Namibia however, has been hard at work, training for more than three months now and according to their women's coach Erwin Handura they will give a good account of themselves at the African Hockey Championships which begin later today.
“This is the best team I have ever coached. We started training at the end of July while we gave our best ever performance at the South African Inter Provincial Tournament at the end of August, where we came second in the B section. We won seven matches and drew one and just lost out on goals difference to Western Province,” he said.
“South Africa are very strong and will start as the favourites, but a team like Ghana have been improving a lot - they trained in Europe for a month ahead of the championships,” he said.
“These matches will be very important because they also count towards world rankings, and we really want to try and close the gap on the top teams,” he said.
The Namibia's men's team have also been in top form of late and at the end of August won a bronze medal at the South African Inter Provincial Tournament.
Namibia men open their tournament against Ghana, while the women face Kenya.
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