The Indoor Africa Cup tournament serves as a qualifier for the World Cup that was set to be held in Belgium in February 2021.
Newly appointed Brave Warriors assistant coach Robert Nauseb is impressed with the overall determination of the players and how they are responding to training sessions ahead of next month’s international friendly against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.
The coastal town of Walvis Bay mourns the death and at the same time celebrates the life journey of an unheralded football legend, noted business mogul, Dieter Steinmetz, generally known as “Steini”.
Just when we all thought we could finally retreat to our respective caves and accord the recently appointed Committee of Eminent Persons (CEP) an opportunity to thoroughly investigate and come up with rock-solid recommendations that will help squash the protracted beef between the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the Namibia Premier League (NPL), out of the blue, this week, eight clubs wrote to the NFA, the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) and to the sports ministry to air their grievances about the appointment of the CEP.
Namibia’s local and foreign-based footballers yesterday joined voices in calling for the immediate return of topflight football in the country, saying the inactivity of football has left hundreds of players stranded and without income.
Namibian international Deon Hotto Kavendji has declared his ambitions for the upcoming season. After being officially unveiled as an Orlando Pirates player this week, the 28-year-old Namibian winger-cum-midfielder sat down for an interview with Orlandopiratesfc.com to discuss his switch to the Buccaneers.
Brave Warriors interim coach Bobby Samaria yesterday called up a 35-man training squad, comprising local players, in preparation for the upcoming Cosafa Cup and the African Nations Championship (Chan) tournaments.
Winning countless trophies and dominating African football are some of the targets atop of Namibia’s international Peter Shaulile’s plan of action for new club Mamelodi Sundowns, with the 27-year old striker saying that playing for the South African champions is a dream come true.
He took a bow from the game of life just three days after celebrating his 60th birthday, Seth Boois’ untimely departure has left the entire football fraternity bereft of a multi-talented national asset and rare role model.
Having closely followed the events of the past almost two weeks, from the passing of the legendary former Brave Warriors coach Seth Boois to the family of the deceased requesting President Hage Geingob to confer hero status on Boois and have him buried at the Heroes Acre, I noticed that Namibia is again being reminded of the urgent need to establish a fully-fledged sports museum and if need be, a sports remembrance site to honour the country’s past and present sporting heroes.
Yours truly has been carefully following the unfolding reaction to the appointment of National Sports Commission (NSC) mediator committee by sports minister Agnes Tjongarero, to look into the long standing feud between the country’s football governing body, the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and its grounded prime affiliate the Namibia Premier League (NPL).
Brave Warriors interim coach Bobby Samaria yesterday said he would assemble a mixture of home and foreign-based players in preparation of next month’s international friendly against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.
Namibian veteran goalkeeper Virgil Vries has signed a new contract with South African club Swallows FC, who were recently crowned 2019/20 champions of that country’s GladAfrica Championship and gained automatic promotion to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for next season.
Career achievements as a footballer and as coach: Winning the South African Top-8 Cup, Absa Cup and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) with Santos.
Namibia’s rugby sensation Helarius Kisting’s Romanian club CSM Ştiinţa Baia Mare on Saturday defeated rivals SCM Timişoara to clinch the CEC Bank Super League following an intense action-packed final at the Noua Stadium in Braşov.
President Hage Geingob yesterday paid a heartfelt tribute to former Brave Warriors head coach and veteran sports administrator-cum-renowned writer Seth Boois, who died last Thursday at the age of 60.
The last six weeks has witnessed the passing of so many people of quality in Namibia: Dr Van Zyl, a scientist of high repute from Outjo, living in the United States, Honourable Dirk Mudge, mentor of the Namibian state and political leader of high standing.
Namibian football has suffered a massive blow and is in deep shock following the passing of former Brave Warriors gaffer and veteran administrator Seth Boois, who died yesterday at the age of 60 in a Windhoek hospital.
Death has struck again as the country’s football fraternity mourns the sudden passing of former Kuisebmond unfashionable outfit Red Fire Football Club attacking midfielder-cum-political activist turned trade unionist, Naftalie Karakura Katjita.
On 3 August 2021, Caster Semenya will line up in the 200m final at the Tokyo Olympics.
Whilst yours truly was happy to see our professional footballers plying their trade in the stinking rich South African Professional Soccer League (PSL) riding the crest of the waves, one is inclined to take with a grain of salt that our boys have what it takes to be counted amongst the finest on the African continent.
Local gaffer Woody Jacobs yesterday tendered his resignation as Brave Warriors assistant coach, saying lack of trust and an unconducive working relationship between him and his employer, the Namibia Football Association (NFA), led to his decision to resign.
For former Brave Gladiators, as Namibia’s senior women football team is known, skipper Mamie Kasaona, the answer to whether it is possible to remain a true Himba girl living in the capital Windhoek and travelling the world with the Gladiators is clear: “Wherever, I will never forget my tribe.”
Today, a lot of people in the sport fraternity are thinking through their feelings, emotions and egos, and it is evident in what they say and how they act. Sport, on the other hand, has never been about the ego, emotions or positions.
With no available remedies within the local football setup, sports minister Agnes Tjongarero has cast her net wider in search of solutions and expertise to help normalise the deteriorating situation of Namibian football.
Sivute Katamba, the acting executive director in the sports ministry, yesterday issued a stern warning to local sport administrators cautioning them that the days of running public-funded sport federations like their own personal fiefdoms will soon be over.
Much-travelled retired attacking midfielder Edwin van der Colff, famously known as “Winno” or better still “Ian Rush”, was a rare breed amongst the most lethal goal poachers of his generation.
Let me start by applauding sports minister Agnes Tjongarero and her team at the ministry for taking a bold decision to appoint an independent six-member mediator committee, which has been tasked with investigating, swotting and coming up with recommendations that will finally bring closure to the endless infights that has crippled Namibian football.
In this revived feature with SA Rugby magazine, Namibian rugby legend and former Saracens flanker Jacques Burger dwells on family life, career and life after rugby.
Some self-anointed local football pundits, mostly those that are perceived to be anti the Patrick Kauta-led Namibia Premier League (NPL), were on Monday up in arms and at pains trying to accuse sports minister Agnes Tjongarero of interfering in local football matters.
World football governing body Fifa on Friday wrote to acting secretary general of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Franco Cosmos, responding to two letters dated 22 and 27 July 2020 sent to Fifa by the local football federation.
Retired Blue Waters Football Club stalwart Titus Shilongo, aka “Oom Ty”, used to be a no-nonsense versatile top-class defender-cum-midfielder who skippered the coastal giants during his heyday.
That CSA is an organisation in total free-fall was confirmed this week when Jacques Faul confirmed he had tendered his resignation with immediate effect.
A swarm of Black Africa Football Club (BA) supporters from the towns of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Arandis and Karibib in the Erongo region on Tuesday came out guns blazing, accusing the Namibia Football Association (NFA) of meddling in the club’s internal affairs.
Namibians woke up to the devastating news about the sad death of well-known local locksmith Ephraim Kanjaa, famously known as “Rep” in social circles.
This week, sports minister Agnes Tjongarero announced and unveiled the three members that will serve and form part of the national Appeals Committee, which will have a working relationship with both the line ministry and the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC).
What exactly are the legitimate concerns of South African rugby and its portfolio ministry over the refusal of some white rugby players’ point-blank refusal to bend their knee in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement?
Although just as talented as their European counterparts, African coaches face a glass ceiling.
The rambling brouhaha between the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the expelled Namibia Premier League (NPL) has taken a strong grip on local football clubs and one such club feeling the snowball effect of the conflict is Citizens FC.
Former executive member of Black Africa FC, Cassius Moetie, yesterday wrote to the club’s supporters to inform them that the Namibia Football Association (NFA) has agreed to postpone/extend the deadline of 23 August for clubs to apply for membership with the planned NFA top tier league, so as to allow BA more time to put its house in order.
Namibia’s leading football players agent Collin April is vexed by the unending bickering between the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the expelled Namibia Premier League (NPL), saying players have been badly affected and their livelihoods down the drain.
Coastal giants and one of Namibia’s oldest football clubs, Blue Waters FC, yesterday distanced itself from a letter dated 6 August 2020, written by eight clubs to the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) and to sports minister Agnes Tjongarero, wherein the clubs blasted the minister and tried to influence the NSC.
Apart from Brave Warriors midfield general Petrus “Dancing Shoes” Shitembi and Axarob Mukoya, the far north-east town of Rundu has in the past produced top-notch footballers who have sadly gone unnoticed until their inevitable retirement from competitive football.
Let me recall the precise words of then Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob, when he addressed a sizeable audience of sport administrators, officials and sport scribes, of which the author was amongst the attendees, at the old Nictus building in the center of Namibia’s commercial capital Windhoek many moons ago.
President Hage Geingob’s announcement that the entire country will be migrating back to stage 3 of the government’s Covid-19 response plan until 28 August, with special restrictions for Erongo and Khomas, the MTC HopSol Youth Soccer League has followed suit and called off all their fixtures scheduled for this month.
Namibia Basketball Federation (NBF) development officer Malakia Matias says the recent International Basketball Federation (FIBA) online courses offered between May and July exceeded all expectations and offered fresh insights on the game.
Namibian football legend Mohammed Ouseb is regarded as one of the finest defenders to have ever donned the famous gold and black colours of Kaizer Chiefs. The retired Namibian defender is most famous for his ‘Spanish tackles’ and was a pillar of strength for the South African giants in the late 90s.
A total of 84 experienced and amateur golfers, including women, men, youngsters, and senior citizens, took part in the recent Bank Windhoek Water Fundraiser competition hosted by the Windhoek Golf and Country Club.
The tension between the PSL and Safa was getting out of hand, but I’m elated that the right decision to restart the football season was taken in the end.
President of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Ranga Haikali, yesterday strongly shot down growing assertions that he and his entire executive committee members are captured by the self-styled Progress Forces group.
The Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) announced it has cancelled all activities for this year due to the widespread coronavirus pandemic.
The Namibia Premier League (NPL), which was expelled as a member of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) a few weeks ago, yesterday announced that it had established and registered a new professional league with the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA), and that it had also applied for membership with the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC).
Namibia’s largest harbour town and southern Africa’s preferred cargo hub has in the past produced a significant number of high-profile athletes.
Following announcements that the 2020 edition of the Namibia Annual Sports Awards (NASA) has been postponed to next year, various athletes and sport administrators have come forth to weigh the decision of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC).
Yours truly has been following with an eagle eye the unfolding events in the annals of domestic football, threatening to make us a laughing stock of world football.
In case, and I really mean just in case, the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) fails in its last-ditch effort to try and mend the strained relationship between the Namibia Premier League (NPL) and the country’s football governing body, the Namibia Football Association (NFA), then we, as a country and as football fanatics, should be open and ready for new and alternative football enterprises.
The 17th edition of the Namibia Annual Sports Awards (NASA), which were initially scheduled for end of October 2020, have been postponed to October next year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) officially announced yesterday.
The Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) and the Namibia National Olympics Committee (NNOC) yesterday jointly resolved to forcefully cease the powers and privileges of the Namibia Gymnastics Federation (NGF) executive board, and placed the embattled federation under a special regime for the next four months.
The play-offs for the much-anticipated MTC Netball Premier League are set for October and November this year, which will see 11 regions battling it out for the remaining six spots in the newly established topflight league.
Dear Luc Eymael, I hope that this letter finds you well during these turbulent times due to the coronavirus.
As part of the revised restrictions under stage 4 of government’s Covid-19 emergency response programme, President Hage Geingob on Friday announced that all contact sport activities will be held behind closed doors and no spectators will be allowed at venues.
Brave Warriors veteran goalkeeper Maximillian Mbaeva is dismayed by the endless politics in Namibian football, saying the protracted infightings continue to rob local players of golden opportunities while countries are hard at work exporting hundreds of players to larger markets.
He came, saw and conquered! Retired “Starlile’s versatile forward-cum-midfielder-turned defender Theo Ndisiro, also going by his clan name Tjizembua, will go down in history as one of very few footballers who have bravely weathered the storm to keep Katutura glamour football club African Stars afloat against all odds.
What is your basic understanding of news?
Bank Windhoek’s Executive Officer of Marketing and Corporate Communication Services Jacquiline Pack announced the bank’s Virtual Relay proceeds will go towards assisting Walvis Bay’s Twaloloka informal settlement residents, who experienced a devastating fire last Sunday, which destroyed homes and left hundreds displaced.
Regions have welcomed the new MTC Namibia Premier League, the first of its kind for Namibia and aimed at amplifying the overall development of netball countrywide.
While Liverpool have waited 30 years to be champions, it is also true that Jurgen Klopp has reached the Holy Grail remarkably quickly.
Both the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing & Fitness Academy and the MTC Salute Boxing Academy have upped their fight against Covid-19 after both academies dispatched teams of health officials to disinfect their gyms and maintain strong health standards.
Namibia Tennis Association (NTA) chairperson for the junior tennis committee Santie van der Walt has expressed great satisfaction with the high level of performance displayed by local youngsters at the recent Sanlam Junior Tennis Tournament Series, which ended last weekend.
The Namibia Premier League (NPL) has bumptiously accepted its expulsion by the Namibia Football Association (NFA), saying the decision by the local football association to expel the league is unlawful and makes a serious mockery of all norms and values of natural justice.
The Namibian Squash Association (NSA) has suspended all official national competitions while hopes of sending players to represent the country at the World Junior Squash Championships in Australia this month has hit the wall due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The universal law of being born and subsequently die is an undisputed process which applies to all human beings, including any other living creatures on motherly earth.
The rule of the game of football is just simple and straight forward: if you field an ineligible player the laws of football prescribes that your team should forfeit three points in each and every match the player took part.
The telling line from SA Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux’s response to a question on Black Lives Matter during his media briefing this week was that “progress will not be celebrated – we will only celebrate success”.
After expelling the Namibia Premier League (NPL) as a member of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) at Saturday’s 16th extra-ordinary congress in the capital, NFA president Ranga Haikali further announced that the league will be notified to vacate Football House soonest.
Katutura glamour football club African Stars and newcomers Okahandja United FC were the first two teams to publicly condemn the expulsion of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) at its 16th extra-ordinary congress over the weekend.
Former president of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and highly-respected sports administrator Doc Naobeb says he does not support and nor is he convinced that expelling the Namibia Premier League (NPL) will bring lasting solutions to the current impasse in local football.
Unlike many footballers from his generation who started chasing leather in the dusty streets of their respective towns and cities – Selle’s interest in the spherical object took off around bushes on a remote farm at a very young age.
Owner of Gobabis-based football club Young African Mali Ngarizemo has described as “long and draining” the process of finally getting his club’s relegation overturned by the Namibia Football Association (NFA)’s Appeals Committee.
Career achievements: Three times Namibia Premier League (NPL) winner and four times NFA Cup winner.
Sport is a major contributor to economic and social development, the contribution sports make to individuals and communities, the empowerment of women and young people, as well as to health, education and social inclusion is massive.
Well, it is a documented fact that the deadly coronavirus is taking centre stage in many aspects of human lives, gravely affecting the daily diet of many confirmed citizens.
The Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) recently announced measures and guidelines that will apply to all sport codes under stage 4 of the government’s Covid-19 emergency response program, and the NSC’s pronouncement was quite crystal clear that the hosting of all planned sport events should, at all times, be done under the strict health protocols and within the confines of the prescribed Covid-19 guidelines.
Namibia has for the umpteenth time awoken to another devastating news following the untimely death of former Flames Football Club inspirational skipper Simon Nuujoma, aka “Oikaisino”
The Brave Warriors of Namibia will now only get a chance to make a second appearance at the African Nations Championship (Chan) tournament early next year, after CAF announced that the 2020 edition of the competition has been moved to January 2021
Namibia’s leading boxing promoter Nestor Tobias strongly believes that with his academy’s renewed relationship with MTC, they will continue creating value and excellence with the ultimate aim of making Namibia the burrow of African boxing.
Cricket Namibia (CN)’s youth development manager, Hestelle Haccou, believes the recently launched junior cricket school tournament will serve as the perfect stepping stone for upcoming cricketers to reach their full potential.
Grassroots sports is extremely important to any developing sporting nation. It is the foundation for sport prosperity and sport success in any country around the globe. When catered for and delivered well, it creates immense value and develops more talents for the country in all sport codes.
The possible expulsion of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) will be top of the agenda at the much-awaited 16th extra-ordinary congress of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) slated for next Saturday, 18 July 2020, documents seen by this publication reveal.
South African football great Benni McCarthy has recalled how he scored his four goals for Bafana Bafana against the Brave Warriors of Namibia at the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations, saying it was the chants of “Banana Banana” by Namibian fans in Windhoek a few months earlier that had driven him.
If you go to prison right now and approach a group of 100 inmates and ask how many of them actively participated in any sort of sporting or leisure event before coming to jail, I can assure you that the statistics from their response will shock you.
Namibian sport has in the past produced a significant number of high-profile athletes, manufactured in all sorts of different packages, notably in the football discipline.
First National Bank (FNB) Namibia’s three-year N$15 million sponsorship deal with suspended Namibia Premier League (NPL) officially came to an end on Tuesday, 30 June 2020, and reliable sources have informed this publication that the bank is now considering diverting their sponsorship to the country’s First Division.
Namibia climbed seven places in the latest netball rankings released recently by the International Netball Federation (INF), which saw the country move from 30 to a much-improved number 23 on the latest world ratings.
Beneficiaries of the MTC mega multi-million sponsorship announced this week in the capital yesterday came out in droves to shower the local telecommunication giant for recognizing and investing in them.
E-sport is considered the world’s fastest-growing sport and the first, together with football, that is truly global. As a result, the top eSports tournaments are already taking place online.
Local telecommunications giant MTC yesterday announced multiple sponsorship deals with a record seven sport codes amounting to about N$55 million in total over three years, which will see a raft of major and minor sport disciplines receiving a much-needed financial boost.
Re-elected president of the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) Corrie Mensah says efforts of transformation and development of rugby in all parts of the country will remain top of the union’s list of priorities as he embarks on his second term as president.
Namibia’s long-distance runner Helalia Johannes says she is disappointed with the cancellation of all six legs of the popular SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge Series scheduled for this year as a result of Covid-19 but understands health matters remains a priority.
After hosting a hugely successful junior tournament last month at various venues across Windhoek, the Namibia Tennis Association (NTA) will next month be back with another junior event, and this time is the much-anticipated T05 Sanlam Junior Tennis Tournament.
Located in the heart of Katutura, at the Katutura Youth Complex to be precise, Special Olympics Namibia (SON) was at one point the pride and hope of a community that was once economically and socially disadvantaged by the South African apartheid regime.
The revered University of Western Cape (UWC) did not only produce well-respected academics, but the reputable learning institution has also unearthed a significant number of athletes, notably in the oval ball discipline (rugby).
The Namibia Football Association (NFA) and Brave Warriors assistant coach Woody Jacobs are on a collision course and their relationship on the verge of collapse, following a disagreement over a purported unfair remuneration package.
Ever since the invention of sports, there have been two ways for people to enjoy sports.
The establishment of the southern African sports museum will go a long way in preserving the history and achievements of past and present sports heroes hailing from the southern tip of the continent.
After spending almost three months under a blanket moratorium as a result of the widespread Covid-19 pandemic, contact sports activities and other large social events will be allowed to return under stage 4 of the government’s Covid-19 emergency response program, President Hage Geingob announced yesterday.
The construction of the remaining phases of the Eenhana Multi-Purpose Sport Complex will soon get underway, with phase 5 and part of phase 4 expected to be completed during this financial year.
Namibia’s senior cricket team head coach Pierre de Bruyn says it’s too early to press panic buttons as far as the fate of the 2020 T20 World Cup is concerned, after chairperson of Cricket Australia (CA) Earl Eddings was reported confessing that hosting the global cricket showpiece appears unlikely because of the persistent Covid-19 pandemic.
Great American poet and renowned confessional writer, the late Sylvia Plath, through her many impactful writings in the late 50s and early 60s warned us about the unquenchable thirst of powerful individuals and entities always wanting to bite off more than they can chew.
He might not have had possesed the silky skills of his more celebrated teammate, the man he was eventually to replace in the star-studded Black Africa Football Club engine room, Lucky Boostander but Tomi Adams was your typical box to box midfielder in the real sense of the word.
Brave Warriors great Rudolf Bester, who is widely regarded as one of Namibia’s most decorated strikers of all time, yesterday spoke candidly to New Era Sport, opening up about his experience with South African football giants Orlando Pirates and also shared his views on the much-hyped transfer moves of compatriots Deon Hotto and Peter Shalulile.
Namibia Golf Federation (NGF) secretary general Brenda Lens has expressed disappointment after Namibia was denied an opportunity to host this year’s edition of the popular All Africa Challenge Trophy.
Association football is back with the return of some of Europe’s top leagues, the Bundesliga in Germany and La Liga in Spain.
OMUTHIYA – Already boasting a state-of-the-art Fifa-sponsored football field, the Omuthiya Town Council has again reaffirmed its commitment towards sports development after it allocated a budget of N$2 million for the construction of a modern netball and volleyball courts.
The Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service has allocated N$10.6 million to the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) for all its activities for the 2020/21 financial year, which marks a N$4 million increment from the N$6 million the Commission received in the last fiscal year.
The junior tennis tournament that was hosted by Namibia Tennis Association (NTA) over the weekend at various venues in the capital was a huge success and met all expectations, NTA’s junior tennis committee chairperson Santie van der Walt said.
English Rugby Football Union (RFU) Championship side Jersey Reds, which campaigns in the UK’s second-tier rugby system, confirmed over the weekend that it has signed Namibian international Lesley Klim along with other 15 recruits ahead of the 2020/21 Championship season.
Having been born and growing up in a family of noted footballers from his paternal side, it was obvious that young Bolle Hans, would unavoidably develop an unquenchable thirst for anything in the shape of a spherical object.
Chairperson of the Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NPBWCB) Dr Bernard Haufiku has hailed the new found unity amongst local boxing promoters, especially the collaboration they displayed during this difficult times when the sport is plagued by Covid-19.
Namibian international and South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) club Highlands Park lethal striker Peter Shalulile admits the N$30 million price tag the club has put on his head is making it difficult for him to leave.
Chairperson of the Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NPBWCB), Dr Bernard Haufiku, said amending or either repealing the current Boxing Act of 1980 is top of his priorities, as the act is outdated and discriminatory.
According to Solly Duiker, the national coordinator of the Namibia Schools Sports Union (NSSU), the return of school sports activities on a grand scale for this year will largely depend on the guidance and directives from the various government authorities.
Namibia Football Association (NFA) president Ranga Haikali yesterday leapt to great lengths to distance himself from growing perceptions that he is not entirely ‘his own man’ and that he runs the local football federation on the instructions of external forces outside football.
Just as the nation comes to terms with the sudden departure of midfield general Nathaniel Alele Kapule, also known as “Zico”, in football circles, another sport legend has died.
Although non-contact sport codes in the country have been given the green light to resume training activities, it however remains a challenge for some codes to smoothly go about their business due to various strict safety measures and regulations under Covid-19.
If the leadership of the suspended Namibia Premier League (NPL) fail to approach First National Bank (FNB) Namibia and quickly pitch a new sponsorship proposal before the end of this month, the bank will be forced to withdraw its N$5 million sponsorship of the NPL and close its books for the concluding 2019/20 fiscal year.
At the moment, it is jubilating to witness the world collectively fighting against racism. In today’s weekly takeaway edition, I would like to send out a clear message on how the race card affects sports so that everyone can understand and join forces to eliminate this disease.
Cricket Namibia (CN) high-performance coordinator Dee Thakur has urged local female cricket coaches to make full use of the newly-initiated Cricket Coaches Association, which aims to equip Namibian gaffers with quality coaching skills.
The Namibia Football Association (NFA) is in the process of instructing its lawyers to invoice and demand close to N$800 000 from the suspended Namibia Premier League (NPL) in outstanding payments emanating from the High Court and Supreme Court cases, which the local football association both won.
ORUSUUO – Former African Stars Football Club and Central Invitational Eleven’s hard as nails defender-cum-communal farmer Gabriel “Kierie” Tjituaiza, who claim to have lost a large number of livestock during the last drought and also due to insistent stock theft, says there is an urgent need to move away from the traditional ways of farming.
Namibia Football Association (NFA) acting secretary general Franco Cosmos, who was a member of the Fifa-appointed Normalisation Committee, will remain as interim head of the NFA’s administrative affairs until end of December this year, the association’s executive committee resolved over the weekend.
Namibia’s oldest football club Tigers, founded in 1927 to be precise, yesterday paid a heartfelt befitting farewell to the club’s departed legend Nathaniel Alele Zico Kapule when it was announced that the club will be retiring jersey No.7, which Kapule donned during his heyday.
Namibia’s Brave Gladiators poster-girl Zenatha Coleman’s contract with Spanish Women Premier Football Division side Valencia CF Femenino will come to an end of next month and it appears Coleman will not be extending her stay with the club come next season.
Life is a journey but death is unavoidable, the author is still battling to come to terms with the sad passing of one of the most complete footballers of his generation, one Nathaniel Alele Kapule, elder son of Katutura big shops popular barber, the late Thomas Mbutu, aka “Tommy Trou”. Exactly a week ago, I bumped into the former African Blizzards and Tigers FC skill full midfielder Zico, at the memorial service of a close family member.
Patrick Kauta, the chairperson of the suspended Namibia Premier League (NPL), has written to the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to indicate his intention to withdraw his appeal against the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and its president Ranga Haikali.
What does the word ‘Athlete’ mean to you? I would bet that your answer is different than the next person reading this article. If asked, some might say an athlete is someone who competes in sport, while others might contend that an athlete is someone who has excellent coordination and is capable of explosive movements.
It has been almost more than two weeks since the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) gave the nod to various non-contact sport codes to resume training under stipulated rules and regulations.
Given our young democracy, the one thing we should have learnt never to repeat is to discriminate. Discrimination in any form or colour destroys, whether it’s in politics or otherwise.
Namibian rugby legend Jacques Burger has launched a withering attack on the self-interests holding back the development of rugby in his home country. The celebrated former Saracens back row was capped 36 times for the Welwitschias and represented his country at three World Cups.
As sport activities are slowly returning in various parts of the world, Namibia recently followed suit when it announced the unbanning of various non-contact sport codes, allowing them to return to training grounds but under strict conditions.
Another tragedy has befallen the Namibian football fraternity at large with the sad passing of former Eleven Arrows and South West Africa (SWA) Bantu Invitational likeable giant shot-stopper Ben Tembo, aka “Oom Ben”, as the much-adored man of the cloth was affectionately known amongst his congregation.
Have you ever thought of reasons why good athletes get suspended, omitted from national squads or have a very short career while they seemed to have immense potential? Let me put forward one of the main reasons – discipline.
Firebrand trade unionist, sport and labour consultant Olsen Kahiriri is going after the properties of the beleaguered Namibia Football Players Union (NAFPU) in a bid to recoup more than N$122 000 owed to him by the union.
Despite the many raging effects of Covid-19 on all spheres of life, the Namibia Hockey Union (NHU) is pleased with the progress made towards the completion of the revamped Doc Jubber Hockey field in Olympia, which will soon boast state-of-the-art artificial turf and other additional amenities.
Keetmanshoop Rural constituency councillor Elias Kharuxab says he wants to revive the Krönlein sport stadium back to its golden days of attracting masses of spectators and producing talented sport stars. He said this during the groundbreaking ceremony of the sport field.
The author vividly remembers that freezing Sunday afternoon at the packed to rafters SKW field, south of Windhoek, when unfashionable Khorixas outfit Robber Chanties saw off Ramblers in the knockout stages of the maiden edition of the newly introduced Namibia Football Association (NFA) Cup.
Lady Luck again turned her back on the beleaguered Namibia Premier League (NPL), after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) yesterday rejected the league’s application for legal aid in their protracted legal battle against its mother body the Namibia Football Association (NFA).
Already plagued by legal battles and an endless war of words, events in the country’s besieged football fraternity took another startling twist after eight clubs declared their intensions to resign from the suspended Namibia Premier League (NPL) and form a breakaway league.
The Epukiro Horse Racing Club is amongst the many stables countrywide feeling the harsh economic pinch of the Covid-19 pandemic. Omaheke-based horse club owner Iritjiua Murangi said it is becoming financially dreadful to keep up the maintenance of racehorses.
RUNDU - Rundu Chiefs Sports Club, through its recreational centre, recently donated food parcels worth over N$22 000 to its football, volleyball and netball players. The donated food parcels include maize meal, cooking oil, canned fish, sugar packs, and many other items.
Covid-19 is testing young athletes and it’s at a time like this that youth players need to remember things that are required for athletic success: Positive attitude.
Two of Namibia’s veteran administrators of women football, Jacky Gertze and Jacqui Shipanga, have both come out in awe of the country’s football star Annouscka Kordom, who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Sports Management from Corban University in the United States of America (USA).
One of Namibia’s senior football women team, the Brave Gladiators’ leading act Annouscka Kordom says getting to where she is today was not an easy ride but perseverance, hard work and dedication carried her all the way through.
About two weeks after announcing salary reductions of 25% for all its employees due to the persisting precarious financial situation, the Namibia Premier League (NPL) is further cutting to the bone the wages of its employees and this time a 50% reduction in basic remuneration.
Khomas Netball Region (KNR) Public Relation Officer, Isack Hamata says although they have suspended all their league activities for this year, there is a strong possibility they might still go ahead with other activities such as training of umpires and training camps.
The beautiful game of football in apartheid Namibia was birthed in the coastal town of Walvis Bay on the banks of the freezing Atlantic Ocean. As it stands, the most recognisable football entity from that neck of the woods is without a shadow of doubt Blue Waters Football Club, also known as “Omeya” or better still the “Beautiful Birds” amongst its ardent followers. It has always the dream of almost every aspiring footballer growing up in Kuisebmond to pull the famous foam and navy strip of Omeya over their heads... well, young Willem Ashipembe was no exception to this unwritten rule.
Namibia’s former triple world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo, who was last scheduled to face Kazakhstan fighter Daniyar Yeleussinov for a 10-round welterweight fight at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA, remains upbeat and focused on life post Covid-19.
Namibia’s netball senior team captain Jatjinda ‘Toetsi’ Tjihero says winning the M1 Nations Cup held in Singapore last year marked a crucial turning point for the country’s netball fraternity and brought a fresh ray of hope.
A lot is being said about the rights and wrongs of sport returning any time soon amid the current worldwide coronavirus pandemic. I will leave that decision to the experts.
In a statement issued Sunday, the executive committee of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) accused the leadership of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) of not being genuine in their quest to resolve the ongoing impasse between the two entities.
Namibia’s internationally acclaimed cyclist Dan Craven has called on fellow athletes to refocus their training methods as they await on the Covid-19 pandemic to subside.
The harbour town of Walvis Bay on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean, has in the past produced a sizeable number of great athletes, some of whom have gone onto become household names in domestic football.
Let’s be honest, in Namibia, players have a very slim chance of playing professional sports. I don’t say this to be harsh or pessimistic, but to emphasise the importance of focusing on how parents and coaches can help every single player, and make a difference in their lives long-term by helping them learn the important life lessons.
With the start of the 2020 domestic rugby activities in the country’s premier league delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) has also been affected and is now looking at possibilities of restructuring the league’s business to be aligned with the current conditions and times.
Veteran sports journalist Carlos Kambaekwa has opened a case of assault by threat against the owner of Young African Football Club Mali Ngarizemo.
One of Namibia’s top football exports, acrobatic goalkeeper Virgil Vries, says his gloomy days at South African giants Kaizer Chiefs are over and for the first time in a long time, he is again a confident and happy man at new club Swallows FC.
Wounded and limping from two defeats at the Windhoek High Court and the Supreme Court, the Namibia Premier League (NPL) is now placing all its eggs in one busket as it looks to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for hope and survival.
Namibia Premier League (NPL) chairman Patrick Kauta and former head of the Northern East First Division Mpasi Haingura’s appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the Namibia Football Association (NFA) was on Friday thrown out by CAS after the two appellants failed to pay their advance of costs on time.
Despite a strongly held demographic prejudice, the village town of Katima Mulilo in the far north east region has in the past produced a significant number of great athletes though some of them went unnoticed. Those that spring to mind are; Boston Muyambango Likando, Kayo Munyaza, Oscar Mulonda, Given Numwa and lately, the highly rated Namibian international Ryan Simasiku Nyambe. Sadly only a handful made it into the country’s elite football league with great aplomb. Apart from the quartet led by the GOAT Likando, Munyaza, Numwa and Nyambe, the only other genuinely recognized footballer from that neck of the woods is none other than lanky forward Agenda Matongo, also known as “Kookwater”. We caught up with the retired speedy winger as he relives his amazing football journey that saw him leaving seasoned robust defenders for dead, showing them a clean pair of heels with blistering speed.
As the deadly Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage world economies and industries with its sharp invisible claws, Namibia’s leading para-athlete Johannes Nambala is calling upon all local athletes affected by the widespread coronavirus to register and make prudent use of government’s Emergency Income Grant.
South African boxing great and renowned trainer, Brian Mitchell, in a recent interview with Africa’s leading sport broadcaster Supersport, said Namibia’s legendary boxer Harry Simon remains one of the greatest boxers he has ever trained.
First and foremost, I would like to salute every Namibian that had a dream to succeed in their sport talent but never manifested due to various reasons, and hence decided to pursue a career in coaching.
The Namibia Football Association (NFA) will this coming Thursday meet with new Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service to pave way for a mutual working relationship, while also working on modalities around the association’s three cases at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
To take Namibian sports to the desired heights, teamwork and unwavering dedication from all stakeholders will be needed throughout every step of the way, newly-appointed Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Agnes Tjongarero asserted.
As if the past weekend without live sports was not miserable enough, now one has to negotiate the next three weeks indoors. A perfect recipe for one to slit their wrists, right?
American tennis star Serena Wiliams was ‘shook’ to learn Wimbledon 2020 had been cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic. The UK is on lockdown and Wimbledon has been the latest casualty in sport to fall victim of the coronavirus crisis.
Football will be totally different when it eventually resumes after the coronavirus outbreak, the head of global soccer body Fifa Gianni Infantino said.
Bayern Munich have fined defender Jerome Boateng for leaving the city “without permission”, an act in breach of the strict rules of confinement imposed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A product of the unofficial school of excellence, the revered St. Josephs Secondary School (Dobra) situated north east of Namibia’s commercial capital Windhoek, former African Stars and Life Fighters football clubs midfield anchorman Benestus Riundjua ‘Clave” Herunga, is a chap of the old block. His genes dictated that he would be a footballer of note, after all, elder brother the late Boas “Mboroto” Herunga, was an acrobatic shot-stopper with ambitious Katutura outfit Flames and Windhoek City back in the day. Younger brother Pulelee Herunga counts amongst the most promising young centre backs of his generation in the business. The strongly built calculated fellow’s much travelled football career was curtailed by persistent hobbling from town to town, a culmination of work commitment as a banker taking him to various towns across the width and length of his motherland. Here’s his full story about his football journey.
The financially crippled Namibia Football Association (NFA) is facing heated pressure and is at loggerheads with former and current technical staff members of the Brave Warriors, who are all claiming the NFA still owes them in excess of N$3.3 million but the local football federation on the other hand insists that it only owes the staff N$1.3 million.
Former Marseille president Pape Diouf has died aged 68 after contracting coronavirus, the club have announced. The Senegalese was president between 2005 and 2009 when Marseille finished second in Ligue 1 twice and reached two French Cup finals.
A total of five Namibian rugby internationals were among the passengers that landed at the Hosea Kutako International Airport last week Wednesday, returning home from their various Covid-19 struck foreign territories.
Social media has changed the way that we look at many things in today’s society, including how we look at sports. Many people are now looking at social media to help them find sports results, chat with other sport fans and even follow or like their favorite sporting stars, all options which a few years ago would not have even been possible.
Namibia’s legendary sprinter Frank Fredericks, along with a horde of other global sport icons, have taken the lead role in motivating, educating and cheering athletes on during this dark period of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has sent thousands of athletes into self-isolation the world over.
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says it would only be “fair” for rivals Liverpool to be awarded the English Premier League trophy if the season cannot be completed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Tennis world No 1 Novak Djokovic pledged one million euros ($1.10 million) to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment in his native Serbia on Friday, joining a list of other athletes in the fight against coronavirus.
KOTA KINABALU – Namibian international midfielder Petrus ‘Dancing Shoes’ Shitembi is glad to have made the “right decision” to play for Sabah FC in the highly competitive Malaysian Super League and contributing to the club’s campaign this season.
THERE are things that simply blow you away, like reading about the enduring impact you have made on other people’s lives, through simply doing your work.
For the first time ever since his release from prison in 2009, Namibia’s boxing legend and two-time world champion, Harry ‘The Terminator’ Simon, has publicly opened up about his trials and tribulations as a boxer and how prison impacted his outlook on life.
Chairperson of the outgoing Fifa-installed Normalisation Committee for the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Hilda Basson-Namundjebo yesterday spoke at length with New Era Sport about her tenure as interim head of NFA and how she impacted change at the local football federation.
Former Chief Santos flying winger Conrad “Safari” Angula is better known as a veteran sports scribe, but many are not fully aware of his amazing exploits on the football field during his younger days in the copper mining town of Tsumeb, back in the day.
While a sizeable number of the top football leagues across the globe shut down activities in their respective leagues over the deadly pandemic, some have resolved to carry on with slight adjustments, such as playing league matches behind closed doors.
Many countries have declared lockdowns and people are not allowed to leave their homes due to the deadly Covid-19 virus. Don’t you think this is the right time to adopt a home workout routine for yourself?
OMUTHIYA – The Omuthiya Bikers’ Club is appealing to all Good Samaritans to assist with securing a storage container for their growing number of bikes, saying the garage they are currently using at a private residence can no longer withstand the mounting number.
WITH the commencement of the 2020 Olympics Games yet to be decided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), para-athletes the world over are also waiting in the wings with bated breathe for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to pronounce itself on the 2020 Paralympic Games amidst the widespread coronavirus that has halted sport globally.
Speaking to New Era Sport from her base in coronavirus-hit Spain, Brave Gladiators poster-girl Zenatha Coleman yesterday narrated how the virus has wreck havoc in that country’s football leagues and almost all public systems, sending thousands into total lockdown in fear of further infections.
Arguably one of very few local successful athletes of all time, former coastal giants Eleven Arrows, Scottish club Motherwell FC and Brave Warriors legendary versatile winger Eliphas Kambuta Shivute, aka “Safile”, remains level-headed and is currently a successful businessman in the northern part of the country. Unlike many of his generational peers who have gone the wrong way upon expiry of their playing days, the bulky forward has shown that there is indeed a certain degree of decent life after football. Having played professional football in different continents across the globe, including Asia and Europe, Shivute has put his earnings to good use and many aspiring young athletes, footballers in particular can take a leaf out of his book.
Hi everyone, welcome to another instalment to my weekly column, Ryan’s Corner. It’s a tough time the world over right now, as all countries are battling with the widespread of the deadly coronavirus. I hope everyone back home in Namibia has been keeping safe and following all set preventative and responsive measures as announced by government.
Cricket Namibia (CN) has expressed satisfaction with its schools outreach development programme, which started last year with the aim of creating awareness, develop and grow the game of cricket at school level and communities.
Stephanie Munageni Katusuva, a 12-year-old self-taught gymnast from Oshiteyi village in the Omusati region, recently became the recipient of a scholarship from Olympic Solidarity through the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC).
Namibia Schools Sport Union (NSSU) Kavango East regional chairperson, Chris Shindendere, wants the region to be counted amongst the best on the local sports scene and become one of the foremost providers of world-class athletes for the country. Speaking to New Era Sport from his base in Rundu yesterday, Shindendere who was elected Kavango East regional chairperson last November, shared his vision for the region and the heights he plans to take the region’s sports to in the near future.
The Namibia Football Association (NFA) yesterday announced the withdrawal of the Brave Warriors from next month’s African Nations Championship (Chan) tournament, scheduled for 4–25 April in Cameroon. The withdrawal was prompted by the widespread coronavirus outbreak.
A Mind Sport is a game of skill where the competition is based on a particular type of the intellectual ability as opposed to physical exercise. The objective in mind sports is to test mental strength rather than physical strength.
After President Hage Geingob announced on Saturday that government has banned all mass gatherings for 30 days, clamped down on inbound and outbound travels to and from Qatar, Ethiopia and Germany for a period of 30 days as well as cancelling Namibia’s 30th independence celebrations scheduled for 21 March, the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) yesterday strongly followed up on that decree.
The Court of arbitration for Sport (Cas) has given the Namibia Football Association (NFA) until Thursday this week to provide or submit audio recordings, transcribed record, minutes and all relevant documents pertaining to the vetting process of this year’s NFA elective congress.
On Saturday, government announced that Namibia has recorded her first cases of the deadly coronavirus after a couple from Romania who arrived in the country on Wednesday both tested positive and have been quarantined.
The outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, which has infected more than 132,000 people globally and spread to at least 120 countries worldwide, has also severely crippled sporting events in Namibia. The pandemic is officially known as Covid-19.
Everywhere in the global sphere, countries, people and women are celebrating women’s month. The month of March signifies how far women have come from the days of not being allowed to cast votes or partake in sport events.
Namibia’s undefeated featherweight boxer Sakaria ‘Desert Storm’ Lukas will tomorrow make his much-anticipated American debut at New York’s Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden when he confronts America’s Jessie Magdaleno in what is expected to be a thrilling 10-round featherweight bout.
The name Knowledge Ndunge Ipinge will go down in our national archives as the brave young man who took the bull by its horns, defying old age tradition when he stood as an independent candidate as councilor for Walvis Bay Urban constituency – winning the contest hands down, much to the chagrin of political heavyweights.
Hi everyone, welcome to another instalment of my weekly column Ryan’s Corner. The world over, sport is faced with one of the biggest and scariest challenges called the coronavirus.
Just less than a year ago, local golfing sensation Likius “Puyol” Nande, was hailed as the best thing that could have happened to Namibian sport after the legendary Frank Fredericks.
World Boxing Organization (WBO) Global junior lightweight champion, Jeremiah Nakathila, who was initially scheduled to fight South Africa’s Rofhiwa Maemu in the Independence Boxing Bonanza later this month, will now face a new opponent.
Chairperson of the Junior Tennis Committee of the Namibia Tennis Association (NTA), Santie van der Walt, has expressed satisfaction with the growth of tennis in the country after the successful hosting of two well-attended tournaments at Swakopmund and Windhoek recently. Speaking to New Era Sport yesterday, Van der Walt said tennis in Namibia has over the past years grown and many people are now starting to take tennis seriously as a career, especially the youth.
Career achievements: I have a few from netball, hockey and athletics but since I’m full-time playing hockey, I would say my biggest achievement is playing professional hockey in Holland. I became the first Namibian to ever play high-level hockey.
After hosting an intensive training camp, Netball Namibia (NN) has announced a provisional 24-member squad in preparation for Namibia’s participation in the upcoming U/21 World Cup qualifiers slated for Uganda in May.
Good day my people, welcome to another addition of My Weekly Takeaway. Today’s deposit is focused on how to avoid choking in sport competition.
Namibia’s undefeated featherweight boxer Sakaria ‘Desert Storm’ Lukas yesterday jetted off to New York, US, for his highly-anticipated10-round featherweight mega-fight against America’s Jessie Magdaleno this coming weekend at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Namibian football is a great deal of gratitude indebted to Julien Garises, the slightly built soft-spoken madam, who has almost single-handedly masterminded the birth of women football. Garises will go down in history as the first female to be elected to the traditionally male-dominated Namibia Football Association (NFA) executive. Women football in Namibia would not have made significant strides locally and abroad had Julien Garises not been born
Let me take this opportunity to welcome and congratulate Ranga Haikali for landing football’s plum position following his election as president of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), after what turned out to be a one-horse race for the presidency.
Hi my people, welcome to another installment of my weekly column Ryan’s Corner. I had a few busy days finishing off some university course work. This week I want to have a light conversation about life and what it takes to succeed as a footballer in this highly competitive footballing world.
My name is Luciano Ronaldo Isaaks, born and raised in Windhoek but hail from a small southern town of Maltahöhe. I am currently a second year law student at the University of Namibia (Unam), majoring in arbitration and dispute resolution.
The Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) yesterday announced the Brazilian Eighth Criminal Chamber of the Court of Justice this week acquitted Namibian amateur boxer Jonas Junias Jonas of sexual assault charges.
Namibia Football Association (NFA) president-elect, Ranga Haikali, yesterday moved swiftly to distance himself from growing accusations linking him to a group of Namibia Premier League (NPL) clubs planning to move a motion of no confidence in reigning NPL chairperson Patrick Kauta.
President of the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC), Abner Xoagub, yesterday maintained that the country’s preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will continue as planned, despite the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
Boxing promoter and coach Nestor Tobias says boxer Harry Simon Jr, the son of the former world champion Harry Simon, is ready for his much-awaited fight against South African opponent Jabulani Makhensi.
Most medications on the prohibited list can be bought at a pharmacy, so they must be safe to use, right?
‘Just look at the attendance; women sports do not generate enough interest,’ that is the common phrase used when Namibians’ attend women sporting events in the country.
In order to fully deliver on all fronts of sports development and build state-of-the-art facilities across the country, the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service – on behalf of the Namibian government – will need the unwavering assistance of local and international partners.
I’m crying for my beloved cousin, Nokokure, aka “Bomber” who has unexpectedly taken a bow from the game of life.
Namibia senior football side, the Brave Warriors, will this weekend head to the northern town of Oshakati for two friendly matches against teams from that neck of the woods, as coach Bobby Samaria takes his home-based players through the ropes before a final squad for the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals is announced.
Sports minister Erastus Uutoni yesterday called on newly-elected president of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Ranga Haikali, to prioritise and continuously strive for inclusiveness when executing his duties at Football House in Katutura.
KEETMANSHOOP - !Nami#nus constituency councillor, Jan Scholtz said participating in sports can make young girls healthier, adjust their level of social skills and sustain a positive mental health.
Career achievements: Top goal scorer for Gintra Universitetas, won Championship with Gintra Universitetas, played in the UEFA women’s champions’ league and scored in all games through to the round of 16, scored an amazing 65 goals in 2016, was voted top-5 best African women player.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the suspended Namibia Premier League (NPL), Harald Fuelle, says the league’s leadership is willing and ready to listen to whatever positive proposal newly elected president of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) may have, but maintained they will not be bullied into making depraved decisions.
We often hear about people who are born with amazing talent and skills in a particular area, marathon runners, boxers, basketball players and soccer players, the list goes on. The reality of this situation is that talent is a small part of the equation.
Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Erastus Uutoni applauded the Namibia Basketball Federation (NBF) for the work done in developing basketball over the years, but however challenged the federation to redouble its efforts by taking basketball to all corners of the country.
Tomorrow’s elective congress of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) will be a hotly contested two-horse race between Ranga Haikali and Johnny Johnson Doeseb, following the unceremonious withdrawal of Izak Fredericks and Mabos Vries from the association’s presidential race.
Back in the day, the then newly built town of Arandis, holed up in the Namib Desert was the preferred destination for many unemployed young locals in search of pastures green, fleeing from their traditional habitats to better their lifestyle in the new mining town.
Let me first welcome you all to the second instalment of my weekly column, Ryan’s Corner, and today I will focus on the basics and the importance of self-care as an athlete.
Well, yours truly is not an expert in legal matters nor am I exactly conversant with legal terms but having spent a significant chunk of my formative years in the good company of “larneys” I’ve a fairly decent understanding of the Queen’s tongue, so to speak.
Chairperson of the Fifa-installed Normalisation Committee (NC) for the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Hilda Basson-Namundjebo, yesterday reiterated her plea to the headship of the suspended Namibia Premier League (NPL) for renewed roundtable talks, following the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the NPL’s urgent appeal with costs.
Brave Warriors interim coach Bobby Samaria has welcome the 2020 African Nations Championship (Chan) draw with mixed feelings, saying Namibia will be in for a tough ride but maintains it will equally be a good opportunity for charges to go one better.
Before enrolling for my B.Ed honours in Sports Education at the University of Namibia (Unam), some of my relatives didn’t understand where the major would take me, with questions such as how this would lead to a career.
Eighteen years ago, young Roodly Gowaseb sat in the back seat of a car, most probably thinking back on the last football game he played for his club Nampol at the time
With the highly anticipated Namibia Football Association (NFA) 28th Ordinary Elective Congress slated for this coming Saturday, 22 February, New Era Sport takes you, our esteemed reader, through the processes and procedures followed by the NFA when conducting an election.
This year’s edition of Namibia’s biggest cycling road race, the Nedbank Cycle Challenge, saw a slight decline in the number of participants when compared to previous editions.
Although there is a significant rise in the number of women and girls participating in sport, particularly in sport codes that were traditionally considered as masculine-only sports (football, cricket and basketball), there has not been a satisfactory upsurge in the number of women taking up coaching roles in those respective sports – be it at community or elite levels in Namibia.
Namibia Football Association (NFA) presidential candidate, Johnny Johnson Doëseb, strongly believes that if Namibian football revives its ailing fortunes, a new leadership with a clear purpose and a proven plan of action at the troubled Football House in Katutura will be of critical importance.
For countless weeks now, if not months, the media and the general public have been on their knees requesting and begging all four candidates running for the Namibia Football Association (NFA) presidential seat to come forth and share their respective manifestos with all Namibians, especially those in the football fraternity.
Namibia’s WBO Global Jr lightweight champion, Jeremiah “Low-Key” Nakathila and his compatriot Mike “Silent Assassin” Shonena will be the main two acts when the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy & Fitness Academy host its annual Independence Boxing Bonanza next month.
Welcome to Ryan’s Corner! This is my first instalment of my new weekly column. I am Ryan Nyambe, just a young normal Namibian living his football dream in the United Kingdom (UK) playing professionally for English Championship club Blackburn Rovers.
Despite the dismal performance at last year’s Rugby World in Japan and the unceasing internal bickering at the headquarters of the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU), the country’s senior rugby side, the Welwitschias, this week received a massive morale boost.
Young athletes, those who partake in football, basketball, boxing and other sports, dream of having professional careers someday.
Cohen Fistball Club (CFC) kicked off its 2020 Bank Windhoek Fistball League campaign on a high note over the weekend in Swakopmund when they retained the Opening Tournament trophy after a gripping comeback against bitter rivals Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) 1, who took the Category-A final match to the wire.
Video: Defying gravity through parkour to cleanse the mind
With the Namibia Premier League (NPL) suspended and future prospects currently bleak, local football fanatics have turned to the newly-established Windhoek Super League (WSL), which is a community football league comprising of 20 teams.
A total of 23 swimmers will represent Namibia at this year’s Confédération Africaine de Nation (Cana) Zone IV Swimming Championships in Gaborone, Botswana, starting this month.
I’m a firm believer in gender equality, empowering women and strongly passionate about equal rights, equal pay and equal recognition not only when it comes to female athletes but for women in general. I have a five-year old daughter and I hope one day she will love sports as much as I do.
Former African Stars Football Club midfield general Sadrag “Zico” Tjazerua might have hogged the limelight during an illustrious football career but elder brothers the late Sigu Himeekua Ngeendepi, Kasper and Sergius Kazanduki Tjazerua, were also notable footballers in their own right.
Former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa middleweight world champion, Lukas “The Demolisher” Ndafoluma yesterday promised to put up a great show when he takes on Tanzanian opponent Meshack Mwankemwa for the WBO Africa middleweight title in April, while his compatriot Nathie Kakololo will soon embark on a grand mission when he confronts South Africa’s Lerato Dlamini.
The continued war of words between the country’s football leaders is having a negative impact on the livelihood of footballers whose existence depends entirely on their god-given talent of chasing leather.
Success in any sporting discipline, tennis included, lies in setting up proper infrastructure and adequately investing in human capital, Swiss tennis great Roger Federer strongly believes.
The first instalment of the 2020 Bank Windhoek Long Course Gala, the third for the season, took place this past weekend at the Olympia Municipal Pool in Windhoek. Despite a month-long break, swimmers put in great performances and broke six individual records; one from the women’s and five from the men’s events.
The 2020 edition of the ever-growing annual Sanlam Coastal Marathon will this year take place on Independence Day, 21 March at Swakopmund.
Students and busy working professionals find it hard to fit exercise into their hectic schedules, but taking time for exercise actually increases mental acuity.
One of Namibia’s most promising Paralympics wheelchair cyclists, Roodley Gowaseb, who is set to compete in the Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge in South Africa on the 23th of this month, says his target at the coming competition is to qualify for the Virgin London Marathon Games slated for later this year in the UK.
Namibia stands to be one of the beneficiaries from the proposed Federation of International Football Associations’ (Fifa) billion-dollar investment initiatives for Africa, which will see the world’s football governing body building at least one world-class stadium for each of the 54 member associations from the continent.
WINDHOEK – Global tennis icon and 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will this week embark on his famous Africa Tour, which will also see him play his first-ever match in Sub-Saharan Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, this coming Friday.
WINDHOEK – Former Namibia Football Association (NFA) president Frans Mbidi yesterday distanced himself from mounting allegations that he and fellow Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) executive members maliciously pocketed thousands of dollars in allowances last year.
The late radio Otjiherero (Omurari) sport anchor Kaomo Kahorongo was a cut from a different cloth. The bulky announcer would made listeners seat and have their ears glued to their cheap small FM radios as he narrates live sport gatherings across the length of the country.
WINDHOEK – Namibian cricketer Jean-Pierre Kotze has received recognition from the renowned American Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN), after the 25-year old wicket keeper was nominated for the ESPNcricinfo Awards in the Performance of the Year category.
WINDHOEK – Football remains the world’s most popular sport code with an estimated four billion fans across the globe, and while many of the beautiful game’s top names are the most recognisable faces on the planet, they are many a time not always viewed as citadels of intelligence and responsibility.
WINDHOEK – Reigning Namibia Premier League (NPL) champions Black Africa Football Club leads a group of clubs that have intensified their defiance with the leadership of the suspended NPL, after the league’s top-brass on Friday wrote to all member clubs instructing them to get started with pre-season activities.
WINDHOEK –The ensuing brouhaha in the aftermath of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) presidential race, has prompted local football critics to join a chorus of discontent.
Namibia’s second largest harbour town Lüderitz, located on the remote south/east Atlantic Ocean has been for years unintentionally isolated in many aspects of life.
Yours truly has been following with keen interest the nonsense spewed by Namibian rugby “icon” one Jacques Burger, unfairly castigating our rugby bosses at Lichtenstein-Strasse without providing tangible solutions.
WINDHOEK – Despite being drawn in a relatively tough group, local pundits yesterday said Namibia can surprise many and qualify to the next African round of qualification towards the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar.
OKAHANDJA – Retired African Stars and Liverpool Football Club’s star defender Albert Tjihero has joined the chorus of disgruntled former footballers calling for a complete overhaul of domestic football.
Well-travelled former Eleven Arrows Football Club agile shot stopper Immanuel Mokanya Gottlieb, aka “Sparks” will go down in history as one of the finest net-guards Namibia has ever unearthed.
Literature teaches us various forms of state capture involving diverse strategies and methods aimed at strengthening the objectives of certain institutions and individuals.
WINDHOEK - In a new twist of events, former Namibia Football Association (NFA) honcho Frans Mbidi has thrown his name in the hat and counts amongst a list of ten nominees for the NFA plum seat.
WINDHOEK – Namibia’s young international defender Ryan Nyambe is well on the mend and on the rim of brushing off a niggling hamstring injury, which saw him limp off during Blackburn Rovers 0-0 draw against Wigan Athletic on 23 December.
WINDHOEK – Following MTC’s affirmation that it will neither renew nor extend its sponsorship agreement with the Namibia Premier League (NPL) at the end of the yet-to-start 2019/20 season, co-sponsor of the country’s flagship football league FNB Namibia says it is gravely concerned about the league’s dormancy.
When legendary Queen rock band front man and astute songwriter, the late Freddie Mercury, penned the hit song, ‘Another one bites the dust’, he must have had footballers in mind, notably from the shores of his birth continent (Africa) given the alarming rate at which Namibian footballers are going west.
I took note of the NPL’s position paper on promotion and relegation through social media platforms and denounce it in its entirety – I am not impressed. This position paper is the biggest joke I have ever encountered in Namibian football history.
WINDHOEK – One of Namibia’s world renowned football referees Nehemiah Shovaleka and Jonas Shongedi are top of Namibia’s list for the International Football Referees list while six assistants and four female match officials make the Fifa list for 2020.
WINDHOEK - The Brave Warriors will learn about their opponents for the second round of the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers in January, when the much anticipated draw is conducted.
WINDHOEK - Advisor to the Namibia Cycling Federation (NCF), Rolf Adrian, has hailed 2019 as a year that was filled with unimpeded growth for the local cycling fraternity, which saw Namibia earn four spots for cycling at next year’s Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan.