Namibia face Dragons in final

Namibia Senior Men and Okonjima Dragons pass their semi-final tests to meet in the Africa Cup final.

03 June 2019 | Sports

Fred Mwiya; NSC chief administrator; “It is the greatest accolade that an athlete can receive.”

Swakopmund • Adolf Kaure

Namibia’s Senior Men’s side reached the final of the 2019 Inline Hockey Africa Cup, going head to head against defending champions Okonjima Dragons at the coast on Saturday evening.

Namibia Senior Men defeated Hockeyshop Forster 6-2 in the semi-final of the tournament to reach their third consecutive final. In the quarter final, Namibia Senior Men saw off Rhinos 5-1.

The Namibia Sports Commission’s (NSC) chief administrator Fred Mwiya told all the players representing Namibia to do so with pride, when he handed over the Namibian colours to them at the opening ceremony.

“Team Namibia, you are receiving one of the greatest recognitions in this country. For you to receive national colours, is an award and an accolade that is given only to athletes that have performed beyond reasonable doubt; athletes that have shown great commitment to their sport and athletes who will represent their country with pride. It is the greatest accolade that an athlete can receive,” Mwiya said.

Road to success

Okonjima Dragons reached the final of the 2019 Africa Cup when they beat Namibia Junior Men in the second semi-final. In their quarter final match, Okonjima Dragons hammered Taleni Africa Daredevils 15-2. The U/14 division’s final will be contested between FNB and Weimann’s Carpentry.

FNB defeated TV2 Namibia 6–2 while Weimann’s Carpentry saw off Ground Rush Adventures by 2–1 to reach the final in a division which saw a lot of promise and hope for upcoming inline hockey players.

The event saw a first ever “All Star” game between Team Africa and Team Work. The game was tied at -5-5 after normal time, however after penalties, Team World emerged victorious by 6-5.

Team Africa consisted of the best players from Africa and will mostly consist of Namibian and South African national players while Team World was made up of international players from around the globe.

The third edition of the Inline Hockey Africa Cup saw some of the world’s most prominent inline hockey players in action at the Dome in Swakopmund from 28 May to 1 June. Players from Germany, Canada, Brazil, India, Spain, France, Australia, South Africa, Taiwan and Namibia played in a pro and U/14 division at the tournament.

Final results were only known after our print deadline.

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