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Local players and technical staff, called up to represent the country at the upcoming African Nations Championship (Chan) finals slated for Cameroon later this month, will remain in isolation until the travelling party is retested for Covid-19, Namibia Football Association secretary general Franco Cosmos said yesterday. Secretary general of the Namibia Paralympics Committee (NPC) Michael Hamukwaya says they would like to hand every Namibian living with a disability the opportunity to partake in sport. The national under 20 football side will start preparations in earnest ahead of the African Cup of Nations tournament slated for Mauritania between 14 February and 4 March. A number of Brave Warriors players are racing against time to recover from Covid-19 and return to the field to prepare for the upcoming African Nations Championship. Namibian footballers plying their trade in South Africa’s top-flight Dstv Premiership continue to impress in the new season, with the likes of Mamelodi Sundowns’ talisman Peter Shalulile and Ananias Gebhardt of Baroka United turning heads with their performances. Award-winning boxing promoter and trainer Nestor “Sunshine” Tobias has high hopes for the new year, including getting some of his fighters to get a world title shot. The national under 20 football side’s preparations for the African Cup of Nations got off to a slow start, as only six players reported for the training camp this week. The Namibian boxing fraternity has suffered a massive blow following the death of renowned trainer Joseph Antindi, who died last week in the Oshana region after an illness. The Brave Warriors are preparing for the 2021 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals to be held in Cameroon and captain Dynamo Fredericks says the team’s spirit and tempo have been high since their return from the coastal town of Walvis Bay, despite the infiltration of Covid-19. Tennis fans should brace themselves for an exciting year, with the competition schedule of the Namibia Tennis Association (NTA) containing a number of new events. The president of Namibia Wheelchair Basketball Federation (NWBF), Issac Nailenge, said one of their core goals for 2021 is to reach out in order to ensure more people are involved in the recently formed sport discipline. The MTC Namibia Horse Racing Association (NHRA) is planning to host its annual general meeting (AGM) at Gobabis next month. The Namibia Football Association is determined to host the Women Super Cup competition later in March this year. The national women’s indoor hockey team that is set to compete in the Indoor Africa Hockey Qualifiers in Durban in April this year remains hard at work despite coach Erwin Handura’s worries that the competition may be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The national football side will leave for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon this afternoon as the tournament gets underway on Saturday. Local football commentators are in agreement that Brave Warriors coach Bobby Samaria has selected a relatively strong squad for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament that kicks off in Cameroon this Sunday. Namibia’s veteran goalkeeper Virgil Vries was on Saturday breathtakingly exceptional between the sticks as he kept a clean sheet to help his South African club Swallows FC secure a narrow but well-deserved 1-0 win over Baroka FC during their DStv Premiership clash at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. Youngsters Johannes Mutanga and Jonas Matias, who both recently received their first national team call ups to join the Brave Warriors in Cameroon for the ongoing African Nations Championship (Chan) finals, are relishing the opportunity and can’t wait to leave their footprints at the biennial tournament. Local football pundits have urged the national side to pick up the pieces and restore some lost pride following a dismal showing in their African Nations Championship (CHAN) opening match against Guinea on Tuesday evening in Limbe.