NAMIBIA Under-20 netball team coach Nambahu Stage is confident his team has attained enough training to scoop a gold medal at the fifth edition of the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Games that start tomorrow in Lusaka.
Stage said in an interview that the players had fully prepared for the Games and that he was confident the team would come out first in the field of netball.
He said the team had gone through intensive training and had an opportunity to camp in South Africa to make sure the players got enough preparations for the Youth Games.
He said the team was in South Africa for eight days and that the players were tutored by high profiled coaches, adding that he was optimistic his netballers would not be just mere participants in the Games, but that their aim was to win a gold medal.
"The team is fully prepared for the Games; the players had a privilege to camp in South Africa for eight days and were tutored by high profile coaches, this gives us confidence that we are going to reap a gold medal," Stage said.
The Namibian mentor said the coaching staff was working hard to see the players put up a good performance adding, however, that they would not underrate any opponent in the tournament, as all the teams were equally well-equipped for the challenge.
He said he was looking forward to a tough game when his team faces Zambia in their opening encounter, saying Zambia was a strong contender considering that the senior team minted a bronze medal at the Al-Africa Games in Maputo last year.
And team captain Sharon Karises said as a team, they were ready for the battle and was eager to scoop the first prize, saying it was the second time Namibia was taking part in the Zonal games, with its first experience being in Swaziland in 2010.
"We are very excited to be here. We are a good team; we are here to win medals and we have acquired enough training to enable us be among the top three teams, we are not just mere participants we are here to win medals," Karises said.
Meanwhile, Botswana Under 20-tennis manager, Boikobo Gaolebalwe said this year's Zone Six edition would be his team's inaugural participation at the Youth Games, adding that his players would rise to the occasion.
Gaolebalwe said the players had also prepared adequately for the tournament and that they were still a young side that would fight all the way up to the end.
"This is an inaugural Zone Six participation from the previous international tournaments; these are still young players they will fight to the end of the Games. Our expectation will be able to rise to the occasion and we will definitely try our level best to win medals in the competition," Gaolebalwe said.