By Staff Reporter
Walter Don, former assistant coach of Namibia’s Welwitschia’s and coach of the Western Suburbs rugby team, spoke to the media this week and expressed his confidence and belief on in the 31-man team selected to play for Namibia at this year’s World Cup. Don said that this team have what it takes to steal international headlines and surprise us with a victory.
Despite being pooled with reigning world champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Canada, Don believes the Welwitschia’s stand an excellent chance of bagging their first win at the World Cup, which starts in Japan today.
He is convinced Namibia stands a decent chance of outmuscling Canada when they square off in their last group match on the 13th of October. Don urged the Namibian nation to believe in and to rally behind the team, conveying that Namibia’s first World Cup win may finally be on the horizon.
The Welwitschia’s face Italy on 21 September in their opening match, followed by a game against neighbouring South Africa on 28 September. They take on New Zealand on 6 October and play their final group match against Canada on 13 October.
“I think the selection of players was reasonably okay, and it’s always good to see young players being exposed to international rugby and to that particular environment. But, leaving some of our most experienced players, which is somehow the case this time around, will have a little impact on the team’s performance but that is something we will leave to the coach to think about. We can compete but the pool that we are in is extremely tough. To be realistic, we stand a good chance of beating Canada. It is very possible,” Don said.