Welwitschias dig deep in comeback win

17 July 2017 | Sports

The Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek was set ablaze on Saturday when the Welwitschias snatched the game from Zimbabwe in the dying minutes.

The Africa Gold Cup log leaders came from behind to beat Zimbabwe 31-26 on Saturday.

It is Namibia's third win in the cup after they thrashed Senegal 95-0 in the second match and Tunisia 53-7 in the first match.

However, the game was not a walk in the park for the home team as Zimbabwe gave them a run for their money.

In the first minutes of the game, Namibia came storming at the visitors, but Zimbabwe's backline was strong, offering the home side no chance to run through.

At half time, the game stood at 20-7, in Zimbabwe's favour.

Namibia came from the dressing room in the second half more determined. Even though the visitors were more disciplined in attack, the Namibians stood their ground and took advantage of some chances, which brought a difference to the team.

In the last 15 minutes of the game, Namibia brought on winger Johan Tromp who showed character and gave the team the extra push much to the disappointment of the Zimbabwean crowd who thought that they had the game in the bag considering the fact that they were leading throughout the match.

Tromp scored two tries for the home team.

Gino Wilson, Damien Stevens and Darryl de la Harpe also scored tries and JC Greyling was awarded the man of the match award for his exploits.

Rohan Kitshoff, the Namibian captain, said Zimbabwe was a tough test and it is just what they needed to dig deep for the win.

“The game against Senegal was easy, but facing Zimbabwe was not. They made us work hard for our win and we are grateful for the challenge they gave us. We need to step up and work much harder next time,” he said.

Zimbabwe's coach Cyprian Madenge said he felt sorry for his team for losing even though they worked hard.

“It just was not meant to be. Namibia was a massive challenge and we give them credit.”

Namibia will now play Uganda (away) in their third match and thereafter face Kenya.

Namibia has won the last three editions of the Gold Cup.

The winner of the tournament, which includes Kenya, Zimbabwe, Senegal and Tunisia, will qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.



LIMBA MUPETAMI

Similar News

 

Spectacular bike performances light up Abbabis

11 hours ago | Sports

Henner Rusch (KTM), Joern Greiter (KTM), JL Oppermann (Honda), Jurgen Gladis (KTM) and Shannon Rowland (Honda) did not disappoint the past weekend on farm Abbabis.The...

Brockie backs Baxter for greatness

11 hours ago | Sports

SuperSport United striker Jeremy Brockie is convinced former club coach Stuart Baxter can turn Bafana Bafana into a force to be reckoned with in Africa,...

Therons crowned Vasbyt kings

11 hours ago | Sports

Vasbyt 4x4 driver and navigator duo Herman Theron Jr and Nico Theron Jr emerged as overall winners of a gruelling 10 stage Weskus 4x4 Vasbyt...

Mannetti snubs Comoros talks

11 hours ago | Sports

Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti says it is too early to talk about their next opponents in the CHAN qualifiers.The coach has chosen to shy...

NPL picks up the pieces

11 hours ago | Sports

Things at the Namibia Premier League (NPL) are finally falling into place after several clubs met over the weekend to review the new constitution.This follows...

Great achievement for Para-athlete

1 day - 24 July 2017 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI Namibia’s T13 athlete Johannes Nambala on Friday won the country’s third medal at the 2017 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championships...

Nambala wins silver at IPC Championship

1 day - 24 July 2017 | Sports

NAMPA Namibian T13 athlete Johannes Nambala on Friday won the country’s third medal at the 2017 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics...

There will never be another Robbie

1 day - 24 July 2017 | Sports

There is a void in the Windhoek city centre where the number one supporter of the people's game used to frequent. There is no place...

Whitewash for Walvis Bay

1 day - 24 July 2017 | Sports

In a one-sided affair Unam thrashed the Walvis Bay side which failed to impress when they came up against the university team. In the first...

Zimbabwe Under-18 go down to Namibia

1 day - 24 July 2017 | Sports

The under-18 Namibian side beat Old Mutual Zimbabwe 41-21 on day five in their test match at the Coca-Cola Craven Week tournament in Johannesburg, South...

Latest News

Swapo to deal with Swartbooi

11 hours ago | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKES Swapo secretary-general Nangolo Mbumba says the ruling party will deal with parliamentarian Bernadus Swartbooi over controversial comments he made at the weekend in...

Under-fire governor claims he was...

11 hours ago | Cultural

ILENI NANDJATOOmusati governor Erginus Endjala has apologised for private remarks in which he spoke against the Aandonga people and certain politicians.An hour-long audio recording involving...

Namibian rhino to be sculpted...

11 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

ELLANIE SMIT A life-sized rhino made from Namibian marble and sculpted by a world-renowned artist will soon be auctioned...

State to appeal Hoff conviction

11 hours ago | Justice

FRED GOEIEMAN The State is not satisfied that a woman who had conspired to kill her husband was only found...

Hardap alleviates Neckartal water woes

11 hours ago | Infrastructure

STAFF REPORTERNamWater will funnel crucial water from the Hardap Dam to the Neckartal Dam construction site in order to alleviate critical water shortages there and...

TransNamib manager out on bail

11 hours ago | Justice

CATHERINE SASMANTransNamib’s head of procurement accused of corruption, Chris Simataa, was granted bail of N$60 000 by the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Friday and was...

Desert Rose EIA under scrutiny

11 hours ago | Infrastructure

The developers of the Desert Rose project are keen to get the project rolling, having recently submitted an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the N$8-billion...

Brother nabbed for fondling sister

11 hours ago | Crime

The Namibian police at Okatope in the Oshikoto Region on Sunday arrested a 27-year-old man for allegedly fondling the genitals of his biological sister.The crime...

Two men arrested for ivory

11 hours ago | Crime

Two residents of Katutura who were on Friday found in possession of two elephant tusks briefly appeared in the Magistrate's Court in Windhoek yesterday morning....

Load More