Namibia registers first wins at Z6

07 Dec 2014 11:10am
By Hesron Kapanga
BULAWAYO, 07 DEC (NAMPA) – Team Namibia registered its first wins at the Zone Six Games underway here on Saturday.
The wins are from the menÂ’s football team and two boxers.
The football team defeated Lesotho 1-0 in their opening game.
Katiti HakuriaÂ’s goal converted from a free-kick in the 35th minute of the first half was all the Namibians needed to secure a victory and to go second in their group behind Zambia that defeated South Africa 6-0 in their opening game.
Speaking to Nampa after his teamÂ’s win, Namibian coach Turipamwe Upi said he was happy, but admitted that it was not an easy win.
“We knew Lesotho will be a tough opponent but we stuck to our game plan and got the three points we really needed. We now have a tough game against Zambia but we will work on a plan to still get the three points,” he said.
In the boxing ring, Namibia's Kamho Angula beat Thabo Shampene of Lesotho in the Bantamweight (56kg) category after three rounds of boxing.
In the Lightweight (60kg) category, Nghutenanye Khaunawoye Fredrick beat Zweli Dlamini of Swaziland after three rounds.
Boxing coach Jacob Gariseb told this agency that his team prepared well at home ahead of the games, and they are now looking forward to winning medals for Namibia.
“We have not been using a gym to exercise since we came here but the boxers are still motivated to achieve for the team, because that is what we came to do here. I am so pleased that we registered two wins in our opening fights today, because these wins will motivation other boxers who will fight on Monday,” he said.
On his part, Angula said he was delighted to win and is looking forward to his next fight.
“We don’t have proper training facilities here but our coach prepared us mentally for that before we left Namibia. With my win today, I just want to fight and go to the top so I can win a gold medal for my country,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the Namibian womenÂ’s football team will play their second game on Sunday against Botswana. Namibia lost 1-2 against host Zimbabwe on Friday.
Namibia is also represented in netball, athletics, tennis and swimming. The team consists of Paralympic athletes, mainly for track and field.
The country ended second in the 2012 edition of the Zone Six Games held in Lusaka, Zambia.