NFA salutes Welwitschias

09 Jul 2014 09:50am
WINDHOEK, 09 JUL (NAMPA) - The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has congratulated the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) on its senior national team’s qualification for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, to be hosted in England.
NFA president John Muinjo said in a statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday that Namibia’s Welwitschias started badly with the defeat to Kenya (22-29), but bounced back to win 24-20 against Zimbabwe.
With the pressure on them to do well in their final match against the host Madagascar, they won 89-10.
“They were true professionals and brave sons of the soil, who were prepared to realise their dream by sweat or blood as they soldiered on, and victory is ours as Namibians,” he beamed.
The Welwitchias qualified for their fifth consecutive Rugby World Cup on Sunday when they ended top of their group with the best goal difference at the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) tournament, which ended in Madagascar on Sunday.
Namibia will now go into the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C featuring New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Georgia.
NFA Secretary-General Barry Rukoro was also quoted as saying in the same statement that the football association takes a lot of inspiration from the spirited performance of the national rugby side, as they time and again qualify for the global showpiece.
“The consistent performance of our country’s national rugby team is very inspirational, and we can all take a leaf out of it, and try to emulate what they always achieve.
It was not an easy journey for them, but again they proved that despite meagre resources, dedication and passion can carry you for the game you love, and bring joy to your nation. Well done Welwitschias!” he stated.
Rukoro noted that with Namibia hosting the biggest competition for female footballers on the continent in October this year, he hopes that the senior women’s football team will carry the same spirit and bring joy to the nation.
“This goes for all our teams, including the Brave Warriors (senior men’s football team) and the national under-15 girls’ team, which will represent Namibia at the Youth Olympics in August this year in China,” he added.