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This year’s edition of the popular Dr Hage Geingob Cup is set to make a reinvigorating return to the Namibian sporting calendar with some jumbo rugby action, which will see the World Cup-bound Welwitschias locking horns with South Africa’s Griquas. Namibian versatile defender Aprocius ‘Kalefa’ Petrus has signed with Kosovo First Football League (FFL) outfit Liria FC, and joins compatriot Prins Tijueza at the same club. Namibia’s Young Warriors’ gaffer James Britz yesterday announced his final 20-man squad for the upcoming Cosafa U/20 Cup, which will see the local youngsters battling it against the likes of Comoros and South Africa in Group C. Namibia’s Young Warriors gaffer James Britz has said lack of experience and inadequate match fitness were the two key factors in his side’s 0-1 shock defeat to Comoros in Saturday’s Cosafa Cup opening match at the Somhlolo stadium in Lobamba, Eswatini. Namibia’s Young Warriors yesterday squandered a perfect two-goal lead on their way to an embarrassing 2-5 defeat against a resilient South African side at the Mavuso stadium in Manzini, Eswatini. Fresh from a morale-boosting 11-run win over favourites Ireland on Tuesday, the Richelieu Eagles of Namibia will today square off against the Chevrons of Zimbabwe for their second T20 World Cup warm-up clash at the Junction Oval in Melbourne, Australia. The Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) has announced a 48-man squad for the country’s upcoming international tour, which will see the Welwitschias squaring off against Spain and Canada. The Namibia Schools Sport Union (NSSU) on Wednesday suspended its long-serving national coordinator Solly Duiker for an indefinite period, following serious allegations of financial misappropriation, providing false information and forging signatures. Murmurs have it that some rowdy clubs in the newly-established Debmarine Namibia Premiership have staged a silent protest, and have apparently indicated to the Namibia Football Association (NFA) that they are not “ready” to commence with the new season this weekend. After almost over four years of inactivity, local football finally returned on Saturday and judging from the overwhelming fanfare, the brimming business activities by the local vendors and the overall display unity by all those in attendance, it was like football actually never left. Namibia’s former WBO Africa featherweight champion Sakaria ‘Desert Storm’ Lukas will this coming Saturday return to the ring to challenge America’s Raymond Ford for the WBA Continental Americas featherweight title over 10 rounds at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, USA. Namibian boxing promoter Nestor Tobias yesterday apologised for the delay in paying the purses of foreign boxers who partook in the recent boxing bonanza in the capital, saying the delay in payment was caused by miscommunication between his company and banking institutions. Newly-appointed African Stars football director Ricardo Mannetti has set out his master plan to transform the Katutura football giants into a formidable club that will not only dominate and lead the way locally, but one that will leave gigantic footprints on the continent. Namibian international Ananias ‘Junior’ Gebhardt was on Monday amongst a group of 27 Premier Soccer League (PSL) stars who graduated from the league’s Player Transition Programme offered by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg. In a fresh twist of events in the Debmarine Namibia Premiership, long-time Tura Magic gaffer Gareth ‘Fortune’ Eichab has separated from the club, and the reasons for his sudden departure remain unclear. After starting life in the Debmarine Namibia Premiership with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Unam FC about a fortnight ago, African Stars head coach Mervin Mbakera yesterday warned that they will again be gunning for maximum points when they face Tura Magic tomorrow. The biggest winner at this year’s Namibia Annual Sport Awards (NASA), held at Lüderitz on Saturday, was the country’s top archer Jannie Meuwesen, who walked away with the prestigious Sports Star of the Year and Sportsman of the Year awards. Namibia’s senior rugby side, the Welwitschias, on Saturday kept their 2023 World Cup preparations well on course with a hard-fought 43-37 win over Canada at the National Rugby Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The technical committee working on Namibia and Botswana’s bid for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) yesterday moved swiftly to calm growing perceptions that the bid has become a stalled project, announcing a raft of new developments around the initiative. Namibian tennis sensation Connor van Schalkwyk has signed with the tennis team of Old Dominion University in America, where he will undergo further development and compete for the varsity side in the upcoming 2023/24 season.