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If recent reports that secretary general of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Franco Cosmos was given a three-year contract by the NFA executive committee led by its president Ranga Haikali are anything to go by, then local football enthusiasts should brace themselves for a long ride this year. Going into today’s defining fight against Bulgaria’s unbeaten Tervel Pulev, Namibia’s boxing trouper and former WBO Africa cruiserweight champion Vikapita “Beast Master” Meroro warned that his opponent must not expect an easy fight as he will bring “everything to the ring”. Namibia’s enterprising winger Joslin Kamatuka has heaped praise on compatriot and South African club Baroka FC teammate Ananias Gebhardt for making his arrival at the club a smooth process, as that, he says, contributed strongly to his superb performance in his debut against Cape Town City on Sunday in their DStv Premiership clash at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. Namibia’s leading boxing promoter Nestor Tobias is unhappy with the way the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) has been deliberately sidestepping opportunities to put up a mega fight between local lad Jeremiah ‘Lowkey’ Nakathila and America’s Shakur Stevenson. Local veteran rugby gaffer and Trustco United Rugby Club head coach Robbie Dickson was yesterday announced as the new interim coach for the country’s national team the Welwitschias and will oversee all players attached to the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) High Performance Program. Brave Warriors legend and one of Namibia’s most decorated footballers Congo Hindjou has hailed local football export Peter Shalulile, saying the young striker is only getting started with his high-flying career and more goals and magical moments should be expected from the 27-year-old. The NPFL is a NFA league established by the association to replace the expelled Namibia Premier League (NPL). Late last year... Netball Namibia (NN) vice-president Rebecca Goagoses confirmed that Namibia has received an invitation from Netball South Africa (NSA) to partake in the upcoming Spar Challenge slated for Cape Town, but said NN is still considering the invite. From a relatively unknown player to strutting his stuff with the best on the continent, Isaskar 'Bio' Gurirab said there is still more to come from him as he takes small humble steps to become one of the best players to have come out of Uis in the Erongo region. Namibia’s Young Warriors yesterday late afternoon strutted their stuff against Mauritania’s senior side in a friendly match that served as preparation ahead of Monday’s Africa U/20 Cup of Nations (Afcon) opening clash against Central African Republic (CAR). Namibia’s Young Warriors will take no prisoners tonight when they make their maiden appearance at the 2021 U/20 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) against the Central African Republic (CAR) in Mauritania. Chairperson of the country’s sports appeals committee Loini Shikale-Ambondo has written to both the Namibia Premier League (NPL) and the Namibia Football Association (NFA) as well as to the Namibia Sport Commission (NSC) to inform them that the appeal hearing is set for this Thursday. A few months ago, I was labelled a tribalist, a sellout and a biased journalist – to mention but a few of the countless insults that were hurled at my persona – all because I had insisted that the Namibia Football Association (NFA) starting the envisaged breakaway Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL) will be a grave misstep. Chairperson of the country’s sport appeals committee, Loini Shikale-Ambondo, yesterday postponed the appeal hearing between the expelled Namibia Premier League (NPL), the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) to next Saturday, 27 February. Employees of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) were yesterday up in arms and crying foul over unpaid salaries, accusing the NSC leadership of running the national sports regulatory body like their personal fiefdom. The envisaged Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL), a breakaway top-tier league established by the Namibia Football Association (NFA), plans to start and conclude all its activities within a space of three months – meaning the league will start in April and finish on or before 31 July 2021. President Hage Geingob yesterday led a wave of tributes to veteran sports administrator, Eliphas ‘Oupapa’ Shipanga, who died on Tuesday in a Windhoek hospital at the age of 62 following a suspected heart attack. Namibia Football Association (NFA) president Ranga Haikali yesterday vowed that he will go to all possible extremes, if necessary, to unshackle the embattled NFA from the unscrupulous influence and continuous interference by the disreputable Progressive Forces group – an infamous cartel of disgruntled former and current clubs executives and chairmen. Chairperson of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) Patrick Kauta is suing Young African Football Club owner Mali Ngarizemo of N$500 000 for defamation of character and further demands that Ngarizemo tenders an unreserved and unconditional apology for slandering his persona. Namibian football pundits and various veteran administrators of the beautiful game have all come out in droves to congratulate Patrice Motsepe, who was on Friday unanimously ushered in as new president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), having run unopposed.