German Finance Minister Christian Lindner

German Finance Minister Christian Lindner said on Sunday that he was in talks with Kiev to travel to Ukraine in the coming months.

Lindner, from the pro-business Free Democrats, told broadcaster ARD that he would go in ‘late summer or autumn’ and that plans were being coordinated with his Ukrainian counterpart Serhiy Marchenko.

Lindner in May extended an invitation to Marchenko to visit Berlin, if he thought it would be useful.

In May, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock became the first member of the German government to visit Kiev since Russia’s invasion on February 24, followed by several other ministers. In June, Chancellor Olaf Scholz travelled to Ukraine.

As Russia’s war on Ukraine stretches toward its sixth month, Scholz on Sunday expressed willingness to continue engaging diplomatically with President Vladimir Putin.

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National senior netball team coach Mary Waya said

National senior netball team coach Mary Waya said her team will be ready to give a better performance in their next match of the World Netball African Regional qualifiers.

Namibia is in pool A, alongside host nation South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

In their opening match of the qualifiers for the Cape Town 2023 Netball World Cup, at the University of Pretoria (Tuks) Rembrandt Hall on Sunday, Namibia beat Tanzania 54-40 but team coach Waya said the performance in their opening match is not what she expected.

“I am happy that we won our opening match at the competition but this is not the way I wanted to start the competition because we made several unforced errors, which we have taken note of,” she said.

The coach added that all the mistakes made in the game against Tanzania must be improved on when the team steps onto the court on Monday evening.

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Our next match should be better: Waya

National senior netball team coach Mary Waya said her team will be ready to give a better performance in their next match of the World Netball African Regional qualifiers.

Namibia is in pool A, alongside host nation South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

In their opening match of the qualifiers for the Cape Town 2023 Netball World Cup, at the University of Pretoria (Tuks) Rembrandt Hall on Sunday, Namibia beat Tanzania 54-40 but team coach Waya said the performance in their opening match is not what she expected.

“I am happy that we won our opening match at the competition but this is not the way I wanted to start the competition because we made several unforced errors, which we have taken note of,” she said.

The coach added that all the mistakes made in the game against Tanzania must be improved on when the team steps onto the court on Monday evening.

“The shooting and handling percentage is not what I wanted but we are going to work on our mistakes and come back better,” said Waya, adding that she allowed every player to play for them to remove the fear of competing in a match and she expects every player to have better games when they play their next matches.

The coach also said that when they take on South Africa on Monday at 18h00, their focus will be on their goals of qualifying for the world cup.

Meanwhile vice-captain of the team and player of the match in their opening game against Tanzania, Anna Kaspar, said they are going to take the next match as hard as it comes.

“Our confidence is 95 per cent and the five per cent we still don’t know what will happen but we are positive of making it through the group stages. We will give it our all when in the court,” Kaspar said.

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Namibia wins opening match at Netball Africa World Cup qualifiers

The national senior women’s netball team, the Debmarine Desert Jewels, won their opening match of the Africa Netball World Cup qualifiers after beating Tanzania 54-40 on Sunday afternoon.

The Africa Netball World Cup qualifiers for the Cape Town 2023 Netball World Cup, are underway at the University of Pretoria (Tuks) Rembrandt Hall, where nine teams are competing from 21 to 27 August 2022.

In their opening match of pool A, the Namibian team started the game on a positive note as they took the lead in the opening minutes of the first quarter.

The Debmarine Desert Jewels had a seven points lead in the opening three minutes of the match but Tanzania cut it down to four points as the quarter progressed, with the Namibian team failing to capitalise on their turnover opportunities.

With the quarter coming to an end, the Namibian team once again regrouped to put more points on the scoreboard to end the quarter with a five points lead of 16-11.

The second quarter saw Namibia starting slow and missing scoring chances, which brought Tanzania back into the game once more as they trailed Namibia by three points halfway into the second quarter.

The Namibian girls then composed themselves and made use of all their turnover goals to lead that quarter 30-21 at halftime.

The start of the third quarter belonged to Tanzania, who were a more dominant outfit in the opening three minutes of that quarter but Namibia capitalised on their handling errors to once again restore their lead at the end of the quarter with a 42-33 score line as both teams just scored 12 points in this quarter.

The final quarter of the match saw the Namibian team digging deeper into their arsenals to write off a determined Tanzania who want to level the score as they mounted more pressure on their opponents but only scored seven points compared to Namibia’s 12 as the match ended with a 54-40 score.

In an interview with the media after the match, Namibia’s team coach, Mary Waya, said she was happy with the results.

“I think being picked up late from the hotel played a role in how the team prepared for the game, but I am happy that we managed to score points that won us the match today,” she said.

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Wanderers, UNAM storm into finals

The University of Namibia (UNAM) and Wanderers Rugby Clubs stormed into the finals of the 2022 Rugby Namibia Premier League following hard-fought victories on Saturday.

At the coast, runaway league leaders Kudus lost at home in the first semi-final match to UNAM by an 18-23 scoreline.

UNAM scored two tries through Oderich Mouton and substitute Delron Brandt, with Lorenzo Luis and Aljarreau Zaahl converting them.

Zaahl also slotted in three penalties to power his side to the finals, while Kudus scored two tries through captain Cameroon Langenhoven and Joshua Jacobs

Substitute Rayton Paulse converted one and scored a penalty, while Chad Plato also added three points from the penalty.

In the capital, Wanderers and Rehoboth produced an action-packed match, which saw the hosts prevailing 31-29 to play in the other semi-final match.

Wanderers scored four tries through Obert Nortje, Andre van der Berg, Nico Maartens and Jacques Theron, with Van der Berg converting one try and three penalties

For Rehoboth, Cliven Loubser scored two tries, converted one of them and scoring one penalty.

Scrum-half Miguel Busch scored four penalties and one conversion, as his side narrowly lost out on a place in the finals.

Wanderers coach said Rohan Kitshoff said it was a tough match for his team as Rehoboth made it difficult for them to play their expansive rugby.

“I am just relieved that we got away with a win. We knew it was going to be a tough semi-final match. We now have to work hard in the next two weeks to get things right in the final. Certain things let us down today like lack of concentration from the guys,” he said.

Rehoboth coach, Gerhard Loubser, said his team started slowly, which gave their opponents a good time to build up a decent scoreline.

“The boys did a very good recovery and the match could have gone to any side. There are a few mistakes by the officials which could have changed the game. We will be back again next year,” he said.

In the reserve league, Wanderers will play Rehoboth in the final, and the first division final will see Ocean Swallow from Lüderitz playing defending champions Sparta from Walvis Bay.

In the women’s final, Rehoboth Ladies will play Wanderers.

The 2022 rugby finals are scheduled for 03 September at the Hage Geingob Stadium.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency