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This week the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) officially recognised the Namibia Premier League (NPL) as a sports body responsible for promoting and regulating all forms of professional football in the country. The Namibia Football Association (NFA) Football House in Katutura has become a battle ground for the survival of the fittest, with the association’s president Ranga Haikali fighting to regain control of the beleaguered federation while the FA’s secretary general Franco Cosmos is punching back to save his job. The Namibia Football Association (NFA) resolved at its executive committee meeting held over the weekend in the capital that Bobby Samaria will stay on as acting head coach of the Brave Warriors until a substantive gaffer for the national team is appointed. Cyclist Tristan de Lange, Paralympian Johannes Nambala and Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Christine Mboma are the biggest recipients from the sports ministry’s Sport Reward Policy (SRP), which recognises and rewards local athletes for scooping accolades continentally and internationally. With Namibia’s resounding success at the recent Tokyo Olympics now a well-documented feat and one for the history books, the country’s attention will today turn to the Paralympic Games, which kicks off with the opening ceremony. Many ask what the perfect ingredients are for heroism. Well, heroism is in the eye of the beholder and there is no specific recipe for it. However, sport has over the years taught us that heroes come in all shapes, sizes and can be found everywhere and anywhere. eam Namibia will also be in action tomorrow when Namibia’s 2016 Rio Paralympics triple medallist Ananias Shikongo lines up for the men’s T11 400m heats before returning to the tracks on Wednesday in the T11 100m heats. Brave Warriors gaffer Bobby Samaria is excited about the arrival of national team top guns Peter Shalulile and Deon Hotto to the camp over the weekend, as well as Virgil Vries, who reported for duty yesterday. Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Christine Mboma and fellow finalist Beatrice Masilingi will this Friday be in action at the 2021 Brussels Diamond League in Belgium, seeking to continue their ripening rise on the international athletics circuit. Disappointment, pity, simply unfortunate and regretful are some of the words Paralympics coach Michael Hamukwaya could find to describe the disqualification of sprinter Ananias Shikongo and his guide Even Tjiviju during yesterday’s men’s T11 100m final at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. Netball Namibia (NN) vice president Rebekka /Goagoses expressed great excitement with the return of local netball activities over the weekend, saying although players showed some signs of rustiness due to prolonged inactivity, the return of the MTC Netball Premiership was not short of action. Namibian speedster and Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Christine Mboma says her unmatched performance at the Brussels Diamond League meeting on Friday was the tip of the iceberg of what the world should expect to see going forward.