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“We are not a pushover” : Namibia coach

Coach Pierre De Bruyn may credit Namibia’s historic victory over Ireland to “calm planning,” but it will be everything from calm on the afternoon in Windhoek. Namibia’s advancement to the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup is a watershed moment for the country,

demonstrating to the cricketing world that they are “not a pushover,” and De Bruyn hopes that when they wake up tomorrow morning, it will all be “real.”

“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.

Awarded an ODI status by the ICC

According to De Bruyn, Namibia’s other important milestone came in 2019, when the ICC granted them ODI status, which transformed the game.

“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 allowed us 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 me 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.”

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