WINDHOEK, 09 JUN – Lydia Mutenda, Netball Namibia (NN) president has called on the nation to flock to the Israel Patrick Iyambo Police College in Olympia and support the Debmarine Namibia Pent Series currently underway there.
The NN president made these remarks on Saturday during the opening ceremony of the second edition of the Debmarine Namibia Pent Series taking place in Windhoek from Saturday until Wednesday.
Namibia, Namibia A, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana are battling it out for international ranking points.
Mutenda said this competition will give the Namibian senior netball team an opportunity to improve their ranking and that sport lovers should pack the stadium and cheer on the team.
“This event has helped us to build lasting relationships with the SADC community and I believe through this initiative many doors will be opened for netball Namibia,” she said.
She also called on the teams to have the attitude of sportsmanship while competing against each other.
“I want the Namibian team to give it their best while representing the nation while at the same time having fun and remember that all teams here are fighting to improve their ranking at this tournament; if you play well and entertain the fans I believe more supporters will come to see these games,” said Mutenda.
Namibia is now ranked 36th out of the 41 countries ranked by the International Netball Federation and will face Zambia and Zimbabwe in the competition after winning their opening match 50-33 against Botswana on Saturday.They will face Zimbabwe on Sunday at 17h00, while Zambia will take on Botswana at 15h00.
Namibia A meanwhile, lost 57-39 to Zambia in their opening match also played on Saturday.