• April 9th, 2020

Sports

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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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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.