Nam. women’s rugby team off to Kenya for CAR Sevens’ tourney

JOHANNESBURG: The Namibian 7’s girls rugby team is ready to take part in their first ever Confederation of Africa Rugby (CAR) Africa Women’s Cup sevens tournament in Nairobi Kenya. NAMPA spoke to both the captain and assistant coach while the young team was waiting to board their airplane at the OR Tambo international Airport, South Africa on Saturday.

‘We worked very hard and I have confidence in my team, and with the right attitude and motivation, and knowing we play for Namibia, we will do our best’ Geraldine Louw the team captain told this reporter at the airport. Louw further said although it is the first time they participate international it is difficult to predict their performance. She immediately added she and her team promise to give their opponents a hard time.

Assistant Coach Edwin Basson told this reporter they are well prepared and are not underestimating the other teams they play against. Ons a question what is the public and specially the girls response to women’s rugby since it is still a relative new sport in Namibia he said it is still a bit difficult for the girls. ‘The sport is still new, but as the girls come to the training sessions, they start to like the sport’ he said.

Eight teams in total will take part in the tournament. South Africa the 2013 defending champions will play against host country Kenya, Senegal and Madagascar. Namibia will play against teams like Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

The young ladies team was capped during a short ceremony at a local hotel in Windhoek alongside the Under 20 men’s team on Monday. Although the team is not sure what awaits them in Kenya, they were of high spirits when this reporters ran into them in South Africa.

Morocco handed over the tournament to Kenya after it could not host the tournament due to logistical challenge.

(edited)JOHANNESBURG: The Namibian Sevens’ women’s rugby team departed for Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday for its first-ever Confederation of Africa Rugby (CAR) Africa Women’s Cup Sevens’ tournament.

This Nampa reporter caught up with the players at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday as they waited to board a plane to Kenya.

The young women received their national colours during a short ceremony in Windhoek on Monday, together with the national under-20 rugby men’s team, which is participating in the 2014 International Rugby Board’s (IRB) Junior World Rugby Trophy tournament in Hong Kong.

Although the players are not sure what awaits them in Kenya, they were still in high spirits for the event.

“We worked very hard and I have confidence in my team, and with the right attitude and motivation and knowing we play for Namibia, we will do our best,” said captain Geraldine Louw.

She said that although it is the first time they participate internationally, it is difficult to predict their performance, but promised to give their opponents a hard time.

Assistant coach Edwin Basson told this reporter they are well prepared and do not underestimate the other teams.

Asked how the Namibian public and especially girls have responded to women’s rugby, he said it is still a bit difficult for women.

“The sport is still new, but as the girls come to the training sessions, they start to like the sport,” said Basson.

Eight teams will take part in the tournament.

Namibia will play against Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Uganda, while South Africa, the defending champions, will play against hosts Kenya, Senegal and Madagascar.

Morocco handed over the women’s sevens’ tournament to Kenya after it could not host it due to logistical challenges.

SOURCE: NAMPA