By John Tuerijama
THE Namibia national rugby coach, Phil Davies has called on the local rugby fans to fill the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium, when the Welwitschias lock horns against Zimbabwe, in an Africa Cup Division 1A clash early next month.
Namibia mauled its Kenyan visitors by 56-21 last Saturday, the second victory in the Africa Cup Division 1A competition. In the first round robin match of the competitions, Namibia defeated Uganda by 40-31 in Kampala.
Davies has expressed satisfaction with the Namibian support during the match against Kenya.
“We really hope that we can get a big crowd of around 8 000 or 9 000 people for the Zimbabwe game, as it will be an opportunity to again put in a big performance for our country,” he said.
“I know the players will really love a big crowd to see them displaying their skills,” he added.
Davies said it was a very good performance by his charges as they achieved a level of test match intensity that they have not reached prior to Saturday’s game. “And that alone made me very happy.”
Davies said the approach against Kenya was similar to the encounter against Uganda but he knew that they had to exert a greater level of control when in possession of the ball, something which his players did extremely well.
“I am very happy with the boys as they worked hard in training during the build-up and in the game itself and of course the deserved the victory,” said Davies.
Asked if there will be changes against the Zimbabwean opponent, he said the squad will stay mainly the same for the match.
He could however also not say for certain if skipper Ronaldo Bothma will feature against Zimbabwe but is optimistic that the skipper will be available for the match.
He, however, said the technical team is not too disappointed with the absence of Bothma as they have been able to field some younger players, a move which has increased the depth in the squad.
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