Namibia Over-40 have selected Western Province Over-40 batsman Duane Viljoen for this month’s Africa Cup in Pretoria.
Viljoen represented Western Province Over-40 during May 2023’s inter-provincial tournament in Johannesburg.
Injury prevented Viljoen from participating in Claremont Cricket Club’s Veterans National Club Championship campaign in late August 2023. He has since recovered.
“We all come from different clubs and leagues, some residing in different countries,” said Namibia Over-40 captain Nicolaas Buys.
“The guys are up for the challenge and looking forward to testing ourselves against the best teams. We want to be really competitive and grow as a team during the Africa Cup.”
Namibia Over-40’s coach is former Zimbabwe first-class cricketer Norbet Manyande. He played first-class cricket in Namibia and Zimbabwe from 2001 to 2011.
“We have a good group of players and should raise the Namibian flag high. Most of the team have
exceptional knowledge of the game, gained through playing for so long,” said Manyande.
The four-team Africa Cup, which also includes South Africa Over-40, South Africa Over-40 Invitational and Zimbabwe Over-40, will be followed by next year’s inaugural Over-40 World Cup.
Namibia have been pooled with England, Australia, United States of America, Zimbabwe and Canada for the Over-40 World Cup.
Namibia Over-40 squad for Africa Cup
- Nicolaas Buys (captain)
- Asad Abbas
- Derick Colmer
- Riaan de Witt
- Rowan Erasmus
- Francois Füscher
- Hendrik Geldenhuys
- Conrad Jacobs
- Pieter Meuwesen
- Johan Nel
- Duane Viljoen
- Jaco Zondagh
- Norbet Manyande (coach)
Over-40 Africa Cup dates, fixtures, venues
|27 November||SA Over-40 v Zimbabwe Over-40||Irene Country Club|
|27 November||SA Over-40 Invitational v Namibia Over-40||Sinovich Park|
|28 November||SA Over-40 Invitational v Zimbabwe Over-40||Irene Country Club|
|28 November||SA Over-40 v Namibia Over-40||Sinovich Park|
|29 November||SA Over-40 v SA Over-40 Invitational||Irene Country Club|
|29 November||Namibia Over-40 v Zimbabwe Over-40||Sinovich Park|
|1 December||Final||Irene Country Club|
|1 December||Third-place play-off||Sinovich Park|