21 February 2013

Namibia: Vetjevera - a Woman of Substance and Great Talent

Windhoek — As long as the energetic and bouncy Glenneth 'Vetjevera' Kazonganga is around, the future of netball in Katutura township is secured.

The Grootfontein-born and athletically and multi-talented netballer is not only a bookworm during her leisure time, but an uncompromising competitor when it comes down to the crunch in the ladies' game.

Devoting most of her precious time to the game that has taken her across the borders of Namibia when she could have enjoyed the attentions of suitors like any other young gorgeous women of her age, Glenneth is a woman of substance and her motto is based on serving the community by advocating discipline and good behaviour on and off the court through the game of netball.

Glenneth has taken it upon herself to look after the almost forgotten game of netball in previously disadvantaged communities. She continues to be a pillar of strength in the exciting African Stars netball team but almost ended up in the scrap yard after being overlooked by unscrupulous national selectors on numerous occasions.

The multi-talented young lady started her illustrious sporting career as a sprinter in both the 100-metre and 200-metre sprints and always finished in the top-three bracket in the popular Inter School athletics meetings, while she also excelled in volleyball. However, netball was always going to be her preferred pastime.

She started playing serious netball with the senior team of the Immanuel Shifidi High School, filling in the position of goal defender (GD) with much aplomb. She joined Tigers netball club in 2000 and gained much-needed experience playing alongside old time campaigners such as the Akwaake siblings Annatjie and Poiko, as well as the evergreen Demu Hipondoka.

National selectors took note and young Glenneth was called up for the National Under-17 and Under-21 trials, but unfortunately never managed to break through into the final squad. Glenneth was a valuable member of the all-conquering African Stars outfit that won the league title in the highly competitive Khomas Netball League in 2009 without losing a single match.

There is an old saying that good things come to those who wait and Glenneth is testimony to this age-old adage. She was eventually selected to represent the newly revamped national senior netball team during Namibia's successful tour to Singapore last year. Namibia finished 3rd overall in the FairPrice Foundation Singapore Six Nation tourney, but left a long lasting impression. In fact, three of her playing personnel received tempting offers to ply their trade in the tough and demanding topflight league in Singapore.

Although she was sparingly used as an impact player during the Asian tour, Glenneth has certainly done enough on the court and is among the three ladies who received invitations. The others are Eva Mwaala and Vianda Kamberipa.

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