THE 3×3 Men’s National Basketball Team competed in Doha, Qatar at the ANOC World Beach Games earlier this week where Namibia improved its overall ranking, by finishing the tournament in 14th place out of 16 countries that took part.
The team of four travelled to Doha to partake in an U23 3×3 men’s division against 16 other nations. Game 1 was played on Monday, 14 October where Namibia took on Ukraine, but the boys fell short of six points in a game that ended 20:14. On the same day, the team took on Mongolia at another attempt to come out victorious but again the score ended 21:12 in favor of Mongolia. Their final match up was on the Tuesday, 15 October against Jordan game ended 21:15 for team Jordan.
Despite losing all, their three games at the competition, Namibia’s first ever appearance at the World Beach Games is one to remember. The performance left them at 14th position, above Togo in 15th place and Uganda in 16th position.
A member of the Namibian team, John Tjirimuje said that the greatest take away for him was realizing the country’s ability.
“The greatest lesson was noticing with every game that we, as a nation, are able to compete at this level and go toe to toe with any basketball powerhouse” he said.
Team captain, Mantius Amukoshi said: “I am proud of my team and for how far we have come. This is only the beginning of the country’s journey towards becoming a household name in the 3×3 world. We have seen what the other teams have to offer and now we know what to work on and improve not only as a team but as a nation”.
“This experience was my proudest Namibian moment and together, we showed our competition why we known as the Land of the Brave as we left our hearts on the court with every match” he added.