UNAM proud of World Cup-bound players

The University of Namibia (Unam) Rugby Club has expressed happiness that seven of its players were included in the 31 man Namibia Senior Rugby Team Squad that is going to Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Speaking at mini-send off for the players, Dean of Students Magriet Mainga paid tribute to the players and technical team of Unam saying hard work is finally paying off.

We are proud of the seven players who will represent Namibia first, secondly, the University of Namibia's 12 campuses and thirdly themselves and their families. Know that whatever you do, you have a lot of dreams and aspirations, this is just the start. Your success lies in the discipline installed by the coaches at this institution, she said.

She added that the players must always focus on the teachings of the coaches so as to continue reaching for their dreams.

Mainga further called on the players to manoeuvre around the many obstacles that they will face in Japan in their quest for success.

Meanwhile Johan Diergaardt, the head coach of Unam expressed his happiness on the fact that players from his team were selected to play at the world cup.

I am as equally happy and sad at the same time because two of the players are missing out on the world cup due to injury. I would like to thank the University for giving our youth an opportunity to display their talents, he said.

Diergaardt added that the investment Unam is now paying off as evidenced by the seven players who were selected.

This could be an example to other similar institutions who would want to produce sporting heroes for our country. In 2023, we would like to have more players in the team, he explained.

He said the experienced gained by the players in Japan will also come in handy as the players will come and plough back in the youth, adding value to his squad.

This is the first time that the Unam will have players in the rugby national team.

Source: Namibia Press Agency