• December 16th, 2019

Sports

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Farewell to the ‘Bukalo Eagle’ Alfred Akayombokwa Munyaza

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.

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Shovaleka leads referees on Fifa list

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.

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Namibia in action today against Uganda, Ethiopia

Kenya – Team Namibia, which will represent the country at this year’s Copa Coca Cola Africa Cup in Kenya, arrived yesterday in Thika and is ready to knuckle down to business at the youth football tournament; it officially kicks off today in the East African country. 

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Muramba United benefit from Nyambe’s donation

WINDHOEK- Muramba United, a football team comprising of underprivileged players residing in the informal settlement of Okahandja Park on the outskirts of Namibia’s metropolis Windhoek, recently benefited handsomely from a donation of modern soccer boots donated by Brave Warriors England-based defender Ryan Nyambe.

Opinion: Namibian football scored an own goal

It is no longer a secret that globally football is marred by an avalanche of controversies and scandals such as corruption, maladministration, fraud, power struggles and many a time outright incompetence by those entrusted to smoothly run the game for the benefit of the masses.

Pambeni will face a beast against Nakathila – Kaperu

WINDHOEK - One of Namibia’s top boxing trainers and former boxer, Siegfried “SBK” Kaperu, yesterday warned Zimbabwean fighter Peter “Sniper” Pambeni to brace himself for a gigantic battle when he faces Namibia’s reigning WBO Global junior super featherweight champion, Jeremiah “Lowkey” Nakathila.

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FNB school tennis league a perfect stringboard

WINDHOEK - The FNB National Tennis School League, which took place over the weekend in the capital, attracted a massive number of participants as competition was tough. Participants comprised of the best of the best from the Khomas, Kunene and Otjozondjupa regions and games were played at Suiderhof.

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We need to improve our finishing - Samaria

WINDHOEK - Brave Warriors interim coach Bobby Samaria blamed Saturday’s 2-0 defeat against Zambia on his team’s poor finishing in front of the goal. The 2-0 loss saw Namibia fail to retain the Dr Hage Geingob Cup, which they won last year.

Opinion: A perfect point of departure for Cricket Namibia

Being one of the ardent advocates for racial transformation in local sports, I was this week delighted and equally pleased beyond measure to hear that local cricket presiding body Cricket Namibia (CN) has embarked on a transformational journey that will finally see it take cricket to public schools and eventually the masses.

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Magical Rastaman “Kaskas” tells his own story

Many people are unaware that much travelled dreadlocked goal poacher Kaskas Angula, is in Namibian terms, a “Struggle Kid” – albeit a well-behaved one for that matter. The deadly net buster developed vast interest in politics and left his motherland as a fourteen-year-old boy, hardly out of his pair of shorts.

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Opinion: In my country Ghana, football is politic

It is relieving Ghana Football was dissolved a year ago because it was simply anachronistic to the aspirations of the Ghanaian child as well as the Politician. The revolution that occurred was the best drama any football fanatic would wish for after a rather boring political year.

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MTC honours top 13 corporate sport sponsors

WINDHOEK - Namibia’s telecommunications giant MTC, which is the country’s leading sports sponsor, last weekend paid homage and formally recognised 13 other local corporates that have contributed and continue to immensely contribute to the broader agenda of sports development.

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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.