Namibia readies for All Africa Games (The Namibia Press Agency)

Namibia will be sending a team of 79 athletes to the 11th edition of the All Africa Games which will be held in Congo, Brazzaville, from 04 to 19 September 2015.

The 2015 All Africa Games will mark the 50th anniversary of the Games, as well as its return to Brazzaville, which hosted the first edition in 1965.

About 22 separate sport codes have been announced for the 2015 African Games, and two additional disability sports (Athletics and Swimming).

Team Namibia Chef de Mission Roger Kambatuku told Nampa on Tuesday that Namibia will be sending 79 Athletes and 43 officials to represent the country in nine sport which are Athletics, Boxing, Cycling, Karate, Swimming, Tennis, Table Tennis, Gymnastics and Paralympics.

Its always very important for us as a country to attend these types of games, because our athletes will get a chance to compete against the best on the continent and the experience gain from this participations goes a long way in improving their games and becoming better athletes, said Kambatuku.

Kambatuku added that he is hopeful that the athletes selected for these years’ games will break the duck and hopeful end the team on a better position.

Four year ago in Maputo (Mozambique), we finished 19th and now we are aiming to better that finish. We have a great team of talented and quality athletes who can rise to the occasion on any day and we believe that 2015 is the year we break the duck. We are aiming for a top ten finish and anything higher will even be great, he stated.

Team Namibia finished 19th overall on the medal standings at the All-Africa Games with a total of seven medals at the 2011 Maputo, Mozambique Games.

Team Namibia won one gold, one silver and five bronze medals and it was Namibia’s best performance at the All-Africa Games since their debut in Cairo 1991 when they won 13 medals.

In 1995 Namibia won eight medals but missed gold; in 1999 Namibia won three medals; in while in 2003 Namibia won seven medals without gold and in 2007 Namibia won three medals.

Chef de Mission Kambatuku is assisted by Penandino Kandjii who is the General Team Manager while Annatjie Geleni will act as Team Secretary assisted by Victoria Katukula.

Namibia Sport Commission (NSC) Acting Chief Administrator Harald Fuelle is in charge of Team Logistics with Irvine Ndjavera in charge of Finance.

Namibia National Olympics Committee’s Joan Smit is also part of Team Management.