Cricketers ready for Kwibuka

By Michael Uugwanga

THE country’s women senior cricket captain Irene van Zyl has said that her camp is excited and looking forward to the Kwibuka tournament slated for June 6 to 10 in Kigali, Rwanda after nearly 10 months of no sporting action for women cricket locally.

Namibia will be competing for glory against four other African countries in the tournament; Uganda, Botswana, Nigeria and host Rwanda.

The tournament will serve as good preparation for Namibia ahead of the African qualifiers later this year in Botswana and in another two events, in Uganda and the Commonwealth Games qualifiers in January 2022.

“Being captain of the team is always something special and a privilege, especially if you have a talented group of players as we have, so it is a privilege to lead the players in Kwibuka tournament. 

“Being back on the international stage after a long lay-off due to Covid-19 we are all excited. We are all ready to get out there. I personally think our team chances are quite good. We do not want to be over confident because that can also be detrimental to a team , but I think if we take it game by game and if we approach every game in a positive manner I think we do have a good chance at the tournament ,” said van Zyl.

The Namibian team has been hard at work under the guidance of coach Francois van der Merwe.

Van Zyl added: “The mood inside the camp is upbeat and everyone is just ready to go as it has been quite a long wait for everyone to get some exposure again on the international stage. We really can’t wait to get on the plan.

“I think everyone has responded well in me being the captain of the team and I do not feel me being captain is such a big change. We aim to approach the tournament in a positive manner by doing our basic right of putting everything in place that you have trained for and I think at the end of the day that’s what we want to come out top”.