U/21 netball team prepares for qualifiers

On the up... Following years of self-imposed exile from international competition, Namibian netball is on the rise as the country seeks to reclaim her rightful place amongst the world’s best netball playing nations.


Wanderers’ lethal sharpshooter, Jessica Moolman, is to lead a strong 18-member Namibian Under-21 netball squad for the country’s participation in the forthcoming Africa World Cup Qualifiers to be hosted by Botswana in July.

Netball Namibia held national trials in Windhoek last weekend, where the crème de la crème of Namibian young netballers fought it out for final places in the national youth team. The travelling entourage will be accompanied by head coach Julien Meyer and Mansie Tjivera as her deputy, with Imelda Nerongo as team manager.

Perennial underachievers, Namibia will be expected to do well this time around at the youth qualifiers, with a significant chunk of the playing personnel boasting extensive experience by featuring for some of the country’s leading netball clubs.

Other notable names include Ronel Benson, Minerva Calvar-Collazo and Tilie Karnatu (Erongo) Tjimbakavaza Tjipetekera, Diana Tjejamba, Uahengisa Tjozongoro, Vezembaouua Mauano, Rieta Marie-Brandt, Juzein Garbers, Jehumba Hambira and Chante Cronje (all Khomas).

The rest of the squad are Atushe Shihepo (Karas) Monique Vermeulen, Eileen Britz (Otjozondjupa) Vickey Uarije (Kunene) Vemutonaa Marenga and Erestine Tjihuno (both Omaheke).




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