By John Tuerijama
STAND-IN national rugby team captain, Tjiuee Uanivi says his side will be better prepared when they face Kenya in the second round robin match of the Africa Cup Division 1A match on July 16.
Namibia beat Uganda’s Cranes 40-31 in the first match last weekend but Uanivi feels the team’s performance was not the best.
“Our performance against Uganda was not the best but we proved that we could get the win although we were not at our best,” said Uanivi.
He was however confident that things will improve in the next match against Kenya which will be played at the Hage Geingob stadium in Olympia, Windhoek.
After one match in the 2016 Africa Cup Division 1A, Namibia tops the standings with five points while Uganda are second with one point. Kenya and Zimbabwe, the two other teams in the A1 division, are yet to play their respective first matches.
The tournament is played in a round-robin format, and will finish on August 6. The top two teams from 2015, Namibia and Zimbabwe, will play two home matches each, while Kenya (who finished third in 2015) and Uganda (who were promoted from Division 1B) will host one match each.
The log leader after the round-robin matches will be crowned the Division 1A champions, while the team ranked last will be relegated to Division 1B for 2017.
Namibia started this year’s tournament as defending champions, an accolade that Uanivi said will give him and his teammates the extra motivation to ensure that the Cup stays in Namibia on August 6, the day on which the Welwitschias take on Zimbabwe in the final match of the tournament.
Uanivi was given the captain’s armband for the match against Uganda following the absence of skipper Ronald Bothma due to club commitments.
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