Namibia’s Diana Tjejamba Shines in Scotland

by | Oct 28, 2021

One of the greatest things about Super Netball is the diversity of cultures and playing styles in the athlete group, and the Scottish Super Cup was no different.

Several African players featured in the inaugural Super Cup, among these players was Namibia’s Diana Tjejamba.

Tjejamba thrived as her team, Harriers, walked away as champions of the Scottish Super Cup.

The goalkeeper featured in all of Harriers matches, as she aims to stamp her authority on the international stage.

Speaking with Tatenda Gondo, Tjejamba reveals the difference in the sport in Africa and abroad and the best advice she has received.

 

When and how did you start playing netball?

It was around 2003, and I was in grade 2 at Michelle McLean Primary. One of the netball coaches came to me and persuaded me to try netball because I was taller than my age mates.

 

Which clubs have you played netball for before you left for Europe?

I started playing netball for a team called Bethlehem and moved to the University of Namibia, Civics, African Stars, and later Namibia Correctional Services.

 

How did you join Harriers?

I was part of the Sirens Developmental team and that is how I got the opportunity to play for Harriers.

 

You recently won the Scottish Cup with Harriers; how would you describe the feeling?

The feeling is inexpressible, but I am grateful for everything. Special appreciation goes to Netball Scotland who welcomed me in their league and made sure that I play with ease, where I am able get the best out of myself in such a competitive league.

 

Having played netball in Namibia and Scotland, what would you say are the differences between the two nations?

Netball in Scotland is very tough, but the rewards are very rewarding and encouraging. If you play well, you are guaranteed of being scouted. And I believe Africa can get to this soon.

 

What should be done to get more African netballers to play abroad?

Firstly, the African countries need to improve on their world rankings and try to get scholarships for players to study and play abroad. This will aid the continent having quality netball players, who would represent the country on bigger stages.

 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve gained from your fellow netball players?

Anna Shipanga – she always tells me to hold my head up high and go for it because I can! And then there is Imelda Nerongo; she never stopped believing in me and my potential.

 

Are there any netball players that you look up to as role models and why?

I look up to African players that are plying their trade in the United Kingdom Super League and Suncorp in Australia. They include, Mwawi Kumwenda, Joyce Mvula, Towera Vinkumbo to mention but a few. It takes hard work, dedication, and effort to play in such leagues.

 

Photo 1 Caption: Namibia’s Diana Tjejamba was one of many African netball stars to feature in the inaugural Scottish Super Cup as her team, Harriers, were crowned champions. Photo: Supplied

 

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