Namibia impresses at U18 Fistball World champs
23 Apr 2014 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 23 APR (NAMPA) - The Namibian national under-18 fistball team achieved a historic win against Switzerland, and successfully concluded the Under-18 Fistball World Championships in Brazil in fifth place on Sunday.
A statement issued by the Fistball Association of Namibia on Tuesday said Namibia faced Switzerland in the last game of the round after winning the preliminary round matches against Chile and Argentina.
What should have been a walk in the park for the Swiss, who were touted as favourites against Namibia, turned out to be the game of the tournament for the Namibians.
They won the first set of the game by 13 points to 11, and the Swiss retaliated by taking the second set 11-7, but the Namibian team kept their nerve to win another two sets, winning the game by three sets to two, read the statement.
That win had a historic significance, as it is the first time that a Namibian national fistball team won against one of the top European fistball nations in an international competition.
Namibian fistball coach Andreas Minz and his team won a lot of respect at the tournament.
Minz was quoted in the statement as saying that he was satisfied with the results, especially the performance which his team delivered in the preliminary rounds.
He noted that although the Namibians had a shaky start to the tournament, they improved from game to game, and were on par with their more-fancied European and South American opponents.
The performance of the under-18s bodes well for the associations efforts to send a senior national team to the Mens Fistball World Cup, which will be played in Argentina during November 2015.