Desert Jewels rewarded for winning 2019 M1 Nations Cup

The national senior netball team players were rewarded N.dollars 7000 each by their sponsor Debmarine Namibia on Monday for winning the M1 Six Nations Cup in Singapore over the weekend.

The Desert Jewels won the 2019 M1 Six Nations Cup on Saturday after defeating host Singapore 49-42 in the final.

The Namibian ladies who started the competition with a 54-54 drawing with Singapore in their first match at the tournament finished the whole competition without tasting defeat, winning five matches against Botswana (54-47), Cook Island (61-47), Ireland (52-31), Papua New Guinea (PNG) (59-47) and the final with the host nation which ended 49-42.

Speaking during the teams welcoming ceremony on Monday, Debmarine chief financial officer Willy Mertens said the team's impressive performance shows how hard work pays off.

We have always believed in the teams throughout the three years that we have been sponsoring them and all their hard work throughout those year paid off while in Singapore. As the teams sponsors we are going to award each team members N.dollars 7000 for winning this competition and making us proud as a country, he said.

Mertens added that going forward they will recommit their sponsorship with the team and it will be known as the Debmarine Desert Jewels.

Speaking at the same occasion deputy minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Agnes Tjongarero said the team did well in Singapore and the nation will be expecting more trophies from them.

Well done girls we are indeed proud of you and are only expecting more trophies, you know Namibians are competitive beings so when you win once they expect more to come so bear with us, she said.

Tjongarero added that as a country they need an urgent change of the status quo to establish a national netball league.

We need sponsors so that the board can run the project. Through the League, all 14 regions will have active leagues and will compete against each other at the highest level and that way make it possible for inclusivity of all in the national set up, Tjongarero said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency