Hard work lies ahead for World Cup: Davies

19 Aug 2018 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 19 AUG (NAMPA) – The Welwitschias have a lot of work to do before the Rugby World Cup tournament in Japan next year, national rugby team coach Phil Davies said Saturday.
He was speaking to Nampa at the Hage Geingob Stadium following his side’s 53-28 victory over Kenya, which saw the team qualify for the Rugby World Cup set for 20 September to 02 November 2019.
“We have achieved our primary target of qualifying for 2019, but hard work lies ahead as we have to prepare for the tournament itself. We will enjoy this result, we will savour the victory and its meaning, but on Monday we are going to sit down and plan accordingly,” Davies said.
He added that they started working towards the goal of qualifying in 2015 and they have managed to meet most of the targets they set for themselves.
Davies was impressed by the team’s performance on the day, saying he was happy that the fans came in numbers to witness the historic moment.
“We played well today, the team stuck to the game plan. This means a lot as we have been building a team since the last World Cup. We have an average age of 24 years now compared to 31 at the previous tournament. We have depth now,” he explained.
The team played in front of a capacity crowd which included President Hage Geingob, Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Erastus Uutoni, as well as Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhardt Esau.
After the match, the president congratulated the team, saying they made the country proud in a media statement availed to this news agency.
He also encouraged rugby administrators to ensure that the team participates in the finals with the objective of winning.
“Don’t just participate, do so with the aim of winning the World Cup,” Geingob said.