• October 17th, 2019

Sports

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NVF Cup announces top eight teams

WINDHOEK - The top eight volleyball clubs in this year’s Bank Windhoek Namibia Volleyball Federation (NVF) Cup hosted in Otjiwarongo over the weekend, have managed to book their places in the semi-final round.

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Katjiteo, Hambira join TS Sporting  in SA

WINDHOEK – Brave Warriors bourgeoning stalwart defender Charles Hambira and fellow national team star     Wesley ‘Ballack’ Katjiteo both secured contracts with South African National First Division (NFD) football club TS Sporting.

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Regional Netball Championships start today

WINDHOEK – The much-anticipated Debmarine Namibia Senior Regional Netball Championships will officially kick off today, with host region and reigning champions Khomas commencing their title defence with a vital clash against Erongo at the Khomasdal Stadium netball courts.

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RIP Ruby Kamulu, football legend takes a bow from game of life 1945 – 2019

As a football-crazy youngster, the author had the privilege of watching exciting Swakopmund outfit Atlanta Chiefs Football Club in action during dozens of matches in the popular knockout cup tournaments at the old Katutura stadium in the late sixties. What struck me most was a light-skinned bow-legged midfielder who was all over the field, dishing out telling passes, marking and shooting from range with both feet. The Chiefs all-rounder was none other than Ruben Kamulu, aka “Ruby”.

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Khomas crowned Skorpion Zinc Cup champions

WINDHOEK- After four days of gruelling action, Khomas Region yesterday saved the best for last when they defeated Omaheke Region 3-0 to be crowned champions of the popular NFA/Skorpion Zinc U/17 Cup in a thrilling final at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the capital.

Namibia to face rivals South Africa tomorrow

WINDHOEK – The Namibia senior women’s hockey team will be looking to bounce back from a narrow 1-0 defeat against Kenya in their opening match of the ongoing African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 when they square off against regional foes South Africa tomorrow in Stellenbosch.

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I will apply for Warriors job – Samaria

WINDHOEK – Brave Warriors interim mentor Bobby Samaria yesterday didn’t make a secret of his desire to coach the men’s senior national team on a long-term basis, saying if an opportunity arises to permanently become head coach he will seize it.

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Sports Expo registration deadline nigh

WINDHOEK – The closure of registration dates for would-be exhibitors at Namibia’s first ever sports expo, which will take place in September this year, are fast approaching as the initially deadline for registration is July 31.

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Welsh legend McIntosh joins Welwitschias coaching unit

WINDHOEK – The Namibian senior rugby side, the Welwitschias, has bolstered its coaching department with the addition of Welsh legend Dale McIntosh to the technical division, with McIntosh’s arrival expected to further boost Namibia’s chances at this year’s World Cup in Japan.

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Stars denies talks with Ghanaian coach Akonnor

WINDHOEK – Despite multiple reports by various credible Ghanaian media outlets that Namibian football club African Stars is in advanced talks with former Asante Kotoko FC head coach, Charles Kwablan “CK” Akonnor, Stars yesterday denied any links with the Ghanaian native.

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When logic and loyalty collide

Let me let the cat out of the bag, there are two local football teams that are very close to my heart since I was a young boy, hardly out of my pair of shorts, they are; Blue Waters and Orlando Pirates. Please don’t ask me how come and why? Firstly, I grew up within a multicultural society in my village //Xaire (Okatupapa) where tribe was immaterial.

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Winless Welwitschias face unbeaten Pumas tomorrow

Windhoek – Namibia’s rugby second stringers, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias, will tomorrow continue with their hunt for an elusive first win in the ongoing Supersport Rugby Challenge when they lock horns against unbeaten ISG Pumas at the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Copa Coca-Cola returns  to Namibia

WINDHOEK – Global youth football competition, the Copa Coca-Cola U/15 tournament, was this week launched in Namibia’s metropolis and is set to make a return to the country after an absence of more than ten years.

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Warriors ready to douse the Flames of Malawi

Following Sunday’s hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Mambas of Mozambique in their 2019 Cosafa Cup opening match, Brave Warriors assistant coach Colin Benjamin has cautioned his charges against taking the foot off the paddle when they face the Flames of Malawi tonight at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban, South Africa.

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NPL will relegate teams but promotions still unclear…ad-hoc committee installed to resolve NFD issue

WINDHOEK – After weeks of uncertainty, the executive committee of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) yesterday finally announced that for this season – which ends on Sunday – the league will relegate the bottom three teams, including demoted Young African FC, but the promotion of teams still hangs in the balance due to an inactive National First Division (NFD). 

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FNB Classic Clashes kicks off with a bang

Windhoek – The popular FNB Classic Clashes kicked off with a bang over the weekend, which saw Grootfontein Agri College rugby team overpowering Windhoek Technical High School by 25-15 to start off their campaign on a high note.

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Starlile subdue Tigers to win Standard Bank Top-8 Cup

WINDHOEK – Two crucial goals from Image Isaacks and Crispin Mbewe, coupled with the club’s sheer determination to finish the season on a high after having earlier lost out on the league title, helped propel African Stars to a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Tigers on Saturday in the maiden Standard Bank Top-8 Cup.

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Cometh the hour, cometh the lady

It’s quite amazing how times can fly, yours truly vividly remembers the day when a young skinny shy girl showed her competitors a clean pair of heels to clinch victory in the junior section of the maiden edition of the prestigious annual Old Mutual Victory Race series in Oshakati, more than two decades gone.

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ACC goes after Brave Warriors team manager Isaacs

WINDHOEK – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigations into the internal affairs of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) has taken a fresh twist, as the Namibian anti-graft body is now in hot pursuit of Brave Warriors Team Manager Tim Isaacs, New Era Sport has learnt.

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Upgrade sport facilities through PPPs - Tjongarero

WINDHOEK - Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Agnes Tjongarero says the time is ripe to approach sport development creatively and has called on the regional chairpersons responsible for sport at various towns across the country to be innovative when addressing the shortage of sport facilities.

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Sternagel opens throttle for revived Moto-X champs

SWAKOPMUND - The revival of the 2019 Moto-X Namibian Championships has opened the throttle on some fierce competition amongst the ‘big guns’ this year, in particular the unbeatable ‘King of the Dirt’ champ Mark Sternagel, who is flying high for a long-awaited title win. 

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Ageless Johannes wins Spar 10km Women’s Challenge

WINDHOEK – Namibian veteran long distance queen Helalia Johannes – at the age of 38 – remains unstoppable and continues to defy Mother Nature with her commanding exploits on the track, and on Saturday she once again reminded all and sundry that more is yet to come.

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Welwitschias seek to bounce back against Blue Bulls

WINDHOEK – Following last weekend’s 23-40 defeat against visiting South African club Xerox Golden Lions XV at home, Namibia’s second-string rugby side, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias, will tomorrow be away at Loftus Versveld in Pretoria where they face the Vodacom Blue Bulls for their second SuperSport Rugby Challenge encounter.

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Bowling team upbeat ahead of World Qualifier  

WINDHOEK – The unavoidable withdrawal bowls partners Graham Snyman and Will Esterhuizen (jnr) from the men’s national bowls team set to partake in the Atlantic Championships, slated for Wales next month, has obliged national selectors to call the pairing of Will’s old man, Willie Esterhuizen and JP Fouche as successors.

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Welwitschias face Golden Lions tomorrow

WINDHOEK – Namibia’s second-string rugby side, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias, will tomorrow kick off their 2019 SuperSport Rugby Challenge campaign with a crucial clash against visiting South African outfit Xerox Golden Lions at  Windhoek’s Hage Geingob Stadium at 16h00.

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Afcon, Rugby World Cup participation in jeopardy, says Uutoni

WINDHOEK – In his 14-page Budget Motivation speech in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Erastus Uutoni said the N$286 million allocated to his ministry for the 2019/20 fiscal year will not be sufficient to amply prepare the country’s various national teams for participation at important international events.

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Dr Sam Nujoma Half Marathon next month

WINDHOEK – Local telecommunications giant MTC, in collaboration with Athletics Namibia (AN), yesterday officially launched the 8th edition of the Dr Sam Nujoma Half Marathon – one of Namibia’s most sought-after race on the country’s athletics calendar.

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Records broken at the West Coast MTB Challenge

WINDHOEK – At around 07h30am last Saturday at the coastal town of Swakopmund, the usual seaside mist was absent that morning, leaving a clear path for the riders for the West Coast MTB Challenge as they looked ahead at what was to be a day when records were to be broken.

Mission accomplished, the final  chapter

It’s with great difficulty as yours truly tries by all means to wrestle and hold back tears of joy, ecstasy and above all, a certain measure of massive disappointment, wheel-barrowed by a pinch of bitterness scrolling down my advancing cheeks.

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Who are you to instruct us? NPL tells NC where to get off

WINDHOEK – Following the Fifa/NFA Normalisation Committee’s call for the Namibia Premier League (NPL) to reinstate demoted club Young African FC back into the league with effect until the NFA Appeals Committee has taken a decision on the club’s future, the league has responded to the committee with a big NO!.

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Simon Jnr challenges Indongo

WINDHOEK – With the Namibia junior welterweight title in the bag and a clean record in nine professional fights, Harry Simon Jnr says he is ready to clean up the local welterweight division but before moving on to conquer the global arena, he first wants to take Namibia’s former triple world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo to the cleaners.

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//Kharas governor pledges N$30 000 towards regional team

KEETMANSHOOP- When the //Kharas regional football team left the region to participate in this year’s annual The Namibian Newspaper Cup, //Kharas Governor Lucia Basson’s mission statement to the team was very short and clear, she said: “The best team must not win, //Kharas Region must win the tournament.”

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Omaruru Spar Cycle Challenge this weekend

WINDHOEK – The 18th edition of the Omaruru Spar Cycle Challenge – one of the country’s leading cycling competitions – was officially launched in the capital yesterday. As is customary, the race is slated for the town of Omaruru this weekend and according to chief organiser of the event Berthold Karumendu, a much bigger and better event is expected.

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NFA orders NPL to reinstate Young African

WINDHOEK – The Fifa Normalisation Committee for the Namibia Football Association (NFA) has ordered the Namibia Premier League (NPL) to reinstate demoted Gobabis-based club Young African back into the league until the NFA Appeals Committee has pronounced itself on the club’s future.

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Johannes wins Two Oceans Half Marathon

WINDHOEK – Namibia’s empress of long distance running Helalia Johannes on Saturday delivered a sterling performance to outclass a strong field of equally prodigious runners to win the 21-km half marathon of the prestigious Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town.

Time to compete, mere participation must fall!!!

So, Namibia will be fully represented in a pair of major August sport gatherings this year following our national senior football and rugby fifteen side the Welwitschias and the Brave Warriors qualification for the Rugby World Cup in Japan and the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt, respectively.

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Deadly ‘Pikes’, red-hot Hotto score match-winning goals

WINDHOEK – Brave Warriors pair of the foreign legion Peter ‘Pikes’ Shalulile and Deon Hotto-Kavendjii were both in devastating form, scoring match-winning goals for their respective clubs Highlands Park and Bidvest Wits University in the stinking rich South African Professional Soccer League (PSL) last weekend.

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Coleman promises more against Botswana tonight

WINDHOEK - Brave Gladiators captain Zenatha Coleman says scoring an early goal and tightening their performance in all departments will be a key ingredient in beating visiting Botswana in the second leg of their 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualifier tonight at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 18h30.

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Throwback with the roaring “Big Cat” in the Jungle....Stanley “Tiger” Goagoseb

Back in the day, recreational establishments were called into life strictly on the basis of tribal affiliation and family attachment, nothing more, and nothing less. If you were a young aspiring footballer and happened to reside in the Nama section or adjacent Damara location in the vast populated Katutura township for natives – your ultimate destination would have been already determined by design.

Schools Basketball League kicks off

WINDHOEK - The Namibia Basketball School League (NBSL) kicked off with several matches on display, attracting teams from local public primary and high schools comprising of players from as young as 9-year old competing in the Under-11 division while 18-year olds played in the Underr-19 age category, in Windhoek last weekend.

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Namibia impress at Int’l Basketball Tourney in SA

MAFEKING - A total of 15 athletes, 5 girls and 10 boys, all learners of the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS) got up very early, despite the hectic school calendar’s promise of a long weekend on the occasion of the Namibian Independence Anniversary Celebrations.

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