Desert Jewels impress

After drawing with Singapore and thumping Ireland, the Desert Jewels are eyeing victory against Cook Islands today.

22 October 2019 | Sports

Namibia will face Cook Islands in their third match at the ongoing M1 Nations Cup in Singapore at 11:00 today.

“Our plan is to go out and get the points against Cook Islands, who are ranked 12th in the world. We are ready and set,” vice-president of marketing and sponsorship at Netball Namibia Rebekka /Goagoses said.

She said the Desert Jewels will go all-out to claim maximum points.

/Goagoses said Namibia, who are ranked 33rd in the world, have played exceptionally well against better-ranked opponents so far.

They drew 54-54 in their first match against Singapore on Sunday.

“It was a good match; at one point the ladies were leading by five goals. They definitely gave their all and we are proud of their performance against 28th ranked Singapore.”

In their second match, the Namibians managed to beat 25th ranked Ireland 52-31.

“For this match we bounced back from a draw. We took the lead from the first quarter and didn't allow them to play or create plays,” /Goagoses said.

She said winning against better-ranked countries improves one's ranking and the focus for the team was to do better with each game.

Tomorrow Namibia will face favourites Papua New Guinea at 09:00 and then African neighbours Botswana on Friday at 09:00.

Namibia returned to the competition after a seven-year hiatus and are hell-bent on improving their ranking.

The Desert Jewels squad is as follows: Shuweninawa Frans, Jatjinda Kambatuku, Leandri van der Walt, Tangeni Hanyanaya, Venyekerera Maharero, Etuhole Shipanga, Jaanda Tjihero, Emmy Kutako, Ndeshitila Kaspar, Zauana Jaumbuaje, and Diana Tjejamba.

The head coach is Julene Meyer.

LIMBA MUPETAMI

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