Namibia beat Botswana in third netball game at AUSC Youth Games

09 Dec 2018 12:20pm
By Hesron Kapanga
GABORONE, 09 DEC (NAMPA) – The Namibian netball team beat Botswana 44-38 in their third match at the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five, Under-20 Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana on Saturday.
The Namibians lost their opening matches at the competition 28-51 and 22-62 against Zambia and Zimbabwe respectively on Thursday and Friday.
In their third match in the competition against the host nation, an inspired Namibian team redeemed themselves by matching their opponents in all departments.
The Namibians showed more determination and hunger than in the previous two matches and led in all four quarters despite Botswana putting up a fight for each point gained in the match.
In the third quarter, Botswana struggled to maintain Namibia who played fast-paced netball, ending the match 44-38.
Namibia’s next match in the competition will be at 12h00 on Monday against South Africa.
Meanwhile in other sporting codes, Namibia’s judo mixed team missed out on a bronze medal on Saturday to Mozambique after the team finished fourth overall in the judo event.
Judo coach Henry Cookson told Nampa he was happy with his team’s performance and he is hopeful the experience gained at the event will help his athletes in future competitions.
“I had a very youthful team that still has a lot to offer in the sport going forward. Even though we did not win a medal in our mixed team event the athletes showed character and determination when they stepped up against their opponents, which is an encouraging sign to see as a coach,” he said.
In the three-on-three basketball play-off, Team Namibia also lost out on a bronze medal when they were beaten by Botswana on Saturday afternoon.
The games end on 16 December.