Namibian Sevens’ women’s rugby team departs for Nairobi for CAR Africa Women’s Cup Sevens’ tournament

JOHANNESBURG: The Namibian Sevens’ women’s rugby team departed for Nairobi, Kenya yesterday 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 yesterday 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.

Captain Geraldine Louw said they worked very hard and she has confidence in her team, and with the right attitude and motivation and knowing they play for Namibia, they will do their best.

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.

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