04 Sep 2017 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 04 SEP (NAMPA) Namibia finished third behind Botswana and Zimbabwe at the recently concluded Confederation of Schools Sport Associations of Southern Africa (Cossasa) Ball Games in Lesotho.
The games, which took place between 28 August and 02 September, saw Team Namibia competing in volleyball, football, netball, rugby, tennis and basketball.
Namibia won four gold medals in football under 17 (U17), rugby (U13 and U17) and netball (U13).
Botswana, the host of the 2016 edition, successfully defended their title with seven gold medals, while Zimbabwe won six gold medals. The top three nations retained their rankings from last years competition.
This years host nation finished fourth, South Africa fifth, Swaziland sixth and Malawi seventh.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday shortly after the teams arrival in the country, Solly Duiker, Namibia Schools Sport Union (NSSU) national coordinator, said this year the U17 age group had a lot of competition but the Namibian players did their best to win gold in the football event.
He added that the U13 teams showed a lot of potential for future games and the NSSU will work on keeping them busy and together.
With the Cossasa Ball Games, we dont have U15 teams competing, therefore this U13 team will be inactive next year, stressing the need to keep the players fit until they reach the U17 team.
Duiker said Namibia has a lot of talent that needs to be nurtured from the grassroots level.
We only trained for a week for these championships while other countries have been in camp for two weeks but we still managed to give them a run for the medals, he said.