Ready for All Africa Games despite limited funds

WINDHOEK: The Namibian athletics team is ready for the 50th All Africa Games (AAG) to be hosted in Congo, Brazzaville from 04 to 19 September 2015 despite not having enough funds to prepare.

A team of 14 athletes, five women and nine men, will represent Namibia in athletics at the AAG.

There are 22 sports codes at the All Africa Games. But Namibia will participate in nine of them, which are athletics, boxing, karate, swimming, tennis, table tennis, gymnastics, cycling and sports for the disabled.

The 2015 AAG will mark its return to Brazzaville, which hosted the first edition in 1965.

Speaking to Nampa on Monday, manager of the women athletics team for the AAG, Martha Emvula said the team has been training well and they are going to give their best when in Brazzaville.

“We did not get our preparation funds in time and when we got it. It was too little to do anything. For our preparation they gave us N.dollars 70 000 and that is funds that one can only use to buy water.

“What we are currently doing is not preparing, we are just training to keep fit for the games, because when you prepare one needs to participate at events where you can compete with other athletes as it will help you determine your week and strong points,” said Emvula.

Emvula added that people should not expect miracles in Brazzaville, since the athletes did not have enough resources to work with or use for preparation.

“We have this believe in Namibia of expecting athletes to perform miracles while in the first place they did not prepare well for the games. At the moment we are not promising any silverware at the AAG, but as a team we will give our best to keep the Namibian flag flying high,” she stated.

All athletes travelling to Congo, Brazzaville are training at the Independence stadium in Windhoek.

The team travelling to the AAG in Congo is as follows:

Female: Tjipekapora Herunga, Globine Mayova, Lilanne Klaasman, Anna Amutoko and Beata Naigambo.

Male: Hitjivirue Kaanjuka, Jesse Uri-Khob, Dantago Gurirab, Even Tjiviju, Rodger Haitenge, Strydom Van der Wath, Ernst Narib, Hardus Maritz and Leonard Nampala.

Team Namibia will depart on 27 August and return on 21 September 2015, while the athletics team will depart on 05 or 06 September.

Namibia won seven medals – one gold, one silver and five bronze – at the 2011 AAG held in Maputo, Mozambique.