Namibia: Strong Squad Selected for U21 Hockey Qualifier

The Namibia Hockey Union has announced a strong men’s squad to represent Namibia at the Africa Junior World Cup qualifier to take place in Accra, Ghana from 22 to 28 March.

The 18-man squad is very experienced with 10 of the players already having represented Namibia at senior level, while 15 are also members of the senior squad that is preparing for an Afcon tournament in Zimbabwe.

The squad is dominated by players from Saints with ten representatives in total, while four are from DTS, three from Windhoek Old Boys and one from Unam.

Johan Weyhe, the coach of the Namibian u21 side said he was very excited about the talent and dedication of the players.

“In all my years in hockey, this is the first time that I have seen such a talented, committed and hard-working group of players together. Of the 27 players in our training squad, 17 have already represented Namibia from u18 to senior level, so it just shows the depth that we have,” he said.

“We will face tough opponents like South Africa, Egypt, Ghana and Zimbabwe, but if we work very hard we don’t have to stand back for anyone,” he said, adding that Namibia had a good chance of qualifying for the u21 World Cup.

“The top two teams in Accra will qualify for the u21 World Cup in India later this year, and I believe we have a very good chance of qualifying if we work hard.”

“We’ve been training for three weeks now and besides daily sessions with fitness trainers, I’ve also held skills sessions three times per week. Now we want to organise training matches against stronger opposition, so we will invite some senior sides to play against us,” he said.

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