05 Dec 2014 08:20am
BULAWAYO, 05 DEC (NAMPA) Namibias Under-20 mens football team is hard at work ahead of their opening match against Lesotho in the Zone Six Youth Games in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on Saturday.
The 2014 Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA)-run games started on Thursday, and end on 14 December.
Sportsmen and women are competing in nine codes - netball, football, basketball, judo, swimming, tennis, boxing, para-sports and athletics - during the event.
The U-20 mens football team was scheduled to play their opening game against Zambia at the Luveve Stadium on Friday.
After a late-afternoon meeting on Thursday with the Local Organising Committee (LOC), they were told that their game was being moved to Saturday, and that they would instead compete against Lesotho.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, their team manager Immanuel Cole Mungendje said the moving of the game and change in opponents does not affect his team in any way.
We are 120 per cent ready for Lesotho on Saturday. The team spirit is very high in the camp because we were prepared to disappoint Zambia on Friday, but we are now going to use all that energy when we meet Lesotho on Saturday, noted Mungendje.
He added that the team is currently free of injuries, and all players have arrived in camp.
On our way here, we left one of our boys, Leonard Tuhafeni at the border due to complications with his passport, but he joined the team on Wednesday.
Matheus Hamutenya, who plies his trade in Belgium, will not be joining the team anymore.
But, we have a strong team which can cause an upset at the tournament, he beamed.
Bonifatius Paulino, who plays for TUKS Football Club in South Africa, and Lorenzo Kisting have also joined the team.
Our team doctors today assured us that all our players who have had small knocks are fit to play on Saturday, and we are looking forward to a winning start, added Mungendje.
Namibia has been drawn in a group with South Africa, Zambia and Lesotho.
The Namibia Football Association (NFA), the custodians of football, sent two teams (men and women) to represent the country at the Zone Six Youth Games.
The womens team will play their opening game against host nation Zimbabwe at the Luveve Stadium on Friday at 16h30.
Namibia is also represented in netball, para-sports, athletics, swimming, tennis and boxing.
The country ended second in the 2012 edition of the Zone Six Games held in Lusaka, Zambia.