National women's hockey team makes history, scoops 11th world position

February 27, 2018, 5:33pm

Namibian women’s hockey national team has broken a record after scooping a major boost to their world rankings, landing at world number 11 this week from an earlier 14th position soon after a brave fight in the Berlin World Cup.

Speaking to The Villager Sport, national team coach, Erwin Handura, could not hide his excitement at the new ranking saying such an historic accomplishment comes at a time when the team is currently made up of some of the youngest players in the world.

“This is the highest ranking Namibia has ever achieved whether being an indoor or outdoor. So it’s a milestone that we achieved and also with a very young team, the average age in the team is 21.4 years. So for me it’s a huge accomplishment. And also for the country at large and the players. I think all credit goes to the players,” he said. 

Pressed on how he intends to strategise around consolidating these gains and breaking into the world’s top-ten, Handura said he is not sure since his contract is slated to expire this coming year.