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NCF selects junior players to represent Namibia at African schools championship

by Rodney Pienaar

The Namibia Chess Federation (NCF) has selected players to represent the country at the upcoming African Schools Individuals Chess Championship in Pretoria, South Africa. 

Selections where done at the Namibian Schools Chess Championship on Saturday at Windhoek Gymnasium, NCF president Israel Shilongo told The Villager. 

“This is one of the biggest events that attracted most junior players during this year. We selected the players that will represent the country in national colors. We believe that we have selected the correct players for the upcoming championship. They deserve to represent the country,” he said. 

He added that all the players that took part in the competition have shown maturity as they have grown with the federation over the years. 

Shilongo reiterated that participants from all over the country came to the event, having qualified through their respective regions back in February.

12 players were selected from U/7 up to U/ 17 age groups to represent the country.  

Players that were selected are Edward Uvanga; Suzan Iiputa;    Miguel Classen;  Ottilie Hinda; Jamie-Nicole Beukes;  Tristan Riedel;  Lure Horn; Galeshewe Jane; Kevin Gurirab ;Keisha-Cathriona Van Wyk; Dante Beukes and Taisha Uris.

“The team of 12 will be heading to South Africa as the official players and will receive national colours. I would like to call upon any sponsors that are willing to assist us. Our offices are always open and any donation is welcome to make the trip for our junior players easier and comfortable,” he said. 

He added that the next junior chess open tournament will take place in Walvis Bay on 9 June in what is dubbed the biggest chess event of the year as it attracts close to 400 junior chess players from all corners of the country.