Namibia win Rugby Africa Gold Cup to secure World Cup berth

Namibia win Rugby Africa Gold Cup to secure World Cup berth

Veronica Gwaze in LUSAKA, ZambiaTHE Zimbabwe netball team took a giant leap towards a maiden World Cup appearance after a comprehensive 64-41 victory over Namibia at the ongoing African Championships/World Cup qualifiers here yesterday.

"We have good speed in our team as well, and it's not about watching specific players, it's all about Namibia playing as a strong collective unit and matching up to a very talented Kenyan side", he told Xinhua. "It is the biggest test so far this season, which we must face to prove our mettle". He is a tough competitor and we know he will be up for the physical battle. Congratulations Namibia and I have no doubt they will make us proud at the RWC in Japan. We will see how to exploit their weaknesses.

Namibia went onto the offensive from the start on Saturday, forcing the visitors to concede an early penalty try.

But despite knowing the pedigree of the team they face on Saturday, the Simbas are not scared.

Journalists interested in participating in this online press conference will be able to ASK QUESTIONS LIVE VIA THE INTERNET to Kenya captain Davis Chenge, Kenya Team Manager Wangila Simiyu, and Namibia Rugby Union CEO Mervin Green. In past years, they have booked their tournament ticket at the first round of qualifying.

The victor of the match will be guaranteed a place in Japan while the losing team will have to try again through the repechage in France and the showdown in Windhoek pits two teams who have not lost a match in the qualifiers in a game where one of them will have to fall.

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Kenya will get the chance to join them in Pool B when they contest the four-team global repechage in Marseille in November.

"I have a lot of trust in these boys and I am confident they will deliver positive results", said Snook after last weekend's emphatic 67-0 win over Tunisia.

Germany lost a two-match play off to Samoa, Canada lost to Uruguay in a two-match play-off as well while Hong Kong mauled Cook Islands 77-3.

"Our plan throughout has been to qualify directly to Japan and the target remains the same as we travel to Windhoek".

"We need to make sure it's a win, and nothing else, so that out of the five games we have four straight wins".

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