PIENAAR: "THE SMILE IS COMING" AS NAMIBIA TAKES SINGAPORE
WYNC debutantes Namibia cleared the first round to be in the running for
9th, after beating Singapore 56 goals to 45.
However their coach Edward Pienaar is still not convinced the team are
playing quite at their best.
"They're getting there, their mojo is coming back slowly but surely." he
A tense first quarter saw the teams go neck and neck for it's entirety,
ending on 13 apiece, but the Namibians found a way out of the deadlock first and
managed to edge ahead to a five goal lead at half time.
They settled into a pattern of long high loopy passes, hiding behind
players but got away with it against their shorter opponents.
Singapore struggled to intercept cleanly, and couldn't get back in the
game. Namibian captain Delila Keja at GD and Diana Tjejamba at GK did well to
prevent Singpapore's shooters from taking aim when they did have the ball in the
Singapore will now face Papua New Guinea as they fight for 13th place which
would still be an improvement on their last WYNC finish of 14th.
The competition is getting tougher" said Keja. "We made some mistakes we
are going to work on but we played as a team."
Looking towards their next match against Fiji Keja was upbeat. "We have a
positive spirit, we are going for Fiji this time."
ar said the team are looking forward to playing Fiji again but whether
he will be satisfied after that game remains to be seen.
"The smile is coming slowly but surely." he said. "I'll help the girls to
keep it the way they finished off today, I'm sure they will be able to challenge
Fiji tomorrow and keep the spirits up!"
Editorial courtesy Harriet Millard, Planet Netball