Welwitschias vie for African rugby glory again

WINDHOEK: With only five weeks left to the International Rugby Board (IRB) Rugby World Cup Namibia could be crowned African Champions if they win their Africa Nations Cup game here.

Namibia will play its last game before the World Cup with Zimbabwe on Saturday at 15h00 at the Hage Geingob Stadium.

It is the 15th edition of the Africa Cup, an annual international rugby union tournament for African nations organised by Rugby Africa.

Namibia are defending champions and have won the cup four times.

Speaking at a media conference held here on Tuesday Namibia’s forward coach Henry Kemp said the team is determined to finish of their game ahead of the World Cup on a high note.

“The team is in good spirit and winning against Zimbabwe on Saturday will mean, we become African Champions and that will be a good boost for the team ahead of the World Cup,” said Kemp.

Speaking at the same occasion Namibia’s flanker Renaldo Bothma who plays for Natal Sharks in South Africa said Zimbabwe will be a tough opponent then Kenya but the team is currently looking forward to pulling out all stops.

“The team is well prepared to face Zimbabwe and coming this weekend when we step into the field to face Zimbabwe there will be nothing different from the previous game. We just want to do our best and become the best team that we can be a head of the World Cup,” stated Bothma.

Last week Saturday at the Hage Geingob Stadium Namibia beat Kenya 46-13 in an Africa Cup rugby.

Namibia will participate in the International Rugby Board (IRB) Rugby World Cup 2015 in England in September this year, and face Argentina, Georgia, Tonga and New Zealand.

But a 36-member squad will leave for a training camp to Durban next week after they play Zimbabwe to prepare for the World Cup.