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Following a morale-boosting 40-37 win over Tanzania on Saturday, the Desert Jewels of Namibia yesterday failed to build on that momentum as they went down 53-44 against a strong Malawian side at the Wanderers indoor courts in the capital. Brave Warriors coach Bobby Samaria is optimistic the lessons gained from Thursday’s one-all draw against Congo will be enough to carry them past Togo today in a 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifier at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg. The Brave Warriors’ ambitions for the 2022 Fifa World Cup were yesterday brought to a final halt when they suffered a 1-0 defeat against a determined Togolese side, which scored in the dying minutes of their Group H qualifier at the Orlando Stadium to finish as runners-up. Desert Jewels head coach Julene Meyer is confident that yesterday’s hard-fought 43-42 win over Zambia will serve as the perfect tonic as they head into their final African Netball Championship clash against South Africa today at the Wanderers indoor courts.The Desert Jewels, as Namibia’s senior netball side is ardently known, had to fight their way back into the match after falling behind Despite not finishing on a high note in their last African Netball Championship match against the continent’s number one ranked side South Africa, Namibia’s Desert Jewels head coach Julene Meyer believes the tournament was a crucial learning curve and the sky is the limit for her girls. Secretary general of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Franco Cosmos, yesterday said the association will heed the call by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to call off their planned extraordinary congress. The Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) yesterday confirmed that the premier and reserve leagues finals will go ahead this weekend, despite Wanderers’ appeal against their disqualification. Namibia’s rugby 15s will use tomorrow’s Stellenbosch Rugby Challenge final against the Sables of Zimbabwe as a sharpening tool ahead of next year’s final qualifying round for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Namibia’s rugby 15s, the Welwitschias, on Saturday solidified their march towards the 2023 Rugby World Cup with a resounding 41-10 victory over the Sables of Zimbabwe to win the 2021 edition of the Stellenbosch Rugby Challenge, held at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport. Namibia’s founding president Sam Nujoma on Saturday appointed Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Christine Mboma and fellow Olympics finalist Beatrice Masilingi as goodwill ambassadors of the revered Sam Nujoma Foundation. Namibian international Awillo Stephanus and his former Zambian Super League club Lusaka Dynamos are at loggerheads over unpaid monies owed to the 30-year-old industriousmidfielder. Events at the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Football House in Katutura are on the brink of resembling those of a haunted house, as the association’s leadership is currently embroiled in a fresh dispute with the Brave Gladiators over unpaid wages. President of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Ranga Haikali strongly believes that if the issue of inadequate football facilities in Africa is fully addressed, the planned Pan-African Super League will be a fantastic project and will fast-track the development of the game. The Namibia Football Association (NFA) yesterday officially confirmed Namibia’s participation in the Cosafa U/20 Championships set for Eswatini from 10 to 18 December. At their last face-off press conference held in the capital ahead of tomorrow’s mega showdown, Namibia’s super bantamweight champion Matheus ‘The Beast’ Heita and Zimbabwe’s veteran pugilist Tinashe Mwadziwana both promised to leave no stone unturned in their quest for glory. Namibia’s Tokyo Olympics silver medallist, Christine Mboma on Friday again hogged international headlines when she scooped the International Junior Female Athlete of the Year accolade at the Athletics Weekly Magazine Awards. Instead of addressing the thorny issue of players’ outstanding appearance fees and the decaying state of local football, Franco Cosmos, the secretary general of the financially crippled Namibia Football Association (NFA), has again gone rowdy. Still fresh from scooping the Best International Athlete of the Year award at Friday’s Athletics Weekly Magazine Awards, Namibia’s sprinting sensation Christine Mboma is again on the verge of winning another international accolade. Namibian tennis star Connor van Schalkwyk yesterday got his breakthrough to the international tennis arena, following his admission into the main draw of the 2022 edition of the Australian Open Junior Championships. Namibia’s veteran boxer Lukas ‘The Demolisher’ Ndafoluma has blamed Saturday’s eighth-round technical knockout defeat to South Africa’s Nkululeko ‘The Bulldog’ Mhlongo on a recurring flu that caused major difficulties in breathing throughout their fight.