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Phillip Chiyangwa, the president of the Confederation of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa), has written to Fifa to make it clear that they still recognise Ranga Haikali as the legitimate president of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), despite his purported expulsion. As the curtain comes down on the year 2021, New Era Sport would like to take you, our esteemed reader, down memory lane as we reflect on all the good, the bad and the ugly of the local sports fraternity. Botswana’s proposal to co-host the 2027 edition of the Afcon with Namibia has been met with enormous scepticism by local sport analysts. Solomon Mudege, Fifa’s head of development programmes for Africa, last Friday wrote to the secretary general of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Franco Cosmos, to express his concern with the NFA’s financial statements. Namibia’s young fullback Chad Plato has joined forces with Spanish rugby side Ferrol Rugby Club, which campaigns in that country’s Division-B of Honor (DoH) championship. When Cameroonian football legend and former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea marksman Samuel Eto’o was elected president of that country’s football federation late last year, it was not just a new day for the federation; it was a monumental turning point for that country as a whole. Once the crossing of the T’s and dotting of the I’s has been finalised in the coming days, Namibia’s super featherweight boxer Jeremiah ‘Lowkey’ Nakathila will get another opportunity to return to the global stage to face Mexico’s Miguel ‘El Alacran’ Berchelt in what is expected to be a mega showdown. I have been following with keen interest all developments around Namibia and Botswana’s ambitions to co-host the 2027 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), and I was quite surprised by how some government officials, especially those from the sports ministry and the Namibia Sport Commission, have been reacting to well-intended criticism. Namibia’s senior women’s cricket team vice-captain, Yasmeen Khan has been selected as one of the world’s top female cricketers to participate in this year’s FairBreak Invitational tournament in Dubai. Local labour and sports consultant Olsen Kahiriri yesterday insisted that Namibian striker Elmo Kambindu is still legally contracted to DStv Premiership outfit Sekhukhune United, despite reports that the player was recently offloaded by the club. After playing to an action-packed goalless draw against the Copper Queens of Zambia in yesterday’s first leg of their 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifiers in Lusaka, Brave Gladiators captain Emma Naris said the fight is far from over, as they now prepare for the second leg with renewed vigour. As I was penning this revered weekly column of mine, my fingers were trembling and my heart aching after witnessing the ill-treatment and abuse of fellow journalist and brother from another mother, Sheefeni Nikodemus of The Namibian newspaper. The Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the Namibia Premier League (NPL) are entangled in a fresh brawl over the affiliation of clubs, following the NPL’s invitation to various teams to join its National First Division. Namibian cricketer Eveleen Kejarukua was on Saturday unveiled as one of three new signees of English side East Huntspill Cricket Club, which campaigns in that country’s West Somerset Cricket League. Although the Brave Gladiators agonisingly missed out on a crucial opportunity to book themselves a place at this year’s Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, an optimistic coach Woody Jacobs says the future looks bright for his girls as yesterday’s clash was a monumental learning curve. When tabling the national budget in Parliament yesterday, finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi announced that the sports ministry will be getting an increased allocation of N$330.9 million for the 2022/23 financial year, which is almost a N$51.9 million increment from the N$279 million the ministry got in the preceding fiscal period. Sports minister Agnes Tjongarero yesterday expressed great delight with the 20.5% increment in the budget allocation to her ministry for the 2022/23 financial year, which she said will go a long way in reviving dilapidated sports facilities across the country. Dimitri Bittler was on Saturday elected the new chairperson of Khomas Netball, the regional netball governing body, which also administers the Super 10 League. The Namibia National Olympic Committee on Thursday held its elections at the Hilton Hotel in Windhoek, where Abner Xoagub was re-elected as president and veteran shooter Gaby Ahrens elected as vice president. Namibia’s senior cricket team, the Eagles, will this month battle it out against Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in an exciting 11-day ODI Tri-series slated for Dubai, Cricket Namibia (CN) announced yesterday.