17 December 2012

Namibia: FASU Games Get Underway

THE sixth Federation of Africa Sports Universities (FASU) 2012 Games got underway on Saturday at the University of Namibia in Windhoek.

Table tennis kicked off off the proceedings at the Unam Main Hall and in the women's section, Egypt went to the top of the log with 12 points after four straight victories. They beat Algeria 3-1 and Namibia, Botswana and Ghana 3-0 each.

Algeria are second on 10 points followed by Ghana on seven and Botswana on three points. Namibia are bottom of the log with no points after losing all four their opening matches.

Egypt is also dominating the men's table tennis competition with 15 points after beating Algeria, Namibia, Ghana, Zambia and Botswana, 3-0 each. Algeria are second followed by Ghana and Botswana, while Namibia are fifth on three points after they beat Zambia 3-0.

In the women's basketball competition at the UNAM gymnasium, Namibia beat Botswana 80-43, while in the men's section Zambia were too good for the hosts, beating Namibia 92-67. Namibia's next match is against Egypt tomorrow morning, while in the women's competition, Namibia play Mozambique at 09h00 this morning.

In the men's volleyball competition, Algeria and Botswana faced off in the first game yesterday morning and it was the Algerians who won the match 3-0. Namibia were due to play Botswana last night while their next game will be against Algeria tomorrow morning at 11h00.

In the women's competition, Namibia played against Botswana last night.

The official opening ceremony of the Games will be held at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 13h30 today with the new minister of youth, national service, sport and culture, Jerry Ekandjo, due to give the keynote address.

This will be followed by the first soccer match between Namibia against either Algeria or Botswana. The organisers will toss this morning to see who plays Namibia following the withdrawal of the football team of Uganda who were scheduled to play Namibia.

Karate will take centre stage at the Unam Khomasdal Campus tomorrow and conclude on Wednesday, while athletics will take place at the Independence Stadium tomorrow and Wednesday, with chess taking place at the Fürstenhof Hotel.

In netball, only Botswana turned up and they will now most probably play Namibia in a friendly match. Tennis action starts today at the SKW courts, with Namibia's Jean Erasmus and Henco Serdyn in action in quarterfinal matches against Bouchareb Yasser of Algeria and and Yasri Hichem of Algeria respectively. In the women's competition, Namibia's Imke Jagau will play Halima Marwa of Algeria, while Riekie Honiball of Namibia will play Madisa Tumisang of Botswana.

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