Welwitschias shift focus to Zim, Kenya . . . Namibia face Zimbabwe Warriors in CHAN Qualifiers
By Timo Shihepo
WINDHOEK – Namibia`s senior rugby team captain, Rohan Kitshoff urged his team-mates to move on from their emphatic 95-0 win over Senegal and turn their focus on the upcoming matches against Zimbabwe and Kenya if they are to retain the Rugby Africa Gold trophy.
The Welwitschias put up an exhilarating performance against the weary West Africans in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup last Saturday, 8 July, at the Hage Geingob stadium in Windhoek.
It was a performance hardly difficult to find faults in, given the fact that the team played with 14 men for most of the match after Louis Van Der Westhuizen’s red card early in the first half.
The team was also missing several key players.
The score was 36-0 at halftime. Namibia added more tries in the second half, which resulted in 15 tries for the whole game with 10 conversations. Namibia now leads the log after two matches with 10 points, three ahead of Kenya who beat Tunisia 100-10 in Nairobi also on Saturday.
Namibia went into the game after beating Tunisia 53-7 in their opening match. Despite this, however, the home side`s captain, Kitshoff told The Southern Times that while the demolition of Senegal was quite pleasing he said they will not have much to celebrate as he will lead the team to change the focus on the upcoming matches.
Namibia is scheduled to play tricky matches against Zimbabwe and Kenya this weekend and next week respectively at home.
“We are going to take this win and enjoy tonight but that’s basically it. Tomorrow we need to turn our focus to Zimbabwe. It was a good win but we need to rectify some minor details heading into important matches against Zimbabwe and Kenya,” said Kitshoff who was also man of the match against Senegal after scoring four tries.
Other scorers were Lesley Klim who bagged a brace with Adriaan Booysen, Lous Van Der Westhuizen, Aj De Klerk, Justin Newman, JG Greyling, Thomasau Forbes, Johann Tromp, Theuns Kotze and Darryly De La Harpe also getting on target.
“Well I was the one on the end of the tries but it’s all the guys that did the hard work, I was lucky to dot the ball down the end but hats off to the guys. We played most of the match with ,’ players but that just shows how the guys work hard for each other.”
Kitshoff then said against Zimbabwe, they expect a very physical and tough game. Against Senegal, Namibia could have as well reached the ,””-point mark if it weren’t for the missing shooting boots of Eugene Jantjies. Jantjies started on behalf of Namibia’s leading points scorer, Theuns Kotze.
“Don’t worry buddy. I will start next week,” Kotze told The Southern Times, it appears he is being saved for the upcoming tough matches.
Senegal`s captain Steeve Sargos said they will go back to drawing board and learn from the defeat.
“This defeat will go on to help our younger players because Namibia is already at the top level and it was nice competing against them. We hope that this experience would rub off to our younger players and improve on what we have done.”
It’s a Namibia, Zimbabwe affair this weekend Fans in Windhoek would not just be treated to a rugby match by the two countries but the southern Africans will also lock horns on the football pitch at the Sam Nujoma stadium in
Windhoek for the )”,% CHAN Qualifiers. While the Welwitschias are huge favourites against Zimbabwe in the Rugby Africa Gold cup match, the
Zimbabwean football team, fresh from winning the Cosafa cup last week in South Africa, are massive favourite to progress to the third round.
The return leg is scheduled for Harare on the )&rd of July. All the drama will be unfolding from the capital city of Namibia this weekend.