Namibian Hockey still confident despite setbacks

Namibian Hockey still confident despite setbacks

The Namibian Hockey Union missed qualification for the Olympic Games - despite competitive appearances in the recent past. They are still confident however that the future will hold great achievements for them.
The women's senior team recently qualified to play in Spain for the next round of qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.
In Valencia, they played well as the lowest ranked team of the tournament, but ultimately lost their final match 2-1 against Thailand.
Before this tournament, they had preparation matches, where Namibia played competitively.
At the time, they won against Zambia by 3-0, but lost against a more advanced South African side by 3-0.
"South Africa is top 15th in the World and South Africa itself has 400 artificial turf. They have been playing on artificial turf over the last twenty years. We are catching up. We are quite competitive in those test series" Nel said.
Namibia did not play on artificial turf until 2015, but despite that the women's team is currently ranked 40th in the world, and there have been steady improvements throughout the years.
Before their defeat in Spain, the Namibian Hockey teams had another shot at the African Cup of Nations qualifiers to gain a ticket to the 2020 Olympic Games.
The men and women's teams played at the AFCON in South Africa in
August this year, but could not gain qualification for Tokyo 2020.
"Our men's team has improved tremendously. They gave South Africa run for their money. We lost 3:1. Our score against Ghana and Egyptian was much closer than in the past and our team drew against Zimbabwe and also lost against Kenia. Our women's team performance was a little bit disappointing. That was something that will happened, but we are going forward" he concluded.
Next year the Namibian Hockey women and men will participate at the indoor Africa Cup, whereas the under 21's are playing at the junior Africa Cup and the senior teams in outdoor hockey will participate in an AFCON Qualifier.