09 Dec 2018 18:10pm
By Hesron Kapanga
GABORONE, 09 DEC (NAMPA) Namibias mens volleyball team went down fighting 1-3 against South Africa on Sunday at the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five, Under-20 Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana.
The Namibian team went down 0-2 in the two opening sets of the game, but pulled themselves together to fight until the last minute of the fourth set.
The Namibian boys started the game like a steam train in the first set which saw South Africa dominating them. The second set continued in the same vein, ending 17-25 in South Africas favour.
The Namibian steam train was running at full speed in the third set as they dominated play throughout and ended the set with a 25-18 score in their favour.
In the last set of the game, the boys continued were they left off, taking the lead from the start and leading the match 21-17 at one stage. Lack of concentration and experience from them however brought the South Africans back into the game for a final score of 23-25.
South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia are competing in the mens volleyball event. Namibias next game at the competition will be against Lesotho at 15h00 on Monday.
The Namibian team at the games is competing in football (men and women), track and field, boxing, netball, swimming, basketball, judo, volleyball (men and women) and tennis.
The other countries competing in AUSC Region Five U-20 Youth Games, which end on 16 December, are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.