The Villager had an exclusive interview with a young lady that recently joint the top netball premiere league and proved to be on top of her game as she has scored most goals for her team and is currently the top shooter in the league. Please tell us about yourself and your background?
I am Zaja Tjiroze known as Mamikie I was born on the 29th of November 1993 in Omaheke Region in a town called Gobabis a very well-known place as the “Cattle Country”. I grew up in Epukiro at a village called Okombomi. I grew up with my parents and siblings.
Which team do you currently play for?
Am playing netball for the Afrocats lion team the new kids on the block or should I say the models, Afrocats is its ﬁrst-time in the premier league and we’re actually doing good so far.
Where do you see yourself after ﬁve years as a netball player?
I see myself coaching the young ones to be the best players and having my own netball academy whereby I will be teaching young ones how to play netball and teaching them team build discipline among one another.
How many goals score for your team in the league?
I scored 68 goals since the league started in this year. By the end of this season am targeting 500 goals, I will be training very hard to reach my target and I would want to win the league as well or be in the top 3 for that matter Netball is an exciting, fun and physical game were by it requires one to be physically ﬁt and mentally ﬁt as well, when your unﬁt you don’t really enjoy the game you get tired quickly.
How would you best describe netball as a sport?
I was someone who uses to play soccer in the streets of Katutura and all my primary years. I started playing netball 2010 at Centaurus high school in the under 15/17 the same year it’s when I joined the Khomas premier league were by I started playing in Civics netball club coached by Annitha Ndjaronguru, I played from 2010-2013 in Civics it is where I learned and improved my netball than I moved to Tigers netball team coached by Mornei were I played 3 seasons from 2014-2016 and currently am playing for the Afrocat lions. They know me as a silent killer a player who doesn’t complain on the court.
Any advice to juniors that want to follow in your footsteps as netball player?
I would advise young stars that are playing and interested in netball to take they training sections seriously and listen to their coaches as they are demonstrating and put whatever that is demonstrated to them in practice. Train hard and play easy, training makes you perfect and by listening you become one of the best players.
What do you mostly do in your leisure time?
On my free time I exercise a lot and I also play friendly game’s and go out with my team mates, when there’s no league game’s I play Herero tournaments or should I say Open tournaments whereby we get to play with players outside Khomas and this tournament’s take place in different towns.
Where are you employed and how do you divided your time for sports and work?
I am employed in the Ministry of Defence at Composite Depot. I work from 08h00am to 16h30pm. The good thing is that we also have sports and so I play netball for my work team as well, I train at work in the morning and after work I go for Afrocats training which starts at 17h00 to 19h00pm so my working hours does not interfere with my training hours.
Do you have any advice for netball fans?
Yes, I would like to encourage my fellow Namibians to support netball as any other sport in the country, netball is being demoralized at many time’s, in years to come I would want to see the Khomas League getting sponsors so that we start playing for money and getting paid for playing netball. For now, we play for free for the love of Netball.