Volleyball battling to select team for Region 5

• BY MICHAEL UUGWANGA

WITH a few days left before the African Union Sport Council (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games take centre stage in Lesotho, the Namibia Volleyball Federation (NVF) is facing an uphill battle to select a final team.

The Region 5 Youth Games will be held in Maseru from December 3 to 12 after the event failed to take place last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Volleyball is among the seven sport codes that will be played at the event alongside athletics (able-bodied and disabilities), football (U-17 girls), swimming, boxing, tennis and basketball, which make up 124 athletes in total for Team Namibia.

Speaking to Confidente Sport this week, NVF technical director, Joseph Amakali said that training of the team had started yesterday, however the federation is still struggling to assemble a team due to ongoing examinations for schoolgoing learners that are expected to make up the team.

Amakali also said prospects were not looking good for the volleyball team due to insufficient practice.

“The team was selected based on the Namibian Volleyball Federation (NVF) National Team Selection Policy and they were selected during the 2020 MTC National Youth games held at Reitfontein in Otjozondjupa region in December

“The target set is to be among the top three, but lack of training makes this impossible. We will be relying on a miracle.

“We currently have a three-day training camp before we depart for Maseru on 29 November. The preparation is very poor in terms of logistics. At the moment some players are facing their grade 12 examinations of which some have already pulled out of the team. It is likely that some players will still pull out at the last minute.

“It is our hope that there will be no positive Covid-19 cases, since the Covid-19 test on the players will only be done on 28 November 2021 while players will depart on 29 November 2021. This means that if one or more players test positive, there will be no time to replace such players,” he said.

Amakali also said that they are still waiting for playing gear despite making a request at the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC).

Below is the list of players:

Erikka Angula (//Kharas), Ashley Kazumba (Kavango-East), Esvigo Shekupakela (Kavango-East), Petite Kavenambutako (Kavango-East), Albertina Shilelo (Khomas), Letty Taapopi (Khomas), Liami Shishiveni (Khomas), Lameesha Harris (Ohangwena), Ebba Kamwaama (Omusati), Josephina Imanase (Oshana) and Emily Kaulinge (Omusati)