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If all goes according to plan, Namibia will be amongst the countries that stand to immensely benefit from a new major global rugby competition, planned for 2026. Chairperson of the Fifa Normalisation Committee Bisey Uirab yesterday said if the financially crippled Namibia Football Association (NFA) is to be rescued from the jaws of demise, serious structural and financial adjustments would have to be made. When reflecting on my past experiences with the previous Fifa Normalisation Committee for the Namibia Football Association (NFA), I’m reminded of the wise words of former US president Barack Obama, who once said: “If you have to win a campaign by dividing people, you are not going to be able to govern them. You won’t be able to unite them later if that’s how you start.” President Hage Geingob and Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Patrice Motsepe yesterday strongly shared the same desire to swiftly and seamlessly see the infights that has engulfed Namibian football come to an end. Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Patrice Motsepe on Saturday again called on all interested parties to put their inflated egos aside and strive to get local football up and running, saying he and his team will ensure that nobody stands in the way of progress. Veteran Namibian hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld, who plays professionally for the French Pro D2 side Aviron Bayonnais, was recently honoured with the prestigious Olympic Midi Oscars for his outstanding performance throughout the season. World Boxing Association (WBA) Pan African super bantamweight champion Mateus ‘The Beast’ Heita, who was initially set to defend his title against Jonas Matheus on 28 May at the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay, has now been accorded an opportunity to take a bite at the bigger cherry. Namibia’s foremost football export Peter Shalulile is leading a long list of nominees for the upcoming South Africa Premier Soccer League (PSL) 2021/22 Season Awards, where he has been shortlisted in three prestigious categories. On Tuesday this week, sports minister Agnes Tjongarero announced the immediate dissolution of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) board of commissioners, who the minister said were disregarding her directives, advice and recommendations on various governance issues. Five of the eight former members of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) board of commissioners, who were recently expelled from their roles by sports minister Agnes Tjongarero, are demanding an unreserved apology from the minister, and that she must atone for ‘damaging’ their reputations. The Fifa-appointed Normalisation Committee for the Namibia Football Association (NFA) will today continue with its roundtable mediation efforts when a second consultative meeting with members of both the Namibia Premier League (NPL) and the Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL) takes place at the NFA Football House in Katutura. As far as the planned upgrading of stadiums, road infrastructure and bringing all relevant stakeholders on board in the tourism and commerce sectors is concerned, Namibia remains well on course and will soon tick all the boxes in its joint 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) bid. Newly-appointed Brave Warriors head coach Collin Benjamin yesterday said his tenure at the helm of the national team will not be a one-man show, but will be centred around collective efforts as a team, constant consultations and giving everyone an opportunity to make a contribution. The recent appointment of Namibian football great Collin Benjamin as new head coach of the Brave Warriors, in my humble opinion, has been long overdue. With Namibia having received only three slots for its para-athletes at this year’s Commonwealth Games, the country’s veteran campaigner Ananias Shikongo, Bradley Murere and Chris Kinda are the three athletes that will represent the country in that discipline. Many, many moons ago, world-renowned civil rights activist the great Martin Luther King Jr reminded us about the importance of unity when he said: “We must learn to livetogether as brothers or be prepared to perish together as fools”. President Hage Geingob and his Botswana counterpart Mokgweetsi Masisi reaffirmed their unwavering commitment toward the two countries’ anticipated bid to co-host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations, saying both governments remain well on course to unveil an unrivalled bid. Namibia’s foremost young mixed martial arts fighter Veja Hinda on Saturday once again defied all odds to scoop a gold medal in the eight-man elimination round of the Gauteng Fighting Championships, which also saw him book a place in the semi-finals. I must admit that we haven’t been giving enough credit and applause to our local horse race organisers and racehorse owners for a job well done, and for pushing the envelope further in the tough and financially-demanding sport of horseracing. Namibia’s senior rugby 15 head coach Allister Coetzee said they will methodically approach today’s clash against Burkina Faso in the Rugby Africa Cup quarterfinals, where a lot of emphasis will be placed on getting the basics right.