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We are not intimidated by the Germans- Maggie Mengo

by Kelvin Chiringa

National women’s indoors hockey team captain, Maggie Mengo has said the Namibian team will not be intimidated by the Germans who are the proud World Cup hosting team and is in pool B with Namibia.

 Namibia will also be battling it out against Czech Republic, Australia, Ukraine and Russia, all in pool B.

Mengo was commenting a few hours before the team’s take off to Berlin for the games set to roll to life on the 7th of February following Germany’s romping victory this past week in the European Indoor Championship held in Prague, Czech Republic.

“They won in a penalty shoot-out. But I was expecting Holland and Germany to play in the finals but you see, after the round-robin games both countries lost the game to countries that I didn’t expect them lose to. But you never know. According to the coach, he said the games are inside. I mean, indoor is for anybody. It depends on just how disciplined you are in defense and how well you focus in each game and well-prepared,” she said.

With coach Erwin Handura having already left for Germany, the team is set to analyse its opponents and figure how it can capitalise on what the coach observed when he went to watch the European Championships.

“But we will definitely bring our best and we will remain disciplined,” said Mengo.

She said she is now fully recovered from an injury scare on her ligament in the knee.

“I am well recovered now. I am ready for the world cup. I started running and training again last Friday. So am all ready again,” she said.

Namibia is ranked number 14 in the world and the Germans are number two while the Czechs stand as world’s 3rd, Australia 8th, Ukraine 7th, and Russia 17th.

The odds are high but the girls have shown their determination to put up a fight and pull through to the quarter finals at least.

Most of the players are first timers for the world cup.

“Anything is possible,” Mengo earlier told The Villager.