08 Jul 2014 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 08 JUL (NAMPA) Prime Minister (PM) Hage Geingob says the time is right for the Welwitschias to progress from being mere participants to making history after they successfully qualified for their fifth consecutive Rugby World Cup.
The national senior rugby team thrashed Madagascar by 89-10 in the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) tournament on Sunday to qualify for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, which will be played in England.
The team arrived at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Tuesday morning.
Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) president Bradley Basson welcomed the players, and congratulated them on their performance before reading out a letter from the PM.
Geingob congratulated the NRU and the Welwitschias for their outstanding performance over the weekend.
In his letter, he said the teams accomplishment exemplifies the bravery and never-say-die spirit of the Namibian nation.
We are all aware that Namibia has been drawn in a tough group, which includes New Zealands All Blacks and Argentina. However, this is Namibias fifth successive world cup, and the time is right for us to progress from being mere participants to being history-making, giant-killers. It is time to win.
I, therefore, congratulate you once more, and assure you that the whole nation is behind the Namibia Rugby Union and the Welwitschias as you prepare for what we assure (you) will be a historic and successful World Cup campaign. Shock the world, Geingob urged.
Basson further told the players, family and fans in attendance that the first hurdle has been passed, but the team now has a mountain to climb ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
They showed us that Namibia as a rugby team cannot be easily written off. As I have said before, the whole world will be in for a shock when we run onto the field on 24 September 2015 against the All Blacks and come out victorious, because everything is possible, he enthused.
The team will take it one game at a time, and show Africa and the rest of the whole world that Namibia can be a big force to reckon with, he added.
Namibia has so far participated in the Rugby World Cup on four occasions - in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011. The team has, however, so far failed to win a single game.