Coastal teams ready to shoot hoops
Netball Premier League launched
29 July 2020 | Sports
Kangu Musambani; Coach; “I have a young squad of players and will be very happy if we finish in the top five of the log standings.”
The MTC Namibian Netball Premier League was recently launched, with coastal contenders Eleven Arrows and Navy looking forward to comparing competitive skills with other top teams from all over the country.
The league with MTC as main sponsor over the next three years, will be contested by 12 teams and will be played from March to September 2021.
Navy sports officer Charles Muuka welcomed the initiative by Netball Namibia. Navy, defending champions of the Erongo Netball League, has been in fine form and has won league on numerous occasions.
“This is good news for local netball players and fans alike. We are looking forward to taking our beloved sport to the next level and commend involved parties for coming up with this competition. The new structure will uplift the standard of the sport overall, motivate players and teams. However, we should not neglect our regional competition and use this platform to put youth development teams in place,” he said.
With games to played on a home and away basis, netball fans at the coast are in for a treat.
Muuka said that Navy has a pool of 16 seasoned players, adding that in a bid to keep players fit since the onset of Covid-19, an individual training programme was introduced.
“Former national player Anna Kasper is assisting with practice sessions on the beach and at the base. We are also feeling the impact of the pandemic, with our players being involved in patrols and manning roadblocks. The last games we played were before lockdown. Still, we are well trained and military personnel are drilled to adapt to any environment. It will take a month for us to get our competitive level of playing back.”
Muuka added that players from the ministry of the defence are no strangers to the Namibian team.
“For the past four years we have been well represented with six players in the national squad. We reinforced our Navy team with four players from the ministry. One joins us from 21 Brigade in Windhoek. The other three were recruited from the Okahandja military school.”
Eleven Arrows’ head coach Kangu Musambani said that although it will be difficult for his team that were runners up in the Erongo Netball League, to match the teams from Windhoek due to a strong presence of and the advantage of possessing more national team players, his team will make sure that they compete and finish as high on the log standings as possible.
“We want to compete. We won’t be there to only make up numbers. I have a young squad of players and will be very happy if we finish in the top five.”
Musambani expressed his concern about his players’ match fitness in the run up to the league.
“At the moment we are not training as a team. The players have not been playing or doing any ball work due to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. They only do running, sit ups and are training individually. It is every player for herself.”
The two coastal teams, together with Blue Waters Netball Club, have dominated the Erongo Netball League for the past years.