Our goal is to not drop points: Kanalelo

WINDHOEK: African Stars coach, Ronny Kanalelo, aims to collect as many points as possible in their remaining league fixtures if they are to stand a chance of retaining the Debmarine Namibia Premiership title.

African Stars are currently in second place on the Premier League standings with 44 points, having played 21 games so far. They are just one point behind the league leaders, FC Ongos, who are on 45 points but have a game in hand.

In an interview with Nampa on Wednesday, Kanalelo said they aim to win their last league game against FC Ongos after collecting maximum points from their remaining nine fixtures.

‘Since I joined the team, we have been working on certain areas, and the responses from the players have been positive. In the game against Tigers on Sunday, we took a defensive approach but managed to break through at times, despite struggling with the final attack,’ he said.

Kanalelo added that when African Stars played against his former club UNAM, they were exposed in certain hence the reason th
ey are now focusing on fixing the little issues in certain positions for them to collect maximum points when the team is performing at its best.

‘Even though Stars has been winning games and playing well, there was a struggle to find the right balance, particularly in the midfield. With our sights now set on winning the remaining games we are working on the phases where the team has struggled,’ said Kanalelo.

The African Stars coach added that he is not concerned about the chasing teams in the Premier League, but rather the goal is to fight for the title.

‘I don’t want to worry about the teams that are 10 points behind us, and my focus is not on the bottom teams. All we have to do is not allow the two top teams to create a gap between themselves and us. Our goal is to win all the games and also the last league game against FC Ongos,’ he said.

Kanalelo stated that winning their remaining games will not be easy, but he believes his squad has the mentality and experience to retain the title they won during t
he 2022/23 Debmarine Namibia Premiership season.

This weekend, African Stars will host Julinho Sporting and Okakarara Young Warriors at Nau-Aib Stadium in Okahandja on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

First phase of Ondangwa sports field complete

The first phase of construction on the Ondangwa Sport Stadium is completed, according to Ondangwa Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ismael Namugongo.

In an interview with Nampa on Thursday, Namugongo said the sport stadium is located in extension 8, about one km north from the (C46) Ongwediva/ Ondangwa main road.

According to Namugongo, the bulk aarthworks service was completed to the tune of about N.dollars 7.7 million in April last year, while the subsoil drainage to sports field was completed at the cost of over N.dollars 2 million.

Namugongo indicated that the multi-purpose sport field is expected to cost the Ondangwa Town Council over N.dollars 217 million.

‘The contractor has commenced with the partial entrance gate southern boundary wall and southwest clearview fence and natural turf and infield kerbing,’ he said.

Namugongo said that the multi-sport infrastructure stadium is designed in a way that it will be able to host different sport codes, which also includes international games.

He explained tha
t the construction of this stadium is an indication that the council has not only committing itself to its traditional responsibilities of making serviced land available and the provision of municipal services, but it is also creating social opportunities for its residents and for the nation at large by making available infrastructure athletes can make use of to unleash their talent.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Brave Fives hard at work ahead of AFCON

WINDHOEK: Namibia’s senior men’s futsal team, known as the ‘Brave Fives,’ are hard at work preparing for the upcoming Futsal African Cup of Nations (AFCON) scheduled for Rabat, Morocco between 11 and 21 April 2024.

The 2024 Futsal AFCON will be the eighth edition of the quadrennial international futsal championship organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the men’s national teams of Africa.

The AFCON tournament will serve as the CAF qualifiers for the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Futsal World Cup.

The top three teams from the tournament will qualify for the 2024 FIFA Futsal World Cup, which will be held later in the year in Uzbekistan.

Futsal Namibia’s Communication and Media Officer, Greyeno Rusberg, told Nampa on Thursday that they held trials a week ago and selected 17 players who will prepare for the championship in Morocco.

‘The team’s training camp is scheduled to begin on 18 March 2024 and will continue until the team departs for the championship. Cur
rently, the team has evening training sessions, but the plan is to increase them to twice a day,’ he said.

He added that their aim is to be fully prepared for the upcoming championship so they can be more than mere participants.

‘The competition rules allow us to choose 18 players for the competition, but currently, we only have 17 players. The number may be reduced depending on injuries picked up during the camp, as well as on the team’s tactics,’ Rusberg said.

Rusberg also stated that the team management is currently occupied with looking at ways to arrange an international friendly match before their trip to Morocco.

‘The team’s objective is to compete, not just participate. At the moment, I am happy with the team spirit and energy brought at training; our last game against Tanzania brought us together, and the players now understand what they can do if they work as a unit,’ he said.

The communication and media officer emphasised that Namibia’s qualification for AFCON must not be taken lightly, as it
was the result of hard work and dedication, which he hopes will encourage the business community to start supporting the local futsal league, which will in-turn grow Namibia’s reputation.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Football galore for NFA’s first division this weekend

The Namibia Football Association’s Northwest and Northeast streams’ first division football leagues resume this weekend, with 24 games scheduled in 10 towns across the country on.

Rounds 11 and 12 of the Northwest Stream Division will take place on Saturday and Sunday, with 12 matchups set for Oshikuku, Grootfontein, Otavi, and Oshakati.

On Saturday, Oshikuku Young Stars will play at home against Outjo-based Golden Bees, while Ongwediva City will face Outjo Football Academy at the Uukwangula sports field in Oshakati. Elsewhere in Otavi, bottom-of-the-table Touch and Go will face the league’s current leaders KK Palace at the Otavi sports field.

Eleven Warriors will face African Motto, which is in the relegation zone after 11 games, and Young Chiefs will face Onambula United in Oshakati. This match will be followed by Golden Bigs against Khuse Lions.

On Sunday, Oshikuku Young Stars will host Otjo Football Academy at home, while Ongwediva City will play Golden Bees at the Uukwangula sports field. Golden Bigs
will take on Onambula United, Young Chiefs will face Khuse Lions, Eleven Warriors will host KK Palace in a top-spot battle and Touch and Go will put their strength to the test when they face African Motto in a relegation zone battle.

With only five games played thus far, the Northeast First Division will continue with rounds six and seven at Katima Mulilo, Bagani, Rundu, Nkurenkuru, Omuthiya, and Tsumeb, with 12 games over the weekend. Katima Mulilo-based Black Hawks will host league leaders Oshikango Chiefs, while Eastern Chiefs will face Further Fighter at Bagani sports field.

KK United will host Rundu Chiefs at the Nkurenkuru youth field, United Stars will face Cuca Tops in Rundu, Chiefs Santos will play at home against Ntunguru at the Oscar Norich Stadium in Tsumeb, and relegation-threatened Omuthiya United will host Kangweru B Tops at the Omuthiya sports field.

On Sunday, the league will feature Black Hawks versus Further Fighters, Eastern Chiefs against Oshikango Chiefs, KK United against Cuca Tops,
and United Stars against Rundu Chiefs. Chiefs Santos will take on Kangweru B Tops, while Omuthiya United will face Mtunguru in the last game on Sunday.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Action continues in the FNB Women’s Super League

The Namibia Football Association’s (NFA) Women’s Super League, backed by First National Bank, will continue with six matches on Saturday and Sunday at Windhoek’s NFA Technical Stadium.

On Saturday, VPower Angels, currently in ninth place on the log standing, will face relegation-threatened Nust Babes in the afternoon, followed by the free-scoring Ongos Ladies, who will face Arrows Ladies. Ramblers, who are two points above the relegation zone, will face Khomas Nampol Ladies in the final Saturday encounter.

Ongos Ladies will attempt to further strengthen their advantage at the top of the league and boost their scoring count, which currently stands at 45 goals after 11 games when they face Nust Babes, who require a crucial victory to escape relegation this season. VPower Angels will then host Arrows Ladies, while Ramblers meets Beauties, who are six points behind log leaders Ongos Ladies.

The league consists of 12 clubs and has played 11 games thus far. Some teams have however played 10 games, with Nust Babe
s being the only team to have played nine games.

After 11 games, Ongos Ladies lead the league with 31 points from 10 wins and one draw, followed by Beauties with 25 points from eight wins, one draw, and two losses.

Khomas Nampol Ladies are third in the log standing with seven victories, three draws, and one defeat, followed by Girls and Goals with 23 points from seven wins, two draws, and one loss. Ongwediva Queens, who have been playing fantastic football this season, are in fifth place with 17 points, followed by Unam Bokkies (16), Namib Daughters (15), and Arrows Ladies (13).

The Ramblers Women have six points, leaving them two points above the relegation zone.

The relegation struggle continues, with Nust Babes and Okahandja each collecting one victory and no draws. Nust Babes have lost eight games this season, while Okahandja have lost 10 and surrendered 46 goals while scoring just 17. Nust Babes have conceded 33 goals and scored seven. Both teams are on three points.

Source: The Namibia Press Agenc

Zambezi Second Division Football League this weekend at Katima Mulilo

Rounds five and six of the Zambezi Regional Second Division Football League will be played on Saturday and Sunday at the Katima Mulilo Sports Complex, with nine games scheduled for this weekend.

In the early hours of Saturday, King Fisher Football Club will face Black Bufalloes FC, followed by Space Age hosting Rocano King Rangers and Blue Chiefs facing Sahara. Namib Chiefs will meet Bush Bucks and Power Dynamos will face Shooting Stars in the final game on Saturday.

Sahara will take on Space Age on Sunday. The game between Black Bufalloes and Bush Bucks has been postponed to suit the first-division league fixtures.

The league’s administrator, Ngwama Vuyalo, told Nampa on Thursday that there have been delays and postponements of games due to the unavailability of sports grounds, as the league must share the venue with other teams, particularly those in the Northeast first division league.

Other games scheduled for Sunday will go ahead as planned, with Power Dynamos taking on Namib Chiefs, Rocano Chiefs fa
cing Shooting Stars, and Blue Chiefs taking on Green Eagles.

Oryza Sativa, the current league leaders, will continue their fixture next weekend since they have played the most games in the league thus far.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Operation Acacia launched at Oshivelo

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has joined hands with the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) to launch Operation Acacia, which will run from Wednesday to Monday in the Oshikoto Region.

The aim of the operation is to protect wildlife and preserve natural resources in the region.

Oshikoto regional police head of crime prevention, Deputy Commissioner Wynand Neels said the region is believed to have individual residents who are foes to nature.

Neels said during the official briefing and launch of the joint operation by NamPol and MEFT at Oshivelo on Wednesday that citizens within the region have formed groups.

‘They commit wildlife crimes such as illegal hunting to either generate income or for own consumption,’ said Neels.

He said these illegal activities take place on some farms and areas in the Mangetti communal farming area.

‘We have to enforce any law in the land along with the ministry to ensure that the Nature Conservation Act is not violated and the regulation thereof is adhered
to by all,’ said Neels.

Neels further said they will ensure that appropriate precautions are employed to guarantee the safety of wildlife and prevent illegal hunting and all wildlife-related crimes in the region.

‘We will conduct awareness campaigns on the importance of our natural resources and the preservation thereof,’ said Neels.

MEFT Deputy Director in the Department of Wildlife and National Park, Erckie Rehabeam, said they are committed to stopping wildlife crimes.

‘We are going to unite and embark upon this operation and root out criminals,’ he said.

He urged all the stakeholders to be committed and ensure that they do what is expected of them.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Two arrested for alleged possession of pangolin skin worth N.dollars 200 000

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Oshikoto Region has opened a case against two men aged 46 and 57 after they were allegedly found in possession of four pangolin skins worth N.dollars 200 000.

According to the region’s Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Titus Ekandjo on Thursday, the incident occurred on Wednesday around 04h30 at the Puma Service Station.

The suspects were also found in possession of other items such as a licensed Makarov pistol with eight rounds of ammunition, a diamond tester, and N.dollars 6 405 cash.

‘It is alleged that a covert intelligence-driven operation was carried out that led to the interception and ultimate arrest of two suspects, who were found in possession of pangolin skins,’ said Ekandjo.

The suspects are arrested and in police custody at Tsumeb.

Police investigations continue.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Another pastor wanted for allegedly raping minor in Omusati

The police in the Omusati Region are in pursuit of another pastor for the alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl at Okando village, in the Oshikuku Constituency.

This comes two days after a 34-year-old pastor and church owner was apprehended for allegedly raping two young women aged 19 and 24 and a girl aged 17, at Okandi village in the Etayi Constituency.

The Namibian Police Force’s Omusati Crime Investigation Coordinator, Moses Simaho, confirmed this to Nampa on Thursday, saying the alleged rapes occurred between June 2020 and September 2022, but were only reported to the police on Thursday.

‘It is alleged that the suspect had sexual intercourse with a minor several times on different occasions during the above-mentioned timeframe,’ he said.

He added that the matter was reported by the 18-year-old woman who lives with the victim.

Police investigations continue.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Disaster risk reduction a cross-cutting issue: Likando

WINDHOEK: Director of Disaster Risk Management, Helen Likando at the Prime Minister’s Office, has stated that disaster risk reduction is a cross-cutting issue that demands collective efforts from all sections of society.

Likando spoke on Wednesday during the City of Windhoek’s belated observance of the 2023 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.

She noted that the day was designated in 1989 by the United Nations General Assembly as a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction, and to acknowledge the relentless efforts being made by individuals, institutions, governments, countries, and globally to reduce the negative impacts of disasters on our lives and livelihoods.

‘As we are gathered here today to commemorate the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction under the theme ‘Fighting Inequality for a Resilient Future’, we are being reminded that disasters do not discriminate, and their impacts often intensify disparities among our communities. This necessitates the
urgency of addressing all sorts of inequalities in order for us to realize an equal and more resilient Namibia,’ she said.

Likando emphasised that Namibia is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, with the geographical setup exposing our communities to various natural hazards, such as recurrent droughts and floods. Other pertinent risks are highlighted in the National Risk Profile which the Office of the Prime Minister developed, with technical support provided by the University of Namibia.

‘Due to climate change, Namibia experiences more frequent and severe droughts, leading to decreased availability of water for human consumption, agriculture, and livestock,’ she said.

Windhoek Mayor, Queen Kamati, on her part, stated that the City of Windhoek has been celebrating this day since 2010 when the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction launched the Making Cities Resilient campaign.

‘Since then, we committed ourselves to observe this day annually, to underscore the importanc
e of reducing urban disaster risks which are exacerbated by the effects of climate change,’ she said.

She added that natural and man-made disasters such as extreme weather conditions, floods, wildfires, extended droughts, water scarcity, epidemics, chemical spillages, power outages, and socio-economic challenges such as poverty, unemployment, and homelessness impact Namibians on a regular basis.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Body of man who drowned in Swakopmund recovered

The police in Swakopmund have confirmed the recovery of the body of 21-year-old Anthony Elrico Williams, who reportedly drowned at the Mole Beach in Swakopmund on Saturday.

The Namibian Police Force’s Unit Commander for Community Policing in Erongo, Chief Inspector Ileni Shapumba, said his body was recovered around 01h42 on Thursday at the same beach.

It is alleged that Williams, who was an experienced swimmer, drowned while swimming with two of his cousins.

A search by the Sea Rescue team commenced immediately after he drowned, leading to the recovery of the body after almost a week.

The deceased was successfully identified by family members and his body was taken to the Swakopmund State Hospital for an autopsy and certification.

Police investigations continue.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Pastor remanded in custody for alleged rape

Have Mercy Mission Ministries pastor and church owner Elikan Neliwa, 34, was remanded in custody after making his brief court appearance in the Outapi Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

The Namibian Police Force’s Regional Commander for Omusati, Commissioner Ismael Basson, said the accused was not granted bail and his case was postponed to 11 June 2024 for further police investigations.

Neliwa is accused of raping two young women aged 19 and 24 and a girl aged 17 last month at Okandi village in the Etayi Constituency.

He was arrested at the church on Tuesday.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Alleged Bank Windhoek fraudster Rebebe arrested

Nico Rebebe, an employee of Bank Windhoek’s Opuwo branch who allegedly defrauded the bank of N.dollars 2 million in January, was arrested in Opuwo on Thursday.

The Namibian Police Force’s Kunene Regional Commander, Commissioner James Nderura, said the police will release a comprehensive report on the arrest after an in-depth investigation is completed.

‘He was arrested but that is all for now, we can only provide the full report after the interrogation and once we forward the documents of the investigation to the head of police,’ he stated.

Nderura told Nampa Rebebe was arrested at his girlfriend’s flat in Opuwo following an intelligence-led operation by the police.

Eight more individuals allegedly involved in the matter were apprehended in Rundu after the alleged theft.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

High court dismisses lawsuit against ‘Gazza’

WINDHOEK: The Windhoek High Court on Thursday dismissed a N.dollars 408 791 lawsuit against prominent Namibian musician Lazarus Shiimi, well known by his stage name, Gazza.

This follows accusations that Shiimi breached a contract with Trinity Transaction Advisory cc, which claimed it secured deals for him with Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).

Court documents indicated that the company alleged that an agreement between the parties stated that it was entitled to 20 per cent of the value of the commercial agreement it secured for Shiimi and was entitled to N.dollars 45 000 per month for services rendered.

Judge Boas Usiku dismissed the application with costs, stating that Trinity Transaction Advisory cc is not entitled to 20 per cent of the value of the commercial agreement. Shiimi insisted that Trinity Transaction Advisory cc did not secure the deals for him. The court found that the NBL, KFC and Shiimi were not brought together through the wisdom or business acumen of Trinit
y Transaction Advisory cc, owned by lawyer Gokulan Thambapilai.

‘It cannot be said that the plaintiff secured the NBL or KFC agreement and therefore the plaintiff is not entitled to 20 per cent of the agreement’s value,’ Judge Usiku ruled.

According to Shiimi, he has had a long-standing relationship with NBL since 2006. Thambapilai argued during trial that Shiimi approached him in January 2021 for assistance with commercial and contractual agreements, saying he was not happy with the remuneration he received from NBL for his services as a brand ambassador.

Appolus Shimakeleni represented Shiimi, while Nixon Marcus represented Trinity Transaction Advisory cc.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

AU praises Namibia for its ‘world class’ roads

WINDHOEK: The African Union’s African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) has found that Namibia’s ‘world class’ road infrastructure, standards in national statistics, codes of ethics in public offices, and the BBB women empowerment programme in agriculture, are some of the most commendable practices that other African countries should emulate.

This was said by Abdoulie Janneh, the lead panellist for Namibia during the handing over of the country review report to President Nangolo Mbumba here on Thursday. The country review mission for Namibia took place between October and November 2021. Since accession in 2017, Namibia has been peer reviewed twice, in February 2020 for the Targeted Review on youth unemployment, and in February 2022.

Janneh however said that Namibia faces challenges in the implementation of policies and the need to accelerate the policy on devolution as part of the transfer of delegated responsibilities to the regions and local authorities, and land reform, amongst others.

‘Namibia is commended
by the Panel for demonstrating the highest political will and determination in implementing the APRM programme,’ he said.

Namibia has also participated fully in continental APRM processes and has undergone peer exchanges with Uganda and Rwanda while providing peer learning opportunities to other countries including its neighbour Botswana.

‘Namibia is to be commended for completing its review processes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the ravages of the pandemic, Namibia trained its national structures, finalised the research phase for the Country Self-Assessment Report, hosted the review mission and integrated recommendations from the National Plan of Action accompanying the country review report in Namibia’s sixth National Development Plan,’ Janneh added.

On his part, President Mbumba said Namibia has since 2017 established national structures which include a diverse 13-member National Governing Council to serve for a period of three years.

‘Government will consider the possibility of estab
lishing a permanent National Secretariat to continue coordinating APRM activities and programmes in the country, thereby ensuring the full implementation of the National Plan of Action,’ Mbumba added.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency