Namibian Women Suffer First Defeat

NAMIBIA’s U18 Women’s hockey team suffered its first defeat at the African Youth Olympics qualifiers in Lusaka on Thursday when they lost 9-2 to the favourites South Africa.

Namibia were immediately under pressure when South Africa scored two goals in the opening two minutes, but Namibia pulled a goal back by Carla Brits to reduce the deficit to 2-1.

South Africa however kept on attacking and two more goals gave them a 4-1 lead at the end of the first period.

South Africa again scored at the start of the second period but Phia Gerber pulled a goal back for Namibia who managed to hold South Africa at bay for most of the second period before a late goal put South Africa 6-2 ahead.

In the third and final period, South Africa once again took control, scoring three more goals to run out 9-2 victors.

South Africa have won all their matches to date and are assured of a place in the final, where they will meet either Namibia or Zambia who meet on Friday. Both finalists will qualify for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in August.

Namibia’s men’s team also play Zambia on Friday and will have to win that match if they hope to qualify for Saturday’s final.

Source : The Namibian