy and determined performance on Tuesday, against the overwhelming favourites South Africa, in their U21 African Junior World Cup Qualifiers match in Windhoek.
Despite losing the star forward Dunell van Taak after 10 min with a serious shoulder injury, the team never let SA dominate. South Africa scored through two short corners, where Namibia could not convert their five short corners, which ended up being the deciding factor.
Namibia’s strong defense and a 5 star performance by their goalkeeper was the key to this remarkable game. With a final score of 0:2, after trailing 0:1 at half time, the respectable performance confirmed Namibia as one of the favourites to qualify for the World Cup held later this year in Chile.
Earlier on Tuesday, Tanzania and Botswana played a friendly match, with the Tanzanian girls clinching the win with 3:0 goals. The Namibia’s men had a rest day today. Tomorrow they will battle it out with Zimbabwe at 17:00 at Aloe Park Hockey Field.
Ladies: Tanzania – Botswana 3-0 (friendly); Namibia – South Africa 2-0
Meanwhile the other matches played on Wednesday, after time of print, Egypt was set to clash with South Africa at Aloe Park (WHS), Namibia faced Zimbabwe at the same venue at a later time.