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Namibian Cricket Slowly Reawakening

Namibia has been in a period of exciting transition following many positive announcements being made by Cricket Namibia. One of the changes made was the appointment of Francois van der Merwe as the new women’s coach, replacing Leonard Nhamburo as women’s team trainer. Nhamburo recent spoke about his experience within the Namibian setup. 

The coach reflected, to The Southern Times Sport, that he felt ‘it was quite an experience, why? Because being a foreign coach, coaching a team that is not your home nation … So it was a big challenge but I managed to push through as you’ve seen from the results of the qualifiers. Before I came in, Namibia had not managed to perform well in the qualifiers. When I joined them, they performed beyond expectations and that was the best performance for their women’s team ever …They managed to beat Kenya and Uganda for the first time. 

Prior to the start of the tournament, Uganda was regarded as one of the favourites … and to beat such a team that was ranked above them, it was quite an achievement. It is something I will cherish … To achieve such a feat as a coach was a proud moment for me and I was happy that I was able to showcase what I have to offer. This was my first time to coach a team outside of Zimbabwe’. 

Nhamburo believes that Namibia are going ‘in the right direction as a cricketing nation. If you look at how they have been investing in their cricket over the years, it’s clear that it is now been paying off, they are winning matches’ and this is hard to disagree with. Not only has the country’s governing body released progressive projects aimed at growing the game and updated their domestic set up, the opportunities that the Namibian team to show their talent on the world’s biggest stages are increasing. 2021 will see the Namibian men’s team compete at the T20 World Cup in India which promises to be an exciting competition and Namibia will not be an easy team to beat with the team possessing a number of world class talents.

Most of the Namibia men’s squad are in action as cricket return to Windhoek in the form as a sixes event hosted at CCD, although it will be missing key club Wanderers, as reported by The Namibian. A schools tournament will also be held over this weekend.

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