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Namibia loses to Holland in World-Cup friendly … as youngest player, Kiana Cormack shines

by Kelvin Chiringa

The Namibian women’s indoor hockey team currently camped in Germany for the upcoming world cup lost yesterday to world’s number one, Holland, in a friendly match ahead of the major show-down next week.

Reporting from Berlin, national team coach, Erwin Handura said, “We lost the game 7-3 and the Half time score was 1-4 for Holland.”

Namibia scored first in the 2nd minute from a penalty corner taken by Kiana Cormack before which the Namibians gave away two easy short corners which they converted.

At 16 years of age, Cormack enters the world arena as the youngest player on the Namibian side and her exploits so far shows she is hungry for goals.

Speaking to The Villager recently she said, “I have been training really hard and even though I am the youngest player, I think that I am mentally strong enough to play in these games and perform,” she said.

The Dutch broke through the Namibian defense lines only to score two more goals from penalty corners just before the half time break.

 At the break the score was 4-1.

“After the break we gave another short corner away which resulted in a goal (5-1). Soon after that we scored an action /field goal from a turnover deep inside our own half (5-2),” Handura said.

Holland later scored a 6th field goal from an effective circle entry on Namibia’s right side when their striker (#18) tipped in an easy goal.

With three minutes to go (37th minute) they converted yet another short corner (7-2).

Handura said, “We were awarded a short corner in the (40th minute) which Kiana Cormack converted to bring the final to 7-3. This was a better performance from us as a team in the area of defense as well as in goal scoring. We still have more work to do in defending penalty corners as well as scoring goals. All in all I'm happy with the progress we're making as we reach our final 7 days prior to the World Cup.”

Meanwhile the games will be screened live on German television and the African champions are bracing for a show down with some of the best top ten world hockey giants including the hosting country, Germany.