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Veteran pugilist Vikapita ‘Beast Master’ Meroro on Saturday proved to all doubting Thomases that he still has some firepower left in his arsenal when he stopped German boxer Shokran Parwani in the sixth round of their light heavyweight bout, with a vicious right hand to the chin. For almost five months now, six bus drivers who transported athletes and officials to and from last year’s MTC Namibia Youth Games held at Rietfontein, are still unpaid for the services rendered and have been knocking on the doors of the sports ministry and the Namibia Sport Commission (NSC), but to no avail. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) yesterday deferred the announcement of the final outcome in a case between the expelled Namibia Premier League (NPL) and the Namibia Football Association (NFA) to next month. After over two years of inactivity due to boardroom politics and the effects of Covid-19, activities in the country’s first division will finally roar back to life this weekend, with matches set to be played across the country. 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.