• September 28th, 2020

Sports

Ryan's corner - I’m back!

Let me start by saying ‘Hi everyone’, especially to my fellow Namibians; it has been a while without penning my favourite weekly column, Ryan’s Corner, but I’m back now and I hope to meet you all here every Friday. 

My candid view - The hypocrisy of the eight rogue clubs

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.

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Senior tennis tourney this weekend

The Namibia Tennis Association (NTA) will this weekend host its third senior tournament for the year, with action starting today at the Central Tennis Club, Namibian Police Courts and SKW courts in the capital. 

My candid view - Namibia in need of sports museum, national sports day

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.

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Junior tennis tournament this weekend

Action in the Namibia Tennis Association (NTA) returns this weekend with a junior tournament in the capital, which will mark the return of local tennis action after a month of inactivity due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Vries pens new deal with Swallows

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.

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Opinion - I`m in a state of denial

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. 

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Woody quits as Warriors assistant coach

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.

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Katamba reads riot act to sport administrators

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.

My Candid View - Going against the grain

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.

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Hotto becomes Adidas ambassador

Brave Warriors talisman and South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) club Bidvest Wits winger Deon Hotto has become Namibia’s first ever official Adidas ambassador, the 28-year-old winger announced on his Twitter account yesterday.

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Two leagues unacceptable in Namibia - Fifa

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.

My candid view - Appeals Committee a welcome move

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).

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Moetie U-turns on NFA request

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.

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Blue Waters distances itself from pro-NFA rogue clubs

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.

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HopSol league cancels all fixtures for August

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.

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Okamatapati horse race cancelled

The Okamatapati Horse Racing Club, which was set to host the third horse racing event for the year this coming weekend at the Okamatapati settlement in the Otjozondjupa region, has cancelled the race as a result of the raging Covid-19 pandemic.

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Personality of the week - Mohammed Ouseb

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.

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Reactions to postponement of Sport awards

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).

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My candid view - Why a new NPL is not a bad idea after all

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.

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Sport awards postponed to next year

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.

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Contact sports to take place behind closed doors

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.

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Coleman joins Spanish giants Sevilla

Brave Gladiators poster-girl Zenatha Coleman has found a new home in the Spanish Primera División after the 26-year old Namibian silky striker signed with Sevilla FC Femenino, a few months after parting ways with Valencia Féminas CF.

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Football politics robbing country of talent – Mbaeva

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.

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Bank Windhoek Virtual Relay to donate towards Twaloloka

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.

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Youngsters set Sanlam Junior Tennis Series ablaze

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.

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Namibia misses out on two World Squash Championships

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. 

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Expelled NPL told to vacate Football House

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.

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African Stars, United condemn league expulsion

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.

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Expelling NPL will not solve matters – Naobeb

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.

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Para-athletes have nowhere to train

A local club for para-athletes has been left without training ground after their venue was given up by the authorities to house the homeless as part of government efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Covid claims road races

Three of the most prominent marathon races: the Spar national 10km, Navachab half marathon and the Erongo Powersave Street Mile have all been called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cricket Namibia launches over 40s league

Cricket Namibia (CN) recently launched the over 40s league, aimed at accommodating cricketers above the ages of 40. According to a statement, the over 40s league will accommodate players aged 40 years and older to keep playing the game

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My candid view - Covid-19: Onus is now on athletes to play it safe

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.

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Football icon 'Celle' dies

Journalist Carlos Kambaekwa, reflects on the amazing football journey of former Chief Santos and South West Africa (SWA) sharpshooter Sagarias Auchumeb, better known as Celle in football circles.

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Imms talks MTC sponsorship snub

Namibia’s fast rising boxing trainer-cum-promoter Imms Moses says he has no hard feelings with his promotion not benefiting from the recent N$67.8 million sponsorship from MTC to the sport, arts and fashions sectors.

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Hangana Hake Run & Ride cancelled

WALVIS BAY – The 2020 edition of the Hangana Hake Run & Ride, which is held annually at the coastal town of Walvis Bay, has been called off due to the ongoing spike in positive Covid-19 cases recorded at the coast.

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My candid view - Gratias tibi MTC!

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.

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Sanlam Junior Tennis Tournament next month

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.

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Personality of the week - Annouscka Kordom

Career achievements: 2x Women Super League Champion, Young Player of the Season award with Tura Magic (2016), Second Team All-Conference with Corban University and 2x First Team All-Conference with Corban University in 2017 and 2019.

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De Bruyn remains calm despite T20 World Cup uncertainty

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.

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Up close with Tomi “Tambai” Adams

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.

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Versatile winger Klim signs with Jersey Reds

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.

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Junior tennis tournament starts today

With strict health measures and regulations in place, the Namibia Tennis Association (NTA) will today put shoulder to the wheel when they host the much-anticipated NTA Junior Tournament at four different venues in Windhoek.

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Venter parts ways with Jersey Reds

Namibian rugby star Janco Venter is among the large group of players that were released by English Rugby Football Union (RFU) Championship side Jersey Reds, which campaigns in that country’s second tier rugby league.

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Haufiku hails harmony among boxing promoters

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.  

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I will not be remote controlled - Haikali fumes

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.

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Nauseb backs Hotto’s rumored mega move

Brave Warriors and South African giants Kaizer Chiefs legend Robert Nauseb is backing Deon Hotto’s rumored move to either Mamelodi Sundowns or Orlando Pirates, who are the two main frontrunners for the 28-year old Namibian’s signature.

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Social distancing remains challenge for swimmers

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.

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FNB's N$5 million sponsorship to football in jeopardy

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.

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Stars legendary defender Tjituaiza now a flourishing farmer

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.

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NFA exco decide Cosmos stays on until December

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.

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Coleman confirms Valencia exit

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.

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Vries hails CAF-funded girls tourney

The upcoming Confederation of African Football (CAF) under-15 7-aside Schools Girl Tournament is of vital importance and will go a long way in promoting women football, tournament coordinator Astrid Vries strongly believes.

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Ode to the “Indian Blizzard”: Nathaniel Alele Zico Kapule …1969-2020

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. 

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My weekly take away - What it means to be an athlete

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.

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Tributes pour in for Tigers legend Kapule

Heartfelt tributes yesterday poured in from all corners of the country as Namibian football mourns the untimely death of former Tigers Football Club midfield maestro Nathaniel “Alele” Kapule, who died Sunday at age 51 in Windhoek.

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I won’t work with selfish people – Burger

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.

Keetmans sports stadium to rise from ashes

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. 

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Epukiro Horse Racing Club feeling Covid-19 pinch

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.

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Rundu Chiefs donate food parcels to its players

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.

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‘Proud mommies’ Shipanga, Gertze praise Kordom

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).

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A bird of passage: Willem Tuyoleni Ashipembe aka ‘Ekaku’

 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.

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Personality of the week - Jose Canjulo

Career achievements: Single-handedly placing Namibia third at the Junior Africa Championships and winning a total of eight medals in all races I competed in. I also set a record in the 400m at that competition. 

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Kotjipati making her mark in Germany

Growing up in the small town of Okakarara in the Otjozondjupa region in the southwestern African country of Namibia, football sensation Veweziwa Kotjipati never dreamt she will one day play professional football in Germany. 

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Future of rugby premier league uncertain

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.

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I am confident and happy at Swallows - Vries

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.

Kauta, Haingura CAS appeal thrown out 

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.

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Up close with the ‘Zambezi Bream’ Agenda ‘Magents’ Matongo

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.

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NFA to meet sports minister, hopeful about CAS cases

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).

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Sports development takes teamwork, dedication

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.

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The football playing banker - Riundjua ‘Clave‘ Herunga

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.

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My weekly take away - The significance of social media in sports

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. 

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Omuthiya Bikers Club appeal for assistance

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.

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Para-athletes hanging in the balance …as Covid-19 ravages on

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.

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Basketball School host first-ever symposium

The Namibian Basketball School League (NBSL), under the auspices of the Namibia Basketball Federation (NBF) and in collaboration with the Deutsche Hohere Privatschule (DHPS), recently hosted its first-ever basketball symposium.

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Coleman in self-quarantine

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.

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In conversation with Warriors legend Eliphas Kambuta ‘Safile’ Shivute

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.

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Ryan's corner - Covid-19: Now is the time to stand as one people

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.

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NSSU Kavango East branch aiming for the stars

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.

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Warriors withdraw from 2020 Chan tournament

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.

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NSC places 30-day moratorium on all sports activities…international participation also banned

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.

Cas gives NFA until Thursday to submit documents

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.

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Junior tennis on the rise in Namibia – Van der Walt 

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.

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Personality of the week: Magreth Mengo

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. 

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‘Desert Storm’ off to New York for mega fight

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.

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Up close with Namibia’s football First Lady - Julien Garises

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

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You are only as good as your last match

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.

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Haikali says he’s not part of  anti-Kauta cabal

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.

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Oshakati friendlies for Warriors ahead of 2020 CHAN

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.

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Personality of the week - Zenatha Coleman

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.

Everything about the NFA congress

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.

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From the stands - Why women coaches matter

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.

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Ryan's corner - Allow me to introduce myself!

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. 

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Namibia climbs one place in global rugby rankings

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.

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CFC retains trophy, as DTS makes history

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.

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Still no equality for women  in sport

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. 

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Ndafoluma to face Tanzania’s Mwankemwa... Kakololo to rumble in SA next month

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.

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Swimmers break six records at Long Course Gala

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. 

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Gowaseb targets glory at Outeniqua Challenge

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.

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Fistball League starts this weekend

This year’s Bank Windhoek Fistball League will kick off this weekend in Swakopmund, with the league’s opening tournament first fixtures for this season starting this coming Saturday at the Swakopmund Fistball Club (SFC) turfs.

Tennis icon Federer headed to Namibia

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.

Namibia snubbed at Cosafa AGM 

WINDHOEK - The Namibia Football Association (NFA) was not represented at the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) annual general meeting in South Africa at the weekend. 

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Four vie for NFA presidency

WINDHOEK - Four candidates have made the cut to contest the Namibia Football Association (NFA) presidency at the upcoming elective congress billed for 22 February in Windhoek. 

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Goagoses forms netball academy

WINDHOEK - Netball Namibia (NN) vice-president Rebecca Goagoses has taken a step further as she continues to play her part on the local netball scene by forming an academy that will help nurture future stars. 

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Trainer confident of Desert Storm victory 

WINDHOEK - Promoter and founder of AC Boxing Academy Imms Moses is confident that his boxer Sakaria ‘Desert Storm’ Lukas will defeat American opponent Jessie Magdaleno when they trade blows in March in a match that promises fireworks. 

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Academy to revive amateur boxing

WINDHOEK - The owners of the newly formed Power-Power Development and Boxing Academy said they will embark on a national tour aimed at identifying talented boxers to help them compete at international events in the near future. 

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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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