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Namibia 55 Uganda 6 In Rugby World Cup Qualifier


Giants Namibia humbled Uganda Rugby Cranes 55-6 in the first game of the Africa Gold Cup/2019 World Cup qualifier game played in Windhoek on Saturday.

It only took seven minutes for the Namibian team to put points on the scoreboard after brilliant play from the right wing to the left found right flanker Janco Venter who scored their opening try and Cliven Loubser made no mistake from the spot.

Namibia picked another try once again in the 12th minute through Johann Greyling who was too strong and fast. Venter converted from the spot.

Uganda had a chance of bringing themselves back into the game when the referee awarded them a penalty in the 16th minute but a poorly taken penalty by their scrum-half Aaron Ofoyrwoth kept the scoreline the same.

In the 18th minute, the Welwitschias scored their third try of the match from a lineout after a brilliant driving maun saw their hooker Orbet Nortje add to their score once more with Loubser scoring the conversion to make the score 21-0.

Before the halftime break Namibia's team captain Johan Deysel score one more try for his team in the 27th minute but Loubser miss from the spot.

Uganda was once more given a penalty in the 34th minutes and James Ijongat made no mistake as he added his team's first points on the scoreboard. The halftime score was 26-3 in favour of the home team.

In the second half, it was still a one-way affair as the Namibians ran in five more tries compared to their opponents who only scored a penalty.

Namibia's tries in the second half were scored by hooker, Louis van der Westhuizen who scored two tries, left flanker Wian Conradie scored one, Greyling scored his second try of the match, while full-back Chrysander Botha who made his 50th cap on the day also added to the scoreboard with his try in the 66th minute of the match.

Ijongat scored his second penalty for the Rugby Cranes while Ofoyrwoth missed a penalty once more in the second half.

Namibia is chasing a sixth successive qualification for the World Cup and a spot in Pool B alongside defending champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy.

In the second game played Morocco managed to pick a 23-23 draw away to Zimbabwe. Uganda's second game will take place July 7th away to arch-rivals Kenya. The game will also be the second leg of the regional Elgon Cup.


Poor Start Off For African Teams in FIFA World Cup



Three African teams have already taken to the field and lost since the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14th in Russia.

The world's biggest football showpiece kicked off with the hosts Russia thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 in a Group A match.

Egypt who edged Uganda Cranes in the qualifiers for a World Cup slot also conceded late on June 15th to fall to Uruguay, while Morocco suffered a 1-0 defeat to Iran.

On Saturday night the Super Eagles of Nigeria showed yet one of the biggest problems of African teams which is sloppy defending when they fell 2-0 to a much composed Croatia side. The other two African representatives Tunisia and Senegal and Senegal are yet to take to the field.

Mujib Kasule, a football instructor, and Coach told PRIME RADIO on Sunday that African teams need to up their game. " It is unfortunate three African teams have lost their opening games in the World Cup because that now makes it very difficult for them to qualify for the next stage. " But I still think our teams in Africa are also lacking in the scoring department because we have not scored after three games," added Kasule.

In the other games that have been played Argentina settled for a 1-1 draw against Iceland, while Peru suffered a 1-0 loss to Denmark. Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat-trick to help European champions Portugal hold Spain to a 3-3.

On Sunday the defending champions Germany will be in action against Mexico in a Group F tie, while Costa Rica battle Serbia and Brazil take on Switzerland.



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