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The Namibia Premier League (NPL), in its latest appeal notice to the national appeals committee, claims their application to be recognised as a sports body for professional football was illegally and unconstitutionally reviewed and scrutinised by ordinary Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) workers, as opposed to an independently-appointed committee. It has been some weeks now without having penned my favourite column, which I personally christened My Candid View – a name that speaks to the nature and DNA of this very daring column. I must also share here with you that it has been a few challenging and eventful weeks for yours truly behind the scenes, especially from a work standpoint. Tributes poured in for former Orlando Pirates Football Club veteran goalkeeper and well-known Katutura businessman Japhet Hellao, who died on Saturday, aged 69, following a long battle with Covid-19. Founder of the MTC HopSol Youth League Collin Benjamin yesterday said they will abide by the decision of the court and allow African Stars’ youth teams to partake in the league along with the other teams. Deputy sports minister Emma Kantema-Gaomas says the recently amended Covid-19 regulations and safety protocols are not meant to punish or disadvantage anyone. President Hage Geingob yesterday paid tribute to departed veteran goalkeeper-cum-football administrator Japhet Hellao, who died in Windhoek from Covid-19 related complications on Saturday at the age of 69. Secretary general of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Franco Cosmos, has written to the leadership of the Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL) and all its affiliates to inform them that there will be no payment of monthly grants to teams for this month until further notice. Former Brave Warriors gaffer Ricardo Mannetti and retired prolific striker Rudolf Bester were yesterday among the first people to congratulate striker Peter Shalulile and winger Deon Hotto for scooping awards at the Premier Soccer League (PSL) annual awards ceremony on Sunday night. Both Nakathila and Kakololo were on separate international missions over the weekend, with Nakathila going toe-to-toe with America’s Shakur Stevenson for the vacant WBO interim junior lightweight title at the Virgins Hotel Theatre in Las Vegas in the wee hours of yesterday morning. Just like the Marine Iguanas that are exclusively and distinctively born on the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador and can’t be found in any other place on earth except on the Galápagos Islands, the town of Rehoboth too is blessed with a unique human gemstone that cannot be found elsewhere on earth except in Rehoboth. In a recent interview with South Africa’s leading football magazine Kick Off, retired Brave Warriors captain and renowned lawyer Ronald ‘Stigga’ Ketjijere opened up about the difficulties he endured trying to balance between a flourishing football career and his law studies. Namibian veteran goalkeeper Maximillian ‘Slimkat’ Mbaeva recently donated goalkeeper gloves, training gear and other valuable equipment to the Imanuel Sparks Gottlieb Goalkeepers School of Excellence. …as Namibia confirms Cosafa participation The fragile financial backbone of the sport ministry is starting to show. Local football pundits yesterday reacted with mixed emotions to the draw of the 2021 Cosafa Cup, which saw Namibia’s Brave Warriors being drawn in Group C alongside regional rivals Zimbabwe, Mozambique and tournament guest participants, Senegal. Namibia’s former triple world champion, Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo, will be in action next month when he squares off against Tanzania’s Hassan Mwakinyo as part of the Rumble in Dar Boxing Series, Scott Patrick Farrell of Global Boxing Stars announced on Friday. Relative ease, overflowing confidence and glaring determination are some of the characteristics that resembled the breathtaking performances of two of Namibia’s foremost sprinters, Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi, who took Spain and Poland by storm over the weekend. In its final arbitral award, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) yesterday dismissed the Namibia Premier League (NPL) appeal against the Namibia Football Association (NFA), and ordered that both the league and FA each bear their legal costs. Experienced striker Sadney Urikhob is set to make a return to the Brave Warriors cavern after interim head coach Bobby Samaria yesterday named him as part of his 35-man provisional squad for Namibia’s participation at next month’s Cosafa Cup. After recently losing out on the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) interim world super featherweight title against America’s Shakur Stevenson, Namibia’s featherweight boxer Jeremiah ‘Low Key’ Nakathila has vowed not to slow down, as he eyes more of such big opportunities.