Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Showed the world that we are not a pushover: Namibia coach. Namibia will kick-start their Super 12 journey against Scotland on October 27
Namibia will kick-start their Super 12 journey against Scotland on October 27
Coach Pierre De Bruyn might put Namibia's historic win over Ireland down to “calm planning” but it will be anything but that back in the streets of Windhoek on a Friday afternoon. Namibia's furtherance into the Super 12 stage at the T20 WC is a groundbreaking sporting moment for the nation and shows the cricketing world that they are “not a pushover,” and De Bruyn hopes that it's all “real” when they wake up tomorrow morning.
“You know, it's ultimately a dream that's come true for these players. They were six-seven year old boys dreaming of playing against India or Pakistan in a World Cup, and it's happened. We're going to have a nice bus journey back to our hotel, and for me that dream has come true for these players. All they had the last few years until now was to watch these guys on TV and dream about it, and they're going to wake up in the morning thinking it's real. I'm just so pleased for them,” De Bruyn said.
Namibia's other big moment was back in 2019, when they were awarded an ODI status by the ICC, and that changed the game according to De Bruyn.
“In 2019 April, that's when we qualified and got our ODI status. That made a big difference. I had three full-time contracted players. That allowed me to get 16 full-time contracted players, just that ODI status, and that gave us the opportunity to build.
“Albie (Morkel) and myself, we started together in January 2019. It's been a great journey with Albie. It's a guy that I wanted from the start. We've known each other for over 20 years. We played together, and what he brings alongside myself as a head coach, that's exactly what I needed, his expertise, his calmness.
“Then for this World Cup I brought in a couple of consultants just for the World Cup, and yeah, my analyst Riaan Minnie, he's been around for two years. David Wiese, look, he's a fantastic player for us. His parents were born in Namibia, so he's eligible to play for us. What David has done the last two games is fantastic to see.”
De Bruyn also spoke about how Namibia had to work with very limited resources back home but he expects things to change, just like it did after they were awarded the ODI status.
“But when it comes to the normal resources, if you measure yourself against full members, we're way off in terms of our facilities, full-time coaches, full-time SNCs, doctors, all of that. But we've got a saying that we've got to find a way.
“As a coach myself, I've really made sure that the players and us as a group, we just use our opportunities. We don't have everything, but these times like we're sitting here winning a cricket game knowing that we're going to the next World Cup. We know financially it makes a difference and we can upscale and we can invest a little bit more in our resources.”
Now among the bigger and better teams, Namibia will still go in as underdogs but De Bryun hopes that teams looking at them as “easy pushovers” works to their advantage.
“We're certainly still the underdogs going into the Super 12s now, so that hasn't changed. But coming here, we didn't mind that tag. We've gladly accepted it. But we had a lot to lose. That we didn't accept, that saying of nothing to lose. We had a lot to lose, resources, financial impact, everything, sponsors, you name it.
“We are going into that Group B as definitely the underdogs. Those guys will look at us and say, okay, it should be an easy pushover, but I think what we've showed the cricketing world over the last week is that we're not a pushover. We're going to keep on competing regardless of the result, and we pride ourselves to play cricket like that. We're looking forward to it, but we're not going to be a pushover. We're going to compete to the best of our ability.”