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Namibian Netball Team Won 2019 M1 Nations Cup

Namibia netball players celebrate after wining the M1 Nations Cup title in Singapore on 26 Oct 2019.

SINGAPORE - Namibia's senior women netball team, the Desert Jewels, won the 2019 M1 Nations Cup on Saturday 26 October at the OCBC Arena. Singapore missed out on the M1 Nations Cup title after they lost 49-42 to Namibia in the 2019 M1 Nations Cup final.

Namibia, ranked 33rd in the world, piled the pressure on world No. 28 Singapore and, ending the first period 11-10 up, although they bounced back in the second quarter to go into half-time with a 25-20 lead. But Namibian players drew the level at 33-33 in the crucial third quarter, thanks to their tight defence and the efforts of their unstoppable 1.93m goal shooter Jaumbuaije Zauana, before pulling away in the final period for the kill.

Namibia's first encounter with Singapore was on 20 October where the game ended in a 54-54 draw. The last time Singapore made it to the Nations Cup final was five years ago, where they lost 50-41 to Samoa. Meanwhile, Ireland bagged their first win of the tournament, beating Papua New Guinea 47-37 to finish fifth, while Cook Islands came in third after overcoming Botswana 49-46.

It is Namibia's maiden title in the competition after making its return in the cup since 2013, the last time they competed. Namibian coach Julene Meyer said she dedicated the cup to the players and the entire Namibian nation. "The players deserve the cup as they showed that it is their time to win something big like this. I can also say that the Namibian nation deserves the cup as they have been so supportive. The Namibian media also need to be thanked for their continued support towards the team. Thank you to my players and thank you Namibia," said Meyer.

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