Namibia’s masters’ hockey team of players 50 years and over are gunning for a respectable finish at the upcoming Masters’ World Cup, set for Cape Town, South Africa, from 1 to 11 October.
Namibia will be joining over 80 countries at the coming tournament as they make their debut at the global veterans’ hockey showpiece.
Silke Pennefather, who is Namibia’s team manager, said despite this being their first attempt at the World Cup, they hope to leave a mark at the competition.
Pennefather said the team is in good form and has prepared well for the event, adding that the players in the current squad have been playing together for many years.
“This will be our first time at the tournament, and we are happy to be part of such a huge competition. The team consists of players who are aged between 50 and 61, and most of them have been playing together for so many years. We are confident that we will leave a mark at the tournament, as the team has been preparing for almost six months now. We held various training camps here at home and in South Africa, so we are ready to do our best,” she said.
They will kick off their campaign with a clash against host nation South Africa before moving on to face Spain and Netherlands for their second and third group clashes.
They will then round it off with ties against Argentina and Canada.