22 Jul 2016 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JUL (NAMPA) - The national Under-21 netball team arrived in Gaborone, Botswana on Thursday for the Africa U-21 World Cup qualifiers slated for 24 to 30 July.
Namibia will play their opening game of the competition, against Malawi, on Sunday at 18h00 Namibian time.
Eight nations, which are host Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Uganda, Lesotho and South Africa, will compete amongst each other with the top three countries in the event qualifying for the Netball World Youth Cup in 2017, also to be hosted by Botswana.
Speaking to Nampa on Friday, Netball Namibia spokesperson Rebekka Goagoses said the team arrived safely and they are looking forward to their first encounter on Sunday.
The players are ready. We have five players who were part of the Miami squad and we are going to rely on their expertise and experience in this competition.
We know Malawi is a power house in senior netball in Africa, but at this level the girls are equal since they dont know each other, she said.
After their game with Malawi on Sunday, Namibia will play two games on Monday - against Uganda at 10h00 Namibian time and then against Zimbabwe at 14h00.
The Namibian U-21 team currently in Botswana are Sharny Engelbrecht, Rieta Marie Brandt, Juzelri Garbers, Jessica Moolman, Jehumba Hambira, Atushe Shihepo, Vickey Uarije, Uehengisa Tjozongoro, Tjimbakavaza Tjepetekera, Himezeembi Tjejamba, Minerva Calvar Callozo and Ronell Benson.