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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. Most memorable race? Last weekend’s 1st leg of the Coca-Cola Athletics Grand Prix in Swakopmund, where I won the women’s 400m race in 51, 59 seconds – which is currently the fastest time in the world this year. Sports minister Agnes Tjongarero, in her congratulatory message to newly elected Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Patrice Motsepe, called on the South African billionaire businessman to use his business astuteness to reform and propel African football to greater heights. The Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service was yesterday allocated a total budget of N$279 million for the 2021/22 financial years, marking a reduction of about N$27 million from the N$306 million the ministry received in the previous fiscal year. On Wednesday, Finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi tabled a N$67.9 billion budget in the National Assembly for the 2021/22 financial year, which officially starts next month, and of that amount, the sport ministry was allocated a meagre N$279 million for all its activities in the new financial year. As Namibia celebrates 31 years of independence this month, we reflect on the many achievements the country’s sporting fraternity has scored over the years. Despite the endless infights between its leaders, football remains the toast of Namibian sport, having become a regular participant in major continental competitions. Oshakati-based football club Young Chiefs on Friday confirmed and subsequently announced the untimely passing of the club’s long serving captain Erick Natangwe Alweendo, who died in a horrific car crash between Tsumeb and Oshivelo on Friday morning. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) yesterday confirmed the disqualification of Chad from the remainder of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers, after CAF accused the Chadian government of interfering in the affairs of that country’s football federation. Brave Warriors gaffer Bobby Samaria is leaving nothing to chance ahead of Sunday’s crucial 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Guinea, as he has beefed up his squad with the crème de la crème of the senior national team. Most memorable race? Last weekend’s 1st leg of the Coca-Cola Athletics Grand Prix in Swakopmund, where I won the women’s 400m race in 51, 59 seconds – which is currently the fastest time in the world this year. The appeal launched by the expelled Namibia Premier League (NPL) against the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) has been heard and the final ruling on the matter will be delivered today. This week, a letter surfaced on various social media sites and was equally leaked to the mainstream media, wherein the president of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Ranga Haikali, wrote to newly appointed CAF secretary general Véron Mosengo-Omba. Put in simple terms, the National Sport Appeals Committee yesterday ruled that the decision by the Namibia Sport Commission (NSC) not to grant the Namibia Premier League (NPL) a licence to operate a professional football league is oxymoron, Whether or not the envisaged Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL) – which is a breakaway league planned to replace the expelled Namibia Premier League (NPL) – will start next month remains unclear and is an issue that has deeply divided the leadership of the Namibia Football Association (NFA). Lethal striker Peter Shalulile yesterday scored twice to help the Brave Warriors come from behind to beat Guinea 2-1 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, as Namibia finished her 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers campaign on a high note. One of Namibia’s promising boxing talents Sebastianus ‘Iron Fists’ Nathanael is set to make his continental debut when he fights for the coveted vacant WBO Africa featherweight title against Zimbabwe’s Hassan Milanzi this month. The Namibia Premier League (NPL) has written to the secretary general of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Franco Cosmos, cautioning that if the local football association does not desist from using the names of six clubs, they will be left with no choice but to sue. Namibian amateur boxing sensation, Jonas Junias Jonas, on Tuesday scooped a gold medal at the XV Anniversary International Boxing Tournament in Ukraine, after he defeated home favourite Oleksandr Zheleznyak in the final of the welterweight category. President of the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) Abner Xoagub has expressed satisfaction with the growing number of Namibian athletes who have qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games, which will take place from 23 July until 8 August 2021 in Japan. Chief administrator of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Freddy Mwiya yesterday burbled and waffled as he tried hard to explain how the blunders that marred the 2020 MTC Namibia Youth Games came about and how the NSC’s capacity was outweighed by the magnitude of the event.