Eveleen Kejarukua, who is just 21 is part of the National Women's Team of Namibia. Her sheer talent and determination has brought Eveleen to this level who has also been a part of U16, U17 and U19 Teams. Currently she plays for Zebra Cricket Club, which is the only Club in Namibia that has promoted Women's Cricket. In an interview with Global Leader Mr.Vishal Yadav, Eveleen explains that why is it so hard to play Women's Cricket in Namibia.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Eveleen Uahakua Kejarukua
Date of Birth: 18th September 1993
Playing Role: Bowler
Batting Style: Right hand batsman
Bowling Style: Medium peace
Address: Windhoek Namibia
2. At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner? A cricket Fan? Mention your work profile (if anything else).
I'm a cricketer who plays for the Ladies national team and doing my grade 12.
3. Are you playing cricket currently? If Yes - Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far in your country?
Yes I'm playing since 2009 started with U16,U17,U19 and now in the national Ladies team.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
Yes I do play for the Zebra cricket Club. It started in 2014 and founders are Zahid and Hester Khans who started and became cricket partners cause they have twins playing in the ladies team and they want to keep us fit all year and we also play coastal social league in the coast west of Namibia.
5. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
Well what I can say is that in 5 years we would develop as a strong ladies team cause we are the first ones who started the team. I would also like to play first class cricket with all international teams and not only African teams. We would want be as good as south Africa getting exposed to all types of cricket.
6. Do your club/association have any website or facebook page? Mention their links.
No since we new we haven't got one at the moment.
7. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date.
We have had a lot of training camps, I have played for the U19 girls team in Botswana from 22-26 August 2012 where I was an open bowler.
8. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp? Or do you want to travel any other country (if Yes, please mention the name)?
India sounds awesome because I believe its where cricket flourished and has developed a lot and if you want to learn more, it's the best place to search for answers but also I want to go to England and Australia.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
Well its hard here as the number of girls playing cricket has decreased ever since our first coach Ian Van Schoor couldn't coach us any due to medical problems and that there's not funds for coaches or invite other countries to play in our country and the fact that 60 percent of the team is studying in South Africa and we only practice together when they come home for holidays or tournaments and that's end of the year. There's no fields for the ladies and nets as well so training is hard at times.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
The best thing would be getting a coach that will be with us and be our coach and that if we can get funds to get our own fields or indoor fields and getting exposure by getting to play with other international level cricket countries.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs.
Whs old boys club
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
Zebra cricket club because they are the only club that has allowed ladies to learn from them and helped us a lot.