08 Sep 2017 20:10pm
CORRECTION: Corrects headline, changing Swaziland to Zambia
WINDHOEK, 08 SEP (NAMPA) A wasteful Namibian senior national netball team on Thursday lost its second match 45-53 against Zambia at the Debmarine Namibia Pent Series underway in Windhoek.
The Namibian team, which won its opening game of the competition 51-34 against Swaziland on Wednesday, found the going tough against a determined Zambian team which dominated play in the first two quarters of the game.
Namibia trailed 12-13 to Zambia at the end of the first quarter, with Zambia extending the lead by eight points for a 22-30 score line at the end of the second quarter.
In front of the hundreds cheering fans on the day, Namibia brought down the margin in the third quarter, even taking the lead for about four minutes before the visitors recaptured their five point advantage to end the third quarter with a 34-39 lead.
Despite giving it their all in the last quarter, a brilliant passing game from the Zambian team, forced the home team into unwanted errors at the back and in front of the hoop to take the game with a 45-53 score line.
Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Swaziland are battling it out for ranking points during the five-day tournament which ends Sunday.
Namibias next game will be against Zimbabwe on Friday at 15h00, while Swaziland and Zambia will play the second game of the day at 17h00.
Speaking to the media after the game, Namibias coach Manuella Tjivera said he was happy with the performance and the defeat will not change their goal of ending on the podium at the championship.
I am happy that the girls are improving despite just being our first international games after we returned back into the ranking earlier this year, he said.
In another game that was played earlier in the day a dominant Swaziland team beat Botswana 39-32.
Namibia is currently ranked 37th out of the 38 countries ranked by the International Netball Federation (INF).