The Namibian (Windhoek)

16 July 2008

Namibia: Volleyball Squads Announced

NAMIBIA Volleyball Federation (NVF) national team coaches have called up men's and women's teams after holding national trials in Windhoek last weekend.

The two national team coaches, Joel Matheus (men) and Dirkie Beukes (women), have called Namibia's top 18 players for a tournament before the end of the season.

Matheus told The Namibian Sport that the teams will compete in friendly matches against South Africa and Botswana in October.

The two teams will also prepare for the Zone Six National Championships next year, which will be held in South Africa.

In 2007, the Namibian men's team came sixth in the Zone Six National Championships, while the women's team came fifth overall at Walvis Bay.

Those games will according to Matheus only be confirmed at the Zone Six Club Championships, which also be in South Africa.

The following players have been selected for the national team training squads: Men: Rehabeam Hengari, Rector Mbeha, Joseph Amakali, Andreas Engombe, Gotthard Husselmann, Rehabeam Nandjala, Andreas Lukolo, Donald Doeseb, Pinehas Nahambo, Jacob Uukongo, Eddy Uyepa, Eliphas Nangolo, Reginald Wenzel, Mwita Sikopo, Willem Haimbodi, Ettiene Mouton, Heiko Diehl and Fillemon Amupadhi.

The women are: Marjata Ashiwa, Esme du Plessis, Sylvia Nampala, Tuyeimo Sheehama, Ruusa Alundhilu, Leigh Dunn, Helena Angula, Lea Angula, Rosemary Roethel, Simona von Wietersheim, Aleta Hamhola, Ndinelago Kasheeta, Albertina Alfeus, Mavis Tshiwalo, Martha Andreas, Monica Dan, Albertina Theophilus and Silka Schneider.

* Meanwhile, volleyball for the disabled will for the first time be introduced in Namibia next year.

Disabled Sport Namibia (DSN) Volleyball Director Rudi Bowe said at the weekend that Namibia was in the process of affiliating to the World Organisation for Disabled Volleyball.

Once everything is finalised, the new sport will be introduced in February 2009 in all the country's 13 regions.

Bowe said volleyball for the disabled is played on a small court, and with six players on a side.

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