Under-17 rugby team off to Grand Khomo Week

WINDHOEK; The Namibian national under-17 rugby team left for Pretoria, South Africa on Thursday to take part in the annual Grand Khomo Week rugby tournament.

This year, Namibia and Zimbabwe join South African provinces in participating in the Under-17 schools’ tournament.

The 22-member team gathered at the Namibia Schools’ Sports Union (NSSU)’s office at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek on Wednesday for a capping ceremony, witnessed by their proud parents.

Speaking during the ceremony, NSSU National Coordinator Solly Duiker told the youngsters that they should represent their nation with pride.

“You are the best this country can offer in your age group, and when you go to the Grand Khomo Week, you should win because it has already been done by the team which went before you,” he noted.

Players representing Namibia were selected from eight regions – Erongo, Oshikoto, Oshana, Khomas, Otjozondjupa, Hardap, Karas and Omaheke.

Team captain Marius van Niekerk told Nampa that he believes his teammates will get results because they are a talented team.

“We have been together as a team for two weeks, and right now I believe the team is hungry to win matches in Pretoria,” he enthused.

His vice-captain, Andre van der Berg, seconded those sentiments, stating that he believes in his teammates after two weeks of solid training.

“It is a big honour to be part of this team, and the team has been doing very well in training. I have now started believing in the other teammates, and I hope we will win all our three games,” he stated.

The team will travel with three officials and some parents, who will be accompanying their children.