Senior men indoor hockey to resume  training  in  September 

FOLLOWING its triumph as Africa Indoor Hockey Champions last month, the men senior indoor hockey team will resume its training in September as part of its preparations for next year’s International Hockey Federation (FIH) Indoor World Cup in Poreč, Croatia, from 3 February to 9 February 2025.

Namibia’s men’s senior side defeated neighbours South Africa in the tournament’s final hosted in Swakopmund last month, which also saw Namibia ranked as the top indoor men-playing nation on the continent. Over the past few years, the men’s senior hockey team has been struggling to compete against the likes of South Africa and other African countries for the African crown before last month’s competition.

Speaking to Confidente, the team’s head coach of the team Trevor Cormack, said that the players have been given some time off until the end of August.

Cornack has followed in the footsteps of another Namibian coach who won the African title after former ladies’ senior indoor hockey coach Erwin Handura, who won a couple of titles.

“We are over the moon with achieving the number one (1) indoor team for the Africa title. It didn’t happen overnight, and we have been working for eight (8) years to achieve our objectives, of which Africa ranked one (1) was one of them. The team will take a small break and will resume training around September, which will give us a five (5)-month preparation period before the World Cup 2025,” said Cornack.

The team has previously been at two world cups, in 2011in Poland and last year in South Africa.

In Poland, the team ended in 12th place, while in South Africa, the team’s performance was better, finishing in eighth place, although Namibia failed to qualify for the global showpiece. However, FIH gave it a free spot following the withdrawal of some countries due to their congested calendar. At the World Cup, the team will need to improve on its previous performances, but with their recent win in the Africa Cup, the team will go into the World Cup full of confidence.

“To do well at World Cup the team needs to be consistent in results and be clinical in execution. That is why preparation will be critical The High Performance squad will be recalled and  the team could change once all players have been re-evaluated at Training Camps  and  other tournaments in the pipeline leading up to the World Cup next year. We hope to finalise the final World Cup team around November,” said Cornack.