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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.