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Chairman of the MTC Kilimanjaro Boxing Club Joseph Benhard says unearthing raw talents and providing opportunities to young boxers remain at the core of their business. Namibia’s rugby fifteen, the Welwitschias, will be ready to match the visiting Blue Bulls Invitation XV neck-to-neck when the two sides lock horns for the Officeconomix Goodwill Cup this weekend at the Hage Geingob stadium in the capital. Namibia senior women’s hockey team head coach Erwin Handura yesterday said the country is racing against time to ensure they are well prepared and to select the best team to compete at this year’s qualifiers for next year’s Outdoor Hockey Africa Cup. Namibia’s senior netball team, the Desert Jewels, head coach Sunette Burden has said the upcoming Tri-Nations Tournament will provide much-needed game time and equally serve as a great opportunity to prepare well ahead of the all-important Africa World Cup Qualifiers, slated for later this year. Close to 500 elite and upcoming athletes from various parts of the country recently gathered at Mariental to compete for top honours in the seventh leg of the Athletic Namibia (AN) Grand Prix, which was hosted by the Tsaraxa-Aibes Athletics Club. “We have done it before and we have been through it before” …are the words that keep the Brave Warriors’ camp brimming with confidence ahead of tomorrow’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Burundi at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. Despite going down 47-12 against the South African Blue Bulls, Namibia’s senior rugby team assistant coach Darry de la Harpe remains optimistic about the future and says a lot of positives were taken away from the defeat. A group of 15 athletes along with their coaches yesterday left for Mauritius where they will represent the country at the 22nd edition of the African Senior Athletics Championships in Port-Louis from 8 to 12 June. The fourth edition of the much-anticipated MTC Horseracing Winter Cup was officially launched in the capital yesterday, when a N$200 000 sponsorship was announced for this year’s competition by MTC. Netball Namibia received a massive shot in the arm in the form of N$3.2 million from Debmarine Namibia yesterday. Namibia’s renowned athletics coach Henk Botha has said he wholeheartedly welcomes Christine Mboma’s decision to remain under his stewardship, but made it clear that he will not stand in the way of Beatrice Masilingi, who has expressed desire to work under a new coach. Despite a few impediments here and there, sport ministry executive director Audrin Mathe has maintained that the intentions of the national sports reward policy remain well intact, but a few screws should, however, be tightened. Following a hiatus of almost three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the popular National Paralympic Games, which are hosted annually under the auspices of the Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC), will resume this weekend. Seasoned racehorse Starlile from the Okahandja Racing Club on Saturday again proved its dominance during the MTC Winter Cup at the Okahatjipara turf in the Okondjatu vicinity, where it scooped the all-important 2200m Import Open category. Although the sport of horseracing has seen tremendous growth over the last couple of years, event organisers feel much more work needs to be done, especially in the area of infrastructure development. Namibia’s senior netball team, the Debmarine Desert Jewels, yesterday dusted themselves off with a hard-fought 38-34 win over Zimbabwe to get their Tri-Nations Cup campaign back on track. Renowned athletics coach Henk Botha has said the recent 22nd edition of the African Athletics Championships in Mauritius was an important learning curve for young and upcoming Namibian athletes. Coastal rugby outfit Kudus’ head coach Gawan Esterhuizen yesterday said his charges are upbeat and ready to lock horns with Grootfontein Rugby Club in tomorrow’s Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) Premier League clash in Walvis Bay. Debmarine Desert Jewels head coach Sunette Burden said the Tri-Nations competition held last week was of great importance, as it helped them gauge themselves ahead of the 2023 World Cup qualifiers set for Cape Town, South Africa in August this year. Twenty teams are expected to tussle for top honours in the newly-launched Ongos Valley Futsal Winter Cup slated for next month in the capital.