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Namibia draws against Blau-Weis Koln in World Cup friendly

by Kelvin Chiringa

The Namibian women's indoor hockey team drew 3-3 against German's Blau-Weiss Koln in a friendly match over the weekend in preparation for the world cup due in a few days' time in Berlin, Germany.

Blau-Weiss Koln is an elite team playing in the German Women's Bundes Liga (premier league).

Commenting on the debut match from Berlin, national team coach Erwin Handura said, “The match ended 3-3. It was a hard match. Very physical."

Handura also expressed delight in the Namibian defensive tactics which frustrated the Germans at every turn. 

"Both goal keepers did well," he added. 

The Namibian girls had two more training sessions yesterday. 

The girls also locked horns with the world’s number one, Netherlands on Monday, 15h00 Namibian time.

Other sessions will be today at 11:30am and 15h00 in Amsterdam and Utrecht respectively, Handura confirmed. 

"Next Wednesday we will also play an U18 Youth Team from Rott-Weiss Koln Hockey Club and on Thursday we will play a new promoted team to the Bundes Liga, Bonn," said Handura from Berlin.

 Namibia is set to clash with Germany, Australia, Ukraine, Russia and Czech Republic in the World Cup pool B.  

Despite the giants in the pool, the team has expressed optimism of sailing through to the quarter finals.