WINDHOEK, 14 JUN – Namibia won the second edition of the Debmarine Namibia Pent Series in style after beating Zambia 54-43 on Wednesday.
By winning the international netball tournament hosted by Netball Namibia in Windhoek, they became the second nation to win the trophy after Zimbabwe, who won the maiden edition a year ago.
At this year’s championship, host Namibia had two teams that competed against Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Namibian A team, as the developmental team was called, replaced Uganda who withdrew from the competition.
The Namibian team started the final game very well as they displayed good ball control and fast passes that made them lead the game in the opening minutes, but Zambia capitalised on them after missing out on some of their interception play to end the first quarter 12-14 in favour of Zambia.
The second quarter saw the Namibian team waste more of their points with missed goal opportunities, but they remained level headed and ended that quarter 26-26.
Namibia finally took the lead in the third quarter of the game, displaying dominance at defence. Their star player Anna Kasper capitalised on each of their opportunities to end the quarter 41-37 in their favour.
In the last quarter of the match, the Namibian team was on cruise control, intercepting most of the Zambian attacks and finishing the match with an 11-point lead.
Namibia also walked away with the competition’s top goal scorer award, with Kasper winning the trophy which came with a N.dollars 2000 reward.
Namibia’s coach, Manuel Tjivera told Nampa after the match winning the competition was not easy, but he was proud of his team’s performance.
“This tournament showed us were we are at the moment compared to other netball nations in our region. We are now going to prepare ourselves well for the upcoming African championships which will be used as World Cup qualifiers,” he said.