NTF committed to promoting gender equality in tennis participation, officiating –President

President of Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), Ifedayo Akindoju, says the federation is committed to promoting gender equality with regards to the participation and officiating of tennis events in the country.

He made the remarks while declaring a maiden International Tennis Federation’s Advantage All workshop open on Friday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigeria Tennis Umpires Association (NTUA) made history on Friday in Abuja.

This followed the successful hosting of its maiden International Tennis Federation’s Advantage All programme, thus setting the pace for other African countries.

The workshop was organised by the NTF, in conjunction with the International Tennis Federation ( ITF), with no fewer than 20 female tennis officials from across the country in participation.

It aims to further deepen the domestication of the initiative which the country formally signed into in 2021 at the Annual General Meeting of ITF in Glasgow, Scotland.

Akindoju extolled the milestones bein
g recorded by the Officiating Department of the Federation, noting that officiating in Nigeria had advanced beyond imagination ‘as ladies in tennis officiating have done so well.

‘What we are witnessing here today is another landmark to show that ladies are very interested in sports and in tennis in particular.

‘As a Federation, we are promoting gender fairness, gender equality in terms of opportunities and participation, and have put in place a well monitored and guided mechanism to ensure that no body is treated unfairly’, Akindoju said.

Acting Chairman of NTUA, Rose Abu, encouraged the participants to make adequate use of the opportunity to develop and sharpen their officiating knowledge and skills.

Abu thanked the ITF for endorsing the event, and commended the effort and commitment of the President of NTF and the country’s Officiating Manager, Kehinde Ijaola, for making the day a reality.

Gold Badge Chair Umpire and an Advantage All Global Ambassador, Eva Asderaki-Moore led a plethora of virtual inte
rnational goodwill messages from female tennis Umpires across the world to the participants.

With the theme, Tennis Officiating: Place, Value Of Women In Officiating And Empowerment, the workshop had series of paper presentations on topical issues.

NAN also reports that a minute silence was earlier observed in honour of the immediate past Nigeria’s Advantage All Ambassador and one of the country’s finest tennis officials, late Arinola Isa-Banire who died in July 2023.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Runsewe hails Oboh, Nigeria’s female golf sensation, on U.S. invitational triumph

The President, Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, OON has commended Nigeria’s female golf sensation, Georgia Oboh, on her recent victory at the John Shippen Women’s Invitational in Michigan, U.S.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 23-year-old Oboh, on Wednesday, captured the 2024 John Shippen Women’s Invitational and earned exemptions to compete in two LPGA tournaments – the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give and the Dow Championship.

Oboh will tee it up alongside the world’s best female golfers at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give starting June 13, after shooting 69-70-139 on the same course Tuesday and Wednesday to earn a three-stroke victory at the SHIPPEN event.

Runsewe, who gave the commendation in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said that Oboh’s victory was an inspiration to other children back home and a testament to the fact that hard work pays

‘Congratulations to our very own Georgia Oboh on your well-deserved victory at the John Shippen Women’s Invitation
al at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan

‘Your victory is indeed a fulcrum of great possibilities and renewed hope for Nigeria and Nigerians.

‘We believe in you to keep the Nigerian flag flying high and keep doing your very best, to ensure that you represent our dear country as a good ambassador of the game of golf,’ he said.

NAN also reports that another Nigerian female pro golfer, Anita Uwadia, tied for third position with Ashley Shaw of U.S. in the same tournament, making it the first time in an international professional ladies’ golf tournament where two Nigerians made the top three.

The NGF president noted that the performance of the girls was a very rare one and not a mean feat.

He added that they had both distinguished themselves as the very first Nigerians and one of the few black professional female golfers on the top stage.

He said that the federation would continue to support the golfers, to ensure that they reach their full potential as they continue to make the country proud
and showcase themselves to the world.

He also advised parents to always support and encourage their children to start playing golf at an early age, adding that it was a sport they could be engaged in for the rest of their lives.

‘Hand your child a golf club, and you might be surprised what happens.

‘Your child might not be the next Tiger Woods, but golf can make a big impact in a young life.

‘Kids can benefit from the sport mentally, physically, and emotionally. The sport can set them up for success as they get older.

‘Many of the skills learned on the course translate to real life,’ he said.

NAN also reports that Oboh and her chosen partner will compete in the Dow Championship starting June 27 in Midland, Michigan.

The John Shippen Women’s Invitational which Oboh and Uwadia were part of is a series of competitions created to provide playing opportunities on the LPGA Tour and PGA Tour for the top Black amateur and professional women and men golfers.

The events are named after John Shippen, Jr., who wa
s both the first American-born golf professional and the country’s first Black golf professional.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

NCS four points away from promotion

OPUWO: The Namibian Correctional Services (NCS) Football Club needs four points from the final two games to secure the Southern Stream First Division league title and a spot in the Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL) next season.

According to the recently adjusted league closing schedules released by the league’s chairperson, Jakobus Murs Markus, the league title will be decided on Sunday, as the remaining rounds 21 and 22 are slated for this coming Saturday and Sunday. Twelve encounters are set to take place across four venues.

The NCS’s road to the title and probable promotion will not be easy, as they will face a formidable foe in Eleven Arrows on Saturday at the Mondesa Stadium in Swakopmund.

However, the title-determining match will be between NCS and another title contender, Blue Boys, who are three points behind them.

Blue Boys can potentially win the title if they win both of their games, one of which is against their closest contender for the crown, NCS, and hope their opponent loses on Saturd

However, NCS only needs to defeat Eleven Arrows and tie with Blue Boys, but these are daunting encounters since the coastal boys also have a point to prove as they aim to return to the league.

NCS leads the league with 53 points and a 41-goal difference. If NCS and Blue Boys are even at 56 points at the end of the season, they could advance owing to their better goal difference.

While the race for the league is heating up, relegation fears mount as Oranjemund, Davos, Try Again, Black Africa, and Deutscher Turn- und Sportverein (DTS) all strive for survival.

On Saturday, Try Again faces DTS at the Keetmanshoop Show Ground stadium, while Oranjemund hosts Davos at home in thrilling relegation clashes.

Blue Boys will meet Latinos in a must-win game at Mondesa Stadium to boost their title and promotion ambitions, while Black Africa faces Dates Eleven in a relegation battle, and Mariental Sports Club will welcome Ramblers at home.

The champion and two to-be demoted teams will be determined on Sunday, when
Oranjemund takes on DTS, while Try Again and Davos brace for another relegation battle.

Eleven Arrows will play Latinos, Dates Eleven will meet Ramblers, and Mariental will face a battered Black Africa in the season’s last game.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

KK Palace and Golden Bees race to return to premier league

OPUWO: Sunday is D-day in the Northwest Stream First Division, with King Kauluma (KK) Palace and Golden Bees battling for a berth in the Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL) in nail-biting encounters that could send either team to the NPFL.

With only two games remaining in the first division league, the Premier League spot battle heats up as both KK Palace (1) and Golden Bees (2) sit atop the table with a two-point difference. Saturday and Sunday’s upcoming matches are must-wins for both if they intend to return to the Premier League next season.

KK Palace has set its sights on joining the NPFL next season following an impressive debut of 12 wins, four draws, and four losses in 20 games. They lead the league with 40 points.

However, the Outjo-based team is not far behind, as they will attempt to pounce on any mistakes made by the league leaders in order to secure the title and return to the league they last played in 23 years ago.

The Ondangwa team, who competed in the NPL during the 2004/05 season, is
also keen to return to the top division and will avoid missteps in the process.

KK Palace will host arch-rival Khuse Lions on Saturday at the Andima ya Toivo sports field in a game they cannot afford to draw or lose, before facing Onambula United at the same venue in Ondangwa in a must-win game for the title.

However, the Golden Bees must fight tooth and nail as they travel away from home in the league title deciders, beginning with a game against a formidable rival, Eleven Warriors, on Saturday at Omulunga Stadium in Grootfontein. On Sunday, the Bees will travel to Otavi to face demoted Touch and Go.

Other fixtures this weekend include African Motto against Onambula United, Young Chiefs versus Ongwediva City, Golden Bigs against Oshikuku Young Stars, and Touch and Go hosting Outjo Football Academy on Saturday.

On Sunday, African Motto will face Khuse Lions, Young Chiefs will meet Oshikuku Young Stars, Golden Bigs will play Ongwediva City, and Eleven Warriors will take on Outjo Football Academy.

While th
e promotion race continues, so does the effort to avoid relegation. Oshikuku Young Stars, Young Chiefs, Outjo Football Academy and Ongwediva City are still in trouble.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Rwanda Policy serves as deterrence for illegal migrants – UK envoy

Dr Richard Montgomery, the British High Commissioner in Nigeria says his country’s Rwanda Policy is intended to serve as discouragement to illegal migrants seeking asylum in the European country.

Montgomery said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

He explained that the UK Parliament had agreed in a bill passed into law to partner with Rwanda in handling illegal migrants to the UK and deporting them to Rwanda.

According to him, the Rwanda Policy is a way of sending signal to illegal migrants that even if they are able to find their way to the UK through the wrong channel, they would still not succeed in remaining in the UK.

He said that the migrants would be housed, looked after, and if they have genuine asylum concerns, their cases would be assessed and processed.

He however said that the agreement with Rwanda still had to be legally ratified, and to go through its own processes. But I believe that it will be ratified as an international treaty.

‘It is really important t
o stress that this is about illegal migration to the UK. It is about people who are often exploited by criminal gangs to take what is an awfully terribly perilous journey.

‘That is crossing the English channel in tiny boats run by criminal gangs, with the promise of getting them into the UK. This is really tragic because many people die while crossing’.

The envoy also said it was premature to say whether or not Nigerians were part of the policy at the current stage of the implementation plan.

He noted that it would not be appropriate to talk about individual cases or to talk about operational planning.

He gave an assurance that some safeguards have been put in place to check the entire process.

‘We have been working directly with relevant authorities to ensure that there is a decent standard of housing for the people that will be deported.

‘They will have access to whatever level of education they need from primary to tertiary and vocational education.

‘They will have the right to work in Rwanda. They
are economic migrants, but there will be some people who may have legitimate asylum claims.

‘We have been working with the Rwandan judiciary and their bar association to ensure that the migrants have ‘caseworkers’ and legal representation to go through due process,’ he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Perm Sec tasks sports ministry officials on professionalism, productivity

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Sports Development, Mrs Tinuke Watti has charged administrative and executive officers in the ministry on the need for professionalism and enhanced productivity.

Watti made the call on Tuesday in Abuja, at a sensitization workshop for administrative and executive officers in the ministry on professionalism on human resource management in the Federal Civil Service.

She underscored the need for ministry officials to do more in obtaining the necessary professional certifications from approved professional bodies in order to enhance efficient service delivery.

‘Henceforth Administrative officers are required to obtain professional certifications from relevant and approved professional bodies for progression in the Service.

‘Specifically, possession of such certifications shall be one of the conditions for promotion from GL 13-GL 14., in addition to other criteria prescribed in the Public Service Rules and Guidelines on Appointment, Promotion and Discipline,’ she sa

Watti, who stressed the importance of training and capacity building, said the workshop was part of the reforms by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan aimed at efficient service delivery.

She expressed optimism that the workshop would go a long way in equipping and enhancing the capacity of officials in line with international best practices.

Earlier, Mrs Modupe Bankole, Managing Consultant, Diadems Global Support Services, the lead Resource person at the workshop stressed the importance of professionalism and certification to enhance productivity.

‘Given the different reforms from the Head of Service, it is important that competent officials manage human management.

‘The staff needs to know what competences they need to acquire, what skills and how they can give their best in the civil service,’ she said.

Bankole said that given the strategic importance of the sports sector, all hands must be on deck to ensure that the mandate of the ministry was realised.

She sa
id that accredited professional bodies were also part of the workshop to ensure continuous capacity building, while Diadems will continue to work with the ministry to track deliveries.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that professional bodies at the workshop included the Chartered Institute of Human Resources, and Strategic Management (CIHRM) and Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

BA drop points as relegation battle intensifies in SSFD

WINDHOEK: Katutura Lively Lions Black Africa suffered a significant setback in their league season when they lost 4-1 to Ramblers in round 18 of the 2023/24 Southern Stream First Division (SSFD) season.

The match played at the Ramblers Stadium saw Black Africa having a tough time from the start, conceding a goal in the opening minutes of the first half.

Despite their efforts, Black Africa could not find an equaliser by the end of the first half, which saw Ramblers leading by a single goal.

In the second half, Ramblers doubled their lead through a penalty kick, while Black Africa missed several scoring opportunities. But as the clock ticked closer to the 90-minute mark, Ramblers found the back of the net twice, while Black Africa only scored once, resulting in a final score of 4-1 in Ramblers’ favour.

With the win, Ramblers maintained their sixth place on the league table with 26 points from 18 games.

Other games played in the SSFD over the weekend saw Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) defeating Latinos
4-0 on Saturday and Blue Boys collecting six points with a 3-0 win against Davos and a 6-1 win on Sunday against Deutscher Turn und Sportverein (DTS).

NCS are top of the SSFD log standing and are level with Blue Boys on 47 points but have a game in hand, while DTS are in second place and have played 19 games compared to their opponents’ 18.

Eleven Arrows, who were relegated from the Debmarine Namibia Premiership last season, are third on the league table with 37 points from 19 matches.

Arrows collected three points this weekend, losing 1-0 against DTS on Saturday but winning 2-1 against Davos on Sunday.

Mariental Sports Club is in fourth place with 33 points from 18 matches, having only managed to collect a point on Saturday after a goalless draw against Dates Eleven. Dates Eleven occupy the fifth position with 29 points.

Teams that will be drawn into the relegation battle if they fail to collect points in their remaining fixtures are Latinos, who are in seventh position with 19 points, Davos, who sit in
eighth position with 18 points, and Oranjemund FC and Black Africa, both of whom are tied in ninth and tenth position with 16 points each.

The bottom of the league table is currently occupied by Try Again in eleventh place with 14 points and DTS in twelfth place with 13 points.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Second edition of Vivo Energy Marathon launched

WINDHOEK: The second edition of the Vivo Energy Namibia marathon was launched here on Friday with the organisers expecting to raise more funds for charitable projects, just as they did in their maiden edition.

Vivo Energy the marketer and distributor of Shell-branded fuels and lubricants in Namibia, will host the second edition of the Vivo Energy Windhoek Marathon on 25 May 2024 in Windhoek.

In its maiden edition, the highly anticipated running event attracted over 1,200 participants raising over N.dollars 160,000 from registration fees for charitable projects that were implemented in partnership with the Windhoek City Residents Mayoral Trust.

This year, the organisers said they are anticipating to attracting more than 2,000 runners for the full marathon of 42.2 kilometres (km), half-marathon of 21.1km, 10km and a 5km fun run/walk.

Speaking during the launch Vivo Energy Namibia’s Managing Director, Jaco van Rensburg, said partnerships are a critical factor in their company’s success, which aims to extend
that spirit to the marathon.

‘This event wouldn’t be possible without the partnerships developed with the City of Windhoek, Athletics Namibia, and the strong bond we’ve forged with Namibia’s running community,’ he said.

Athletics Namibia Public Relations Officer, Lot Ndamanhomata, applauded the effort of Vivo Energy Namibia, for getting involved in hosting a marathon and urged the company to pursue deeper partnerships to ensure Vivo Energy Windhoek Marathon remains a permanent fixture on the Namibian sports calendar.

Queen Kamati, the Windhoek Mayor, said marathons play a unique role in cities worldwide as ‘They symbolise endurance, determination, and the pursuit of excellence.’ Kamati further invited participants from all corners of the globe to join in embracing the vibrant spirit of the City of Windhoek and showcase their athletic abilities.

The mayor stated that this year’s proceeds will be used to provide access to water points in Windhoek’s informal settlements, aligning with the United Nations Sust
ainable Development Goal Six of clean water and sanitation.

Kamati pledged N.dollars 50,000 on top of what would be raised from the marathon to realise the equitable access to water goal.

‘The proceeds from last year’s registration were used to equip community libraries in the Nathanael Maxuilili and Greenwell Matongo settlements with much-needed books and computers, aimed at enriching the knowledge of learners in subjects such as English, Science, Entrepreneurship, and Commerce,’ Kamati said.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Premier League outfits book spots in FA Cup Round of 16

WINDHOEK: Debmarine Namibia Premier League teams secured their spots in the round of 16 of the PSTBet Namibia Football Association (NFA) Cup, which resumed on Sunday in both Grootfontein and Windhoek.

The Football Association Cup commenced in April this year with elimination rounds, where lower division teams competed for a spot in the round of 32. This year, the NFA Cup has made history by running a women’s competition concurrently with their male counterparts for the first time.

In the round of 32 that was played in Windhoek and Grootfontein, Okahandja United became the first team to secure their spot in the round of 16 after successfully defeating Youngsters 3-1 at the Independence Stadium.

While in Grootfontein, FC Ongo secured their place in the next round of the competition with a single goal scored by Nicodemus Haikali against African United.

Rundu-based Julinho Sporting emerged victorious with an 8-1 win over Rehoboth-based Friends Football Club in a nine-goal scoring match.

Mapenzi Muwanei was t
he star of the match, scoring four goals. His teammates Victor Hara, Gerson Paulus, Kativa Ngongo, and Mahupe Ngonga each scored a goal, while Friends FC’s only goal of the match came from the head of Alfred Otto, who found the back of the net for his team when they only trailed by three goals in the second half.

In another match played in Grootfontein, Young African drew 1-1 with Golden Bigs, who play in the Northwest First Division Stream. However, the Gobabis-based Premier League outfit managed to win 5-3 on penalties.

Young Brazilians secured a spot in the round of 16 with an impressive 6-1 win against Hamutumbangela FC at the Independence Stadium.

Tigers FC also secured their spot in the next round of the competition with a 4-2 win against UNAM OGONGO in Grootfontein, coming from behind to score four goals at the Omulunga Stadium.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Erasmus and Van Schoor win Tour de Windhoek

WINDHOEK: South African riders Alexander Erasmus and Kelsey-Jade van Schoor were on Sunday crowned as the individual overall winners of the seventh edition of the Pupkewitz Tour de Windhoek.

The cycling event was held for four days, from Thursday, 02 May to Sunday, 05 May 2024. Riders from Namibia, Botswana, RĂ©union, South Africa and Angola participated in the event.

After four days of exciting cycling in and around Windhoek, 18-year-old Erasmus from South Africa was declared the overall winner of the event when he completed the race in seven hours, twenty-four minutes, and thirty-four seconds (07:24:34).

Brandon Downes and Blaine Kieck, who rode for the South African team TEG ProCycling Team, finished closely behind Erasmus. Downes and Kieck completed the race with an overall time of 07:24:54 and 07:25:21, respectively.

In the men’s category, Martin Freyer, Daniel Hahn, and Brandon Plaatjies were the only Namibians who made it to the top ten list on the log standing, in fourth, sixth, and ninth places, r

In the women’s category, Van Schoor was declared the champion of the tour, completing it in 06:04:48. Anri Greeff from Namibia followed her, finishing with a time of 06:05:30. Lucy Young, another South African, secured the last spot on the podium by finishing just a few seconds behind Greeff, with a time of 06:05:54.

In a speech read on his behalf, the Namibia Cycling Federation (NCF) President Axel Thiessen said the Pupkewitz Tour de Windhoek attracted an exciting record of cyclists from different countries.

‘The NCF is in talks with the African Cycling Confederation (CAC) to get this multi-stage road race accredited by the International Cycling Union (UCI). We want the event to be popular just like the Nedbank Desert Dash,’ he said.

He added that the achievements of the riders have elevated the city’s standards.

At the same event, Deputy Mayor of Windhoek Joseph Uapingeni praised the cyclists for their dedication, discipline, and unwavering commitment.

‘The cycling event should be a motiv
ation for Namibians to use cycling as a mode of transport which is healthier. We should now start using bicycles to travel to work and school,’ he said. while also acknowledging the sponsors for their contribution to the success of the event.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Ongos Ladies seal football league title in style

Ongos Ladies Football Club won their fifth straight league title over the weekend with spectacular goals over Okahandja FC and Namib Daughters on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

A magnificent 14-goal thriller over Okahandja (8-1) and Namib Daughters (6-0) was enough for the team formerly known as Tura Magic Ladies to secure the league in style, and as winners, Ongos Ladies will walk away with a whopping N.dollars 250 000.

Ongos Ladies have scored 88 goals and won 17 of 18 games on their way to the title.

They have yet to experience defeat.

Last year, First National Bank of Namibia (FNB) showed steadfast support by offering a three-season championship sponsorship of the Women’s Super League valued at N.dollars 7.5 million (N.dolars 2.5 million annually).

With only two games remaining in the league for certain clubs, the relegation battle is heating up as Okahandja and NUST Babes prepare to fight for their survival next weekend.

However, NUST Babes and Okahandja will be demoted if Ramblers collect maxi
mum points in all of their remaining encounters, putting them in a strong position to escape relegation.

The struggle for second place continues, with Beauties FC on 39 points and Galz and Goals on 36 points, with a three-point gap between them.

On Saturday, NUST Babes were thrashed by Ramblers Women by four goals to zero, exacerbating their relegation fears, while Khomas NamPol drew one-all with the tenacious UNAM Bokkies.

V-Power Angels upset Namib Daughters 1-0 on Saturday, with Ongos Ladies thumping Okahandja 8-1, and second-placed Beauties losing 3-2 to Galz and Goals in a five-goal thriller.

Arrows Ladies secured three crucial points with a 1-0 victory over Ongwediva Queens.

On Sunday, NUST Babes defeated Ongwediva Queens 2-1, Khomas NamPol upset Galz and Goals 1-0, and V-Power Angels lost 3-2 to Okahandja.

Ongos Ladies pulled another upset by scoring six unanswered goals as they defeated Namib Daughters.

Beauties and UNAM Bokkies drew 1-1, while Arrows Ladies fell 4-2 against Ramblers Women.

ource: The Namibia Press Agency

Race for NPL in sight amid heated promotion battle in SSFD

The fight for a spot in the Debmarine Namibia Premier League is coming down to the wire, with four clubs vying for the top spot in the Southern Stream First Division (SSFD) with just five games left.

Namibian Correctional Service FC presently leads the league after a string of triumphs, including a hard-fought 2-1 win against Davos in Windhoek on Sunday and a 4-1 victory over relegation-threatened Deutscher Turn-und Sportverein (DTS) on Saturday.

Blue Boys, a former Premier League contender, put considerable pressure on them for the league crown after winning back-to-back games against Black Africa (4-1) on Saturday and defeating Ramblers 1-0 on Sunday to cut the gap to NCS to two points.

Eleven Arrows are not far behind, trailing by 10 points to league leaders on 34 points, while Mariental Football Club is in fourth place with 32.

Anything is plausible now that the championship title is on the line, and any missteps by any of the top four teams might cost them the league over their opponents.

Eleven Arrows failed to gather maximum points, collecting just four out of a potential six, reducing their chances of victory. The coastal outfit crushed Black Africa 4-0 on Sunday after drawing 1-1 with Ramblers on Saturday.

Mariental improved their title chances by defeating Oranjemund FC 3-1 on Saturday and Try Again 1-0 on Sunday.

Other Saturday outcomes featured two draws: Try Again and Dates Eleven drew 0-0, while Davos and Latinos tied 1-1.

Latinos hammered DTS 5-1 on Sunday, adding to their relegation woes, while Oranjemund, who are firmly in the relegation zone, suffered another setback, this time against Dates Eleven 3-1.

At the other end of the log standings, only five points separate ninth-placed Black Africa and 12th-placed DTS, leaving four clubs vying for a spot in the top stream division.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Relentless Golden Bees put pressure on KK Palace in NWSFD title race

Golden Bees FC, seeking to return to the Debmarine Namibia Premier League, has put pressure on King Kauluma (KK) Palace after defeating Young Chiefs and Golden Bigs on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

The Outjo-based team maintained its grip on the Northwest Stream First Division League leaders, defeating opponents Young Chiefs (2-0) and Golden Bigs (2-0), putting pressure on KK Palace, who also defeated Oshikuku Young Stars (2-0) and Ongwediva City (1-0) on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

An intriguing three-way title race that began with KK Palace, Eleven Warriors, and Golden Bees has evolved into a duel between KK Palace and Golden Bees, with both teams eager to declare their championship ambitions for next weekend’s final rounds of games.

KK Palace has 40 points, two more than Golden Bees – with only two games remaining, the championship race is now critical, as the two remain strong favourites to win the title.

The weekend results also saw the relegation of Otavi’s Touch and Go, who experienced do
uble defeats, first to Onambula United in a 3-1 thriller on Saturday, before bowing out of the league on Sunday with another 3-1 defeat to Khuse Lions.

Outjo Football Academy, Ongwediva City, Young Chiefs, and Oshikuku Young Stars are all still susceptible to relegation.

With two games remaining in the 2023/2024 season, Saturday’s fixtures brought challenging encounters, with Khuse Lions tearing Eleven Warriors’ aspirations of winning the league in a 2-0 defeat at Oshakati, and the revitalised African Motto also prevailing 1-0 over Ongwediva City.

Outjo Football Academy, determined to avoid relegation, defeated Golden Bigs 3-1 in Outjo, while Golden Bees beat Young Chiefs 2-0 and KK Palace overcame Oshikuku Young Stars 2-0. Onambula United crushed Touch and Go 3-0.

On Sunday, Outjo Football Academy drew 0-0 with Young Chiefs, Golden Bees triumphed 2-0 against Golden Bigs, and Ongwediva City lost 1-0 at home to KK Palace. Oshikuku Young Stars and African Motto shares the spoils following a goalless draw.

Onambula United lost at home to Eleven Warriors, before Khuse Lions defeated Touch and Go 3-1, increasing their prospects of finishing in the top four on the log standings.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Nghitumbwa retains WBO Super Bantamweight title

WINDHOEK: Fillipus Nghitumbwa, Namibia’s Super Bantamweight boxer successfully defended his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa Super Bantam title against DeKang Wang from China.

This was Nghitumbwa’s first title defence after winning the WBO Africa Super Bantamweight title in December 2023 when he defeated Thato Bonokoane of South Africa.

On Saturday, Nghitumbwa, who has a record of 15 fights and 13 wins (12 of which were via knockout), faced an undefeated Asian boxer, DeKang, who has a record of nine fights and nine wins.

To retain his title, Nghitumbwa delivered a stunning performance which impressed all three judges, after 12 intense rounds of boxing at the Ramatax Hall in Otjomuise, Windhoek.

Despite being known for his knockout ability, Nghitumbwa found it tough to crack DeKang, who gave both Namibian and Chinese boxing fans in attendance value for their money as the two boxers exchanged leather.

In the end, all three judges scored in Nghitumbwa’s favour, and he successfully retained his title e
xtending his record to 14 wins.

Speaking after the fight Nghitumbwa said he underestimated his opponent from the start and had to learn the hard way that DeKang was resilient, and it forced him to elevate his performance.

‘The win means a lot to me. I will maybe now see myself in the top ten of the world rankings,’ he said.

DeKang who was handed his first career defeat said the defeat was difficult to accept, but he was optimistic about bouncing back.

‘My opponent is a very good competitor, we had a good fight but I am looking forward to my next fight,’ DeKang said.

Meanwhile, Jeremia Nakathila defeated Evans Sithole, while Immanuel Mungandjera won via a knockout against Tranos Zihove, both from Zimbabwe.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Hainuca matches Fredericks’ record

WINDHOEK: Namibian sprinter Gilbert Hainuca became the second Namibian male athlete ever to run under 10 seconds, when he put up an impressive performance at the Athletics Namibia National Championships held at the Independence Stadium.

The 100m and 200m sprinter on Saturday posted his first sub-10 second run, making him the second fastest man on Namibian soil to run that time in a 100m event.

Hainuca won the men’s 100m final with an impressive time of 9.86 seconds at the weekend’s AN national championships here.

On 03 July 1996, Namibian Olympic silver medallist Frank Fredericks clocked a time of 9.86 seconds in Lausanne, Switzerland, which has remained the national record for 28 years. His time was matched by Hainuca on Saturday.

On 18 May 2002, while competing in Nairobi, Kenya, Fredericks ran even faster, clocking in at 9.85 seconds. But this time did not become the new national record, as the wind was measured at +3.0 by the wind gauge.

In an interview with Nampa on Sunday, Hainuca who retained his
100m and 200m titles at the nationals expressed his joy over his achievement.

‘It feels great to have run that time. This event was approved by World Athletics, therefore I now need another event where I can prove that I can run that time again and then I can qualify for the Olympics,’ he said.

The national champion said he is hopeful that he will get a race probably in Europe so he can make his sub-10 record legal.

‘Hard work does pay off. As an athlete, I have to work hard, study and train, so I would like to thank myself for not giving up. I would also like to thank my coach, Letu Hamhola for always believing in me, and the Vugf family for their unwavering support. Credit for my success should also go to my parents, friends, and other family members who have always been there for me, providing a helping hand and support whenever I need it,’ he said.

Hainuca stated that he felt confident when he stepped on the track and used all he had learned at training to execute a good race.

Source: The Namibia Pr
ess Agency