Saturday 17 April 2021
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Namibia landslides Pent Series

For the first time, Namibia won the second edition of the Debmarine Namibia Netball Pent Series after muscling Zambia to a 54-43 win while starlet Anna Kasper walked away with the top goal scorer accolade.
It was an all hyped affair with just the right tempo for the Namibian girls over the weekend at the Patrick Iyambo Police College in the capital. In a thrilling match Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and a Namibian development team which was brought on the last hour when Uganda pulled out of the competition entertained supporters.
Zimbabwe, who won the inaugural competition, had to settle for second place after Namibia beat Zambia with a convincing goal margin. The last game of the day, which decided the Series winner saw the Namibian girls put up a brave game against a resilient Zambian side.
The first quarter saw Zambia taking a 14-12 lead at the expense of a few wasted chances by the Namibian girls.
The Namibian girls finally regained their composure to equalize by halftime with a 26 each score.
After halftime, Namibia having earned the local crowd and cheers from a Zimbabwe side in the pavilion took the fight to Zambia to claw away with a six goal difference (41-37). It was Namibia’s game to loose in the last quarter with Anna Kasper and bulky Dorkas Tjipetekera scooping in ball by ball with precision.
The last quarter was a fine showpiece with Kasper displaying her court dominance as goal attacker but also netting in all her throws. The coastal star was almost everywhere frustrating the Zambian defense with her slippery body moves and clear-cut shoots. Right from behind, Namibia penetrated the Zambian side and gave them no chance to crawl back into the game.
A final score of 54-43 secured the Namibian side a smooth win of the competition. The win is aimed at improving Namibia ranking in Africa of which the country holds the 8th position.
“I’m so shocked and surprised to receive this award. It means a lot for me but it would not have been possible without my team.
We fought very hard to get this victory and it was because of the team effort that I could do this,” said an exultant Kasper after the game.
Zimbabwe came in second place, Zambia in third followed by Botswana and the Namibia development team who also stepped up to the occasion.
The team will be headed to Zambia for the Africa World Cup qualifiers in August where they will face the Africa’s netball greats for a place in the World Cup in London next year.
“This win is a good improvement and we will take it from here to select a team for Zambia. The girls were great, they held on to the game plan and that is how we got the win.
Come Zambia, we will be going to compete,” said Namibian coach Manuel Tjivera.

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