Namibian men suffer first defeat at Africa Cup

Namibia’s senior national men have suffered their first defeat at this year’s Africa Cup when title holders succumbed to a narrow 3:4 defeat against the Dome Dragons on Wednesday night. The team held a 3:2 advantage going into the second half inside The Dome Swakopmund and seemed to be cruising to yet another victory, but late goals from Canadian Dave Hammond and his New Zealand attacking partner Alex Novak changed the outcome in favour of the Dragons.

It was the second win of the day for the Dome Dragons after they had already reigned supreme over the highly-rated Dare Devils with 11:3 in the first duel of the day. Canadian international Shane Kinsella caused all sorts of trouble for the Devils, scoring three and assisting one, while Hammond grabbed three more goals to move him to the top of the scorers list.

The Namibian men had, however, secured a win during the early hours of day, crushing the Moose Knuckles from South Africa with 6:2.

In other action, Namibia’s junior men kicked their campaign off with two hard-fought victories. A 4:2 win over the Peregrine Falcons was followed by an 9:2 victory of the Rhions later that day. Max Finkeldey was at his brilliant best as the up and coming ace found himself on the score sheet four times over the two games.