Namibian beach volleyball team finishes sixth at AG

Namibia's women beach volleyball team finished sixth out of 19 countries that competed in the event at the 12th edition of the African Games (AG).

The AG which is celebrating its 54th anniversary this year is currently underway in Rabat, Morocco and Team Namibia will be competing in 11 sport codes out of the 29 that are at the championships.

Kim Seebach and Kristin Schulz are the two athletes who represented Namibia in the beach volleyball event. The team is coached by James Verrinder.

To finish sixth at the AG the Namibian girls beat Sudan 2-0 as well as collect points from Sierra Leone who forfeited their group match. Namibia finished as runner-up in Group A behind host Morocco who beat them in their group match.

After progressing to the quarterfinals of the competition team Namibia met Mauritius pair of Liza Bonne and Orian Maita Cousin who beat them 1-2 in a tightly contested match. With the defeat the Namibian girls were relegated to the top eight play-offs where they met Rwanda.

The match against Rwanda saw a more composed Seebach and Schulz who swiped pass their opponents with a 2-0 win to book a rematch with host Morocco who were also beaten in the quarterfinals by Mozambique but they beat Nigeria to book a rematch with Namibia once more.

The Namibian girls once more found the going tough just like in the group stages where they lost to the same team. Morocco who played to the strength of their cheering supporters beat the Namibian team 0-2 to finish fifth at the competition while Namibia occupied sixth spot.

Speaking to Nampa after the match, Freddy Mwiya, Chief Administrator at the Namibia Sport Commission said he was happy with the team's performance at the AG.

Finishing sixth is a really good position for this young team. I am happy with the way we performed at this championship, it shows that despite limited resources for this team to prepare they still worked hard for their country, he said.

The Chief Administrator added that for team Namibia to finish sixth they are at an advantage of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Next year there will be play-offs for the 2020 Olympic Games and our team put themselves in that group of the top eight African nations that will go for the play offs which is a really good thing, Mwiya said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency