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New Era Newpaper Wednesday October 4, 2017

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22 SPORT Wednesday, October 4 2017 | NEW ERA Pakistani popularises cricket among city youth Sky is the limit… Aspiring cricketers will soon realise their dream of playing competitive cricket if Pakistani national Sayed Haider gets his way of bringing the game of cricket to the city’s informal settlements. (Below Haider (second from left, back row) and his team donated food parcels to the needy in Ombili on the outskirts of Windhoek. …Donates food parcels to the needy Carlos Kambaekwa Windhoek Pakistanis are known for their aggressive bowling in the game of cricket and business acumen off the pitch, but there is another side to their humanity. A local businessman, Pakistani national Syed Kamram Haider has taken the bull by the horn and is determined to introduce cricket amongst the previously disadvantaged communities, notably stray kids around Namibia’s commercial hub (Windhoek) informal settlements with the ultimate aim to popularize the game amongst the youth. To demonstrate his seriousness and commitment towards the plight of the poor, the generous Haider donated dozens of food parcels including a consignment of beverages to the residents of Okuryangava, Wanaheda and Ombili – worth thousands of dollars – as part of his social responsibilities. Haider, a member of the social Pakistani cricket team made up of Pakistanis residing in Namibia, teamed up with fellow Pakistan national Mirza Hasmain Bashir to put their money where their mouths are last weekend with the assistance of Constable Victor Mwiya from the Namibian Police Force. Haider owns multiple business entities in the city of Windhoek with a workforce of close to 50 employees. His business empire includes Hussain Import & Exportec, Shining Stone as well as several shop outlets dealing in electrical appliances. The kind-hearted astute businessman, who has been living in Namibia for more than 10 years, made a humble appeal to fellow Pakistanis residing in Namibia to follow suit. Tribute to football icons The giant has fallen… RIP Aphas Koviuana Katjivirue The Namibian football fraternity woke up to the sad news of the sudden passing of two football stalwarts and as if this was not enough, well known referee Rodney Samuel Rooinasie also took a bow from the game of life. News of the passing on of the former Life Fighters hard-as-nails defender Siegfried Kauripeke, better known as “Sipho” in football circles, sent shockwaves among many football followers just as the they were comingto terms with the passing of former African Stars versatile athlete and astute communal farmer, Aphas The latter was the stepfather of Namibian Police Deputy Commissioner/Head of Public Relations, Edwin Kanguatjivi. The deceased was elder brother to Ricky Katjivirue, former manager of the Baronages pop ensemble in the 70s and drummer of the now defunct popular Bee Bop Brothers pop band from Windhoek’s old location. May their soul rest in eternal peace. Watch this space for a more detailed tribute to our departed football heroes. Gone too soon… RIP Sipho Kauripeke

Wednesday, October 4 2017 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 UNAM, WOBSC claim Field Hockey League titles Staff Reporter Windhoek U were crowned champions of this year’s Bank Windhoek Field Hockey Premier League in their respective divisions. teams were deservedly crowned champions of the women and men’s premier league divisions in stylish fashion. In the men’s division, Saints came up of the season against latter – emerging 2-1 victors. Saints needed a bonus point to have any mathematical chance of winning the coveted league title but their dream evaporated into thin air with Cody van der Merwe and Liam Hermanus netting a goal apiece for the unlucky Saints. In other action, UNAM had a date with tops with a 2-1 score line – courtesy of a welltaken brace via the accurate stick of Baggio Karigub, who scored both goals. Newly crowned league champions, must-win encounter if they were to secure the elusive premier league title and they did the opening whistle. The champions in waiting were eventually rewarded for their perseverance claiming a convincing 9-1 triumph to claim the coveted league title. In the women’s action, UNAM went toe to who scored four unanswered goals to end the season on a high note. Theodora Amutjira netted scored a hat trick for UNAM. Saints battled it out in a thrilling match as Saints attacked for the better part of the match but it was not good enough on the day, with the match ending in a disappointing 1-all stalemate. Kaela Schimming registered her name on the score sheet for Saints while Vanessa UNAM were slated to play against crosstown cousins NUST, but the latter did not bother to pitch – thus forfeiting the match to UNAM taking 5-0 victory via a walkover to be crowned champions without having to shed an ounce of sweat. Men’s Premier League Teams P W L D GF GA B/Points Women’s Premier League Teams P W L D GF GA B/Points Rolling with the punches... WOBSC’s Dylan Finch (grounded) gets the better of Herschelle van Schalkwyk of BDO Wanderers during their one sided Premier League Hockey match in last weekend’s league action. The latter suffered a humiliating 9-1 defeat …As unsettled Bafana host in-form Stallions Carlos Kambaekwa Windhoek Retired football referee and former president of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), John Muinjo, has been given the nod by the world’s football governing body FIFA to keep an eagle eye over proceedings in the penultimate 2018 South Africa and Burkina Faso at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, on Saturday. The likeable Namibian has been appointed match commissioner for encounter and leaves for South Africa on Friday. Muinjo will supervise the six-men delegation of Cameroonian match referees with Alioum Alioum (central referee), Evarist Menkouande and Elvis Noupue (assistant referees) and Souley Mohamadou Magassa is the referees’ assessor. The Stallions, as Burkina Faso national football team is affectionally known amongs its ardent followers, have already touched down in South Africa. The visitors are minus injured attackers Jonathan Pitroipa and Jonathan Zongo as well as reliable defender Issoufou Dayo (suspension). Burkina Faso share top spot in Group D with tiny Cape Verde on six points each after four rounds of matches, a point above Saturday’s opponents South Africa. The latter and Senegal do have a was chalked off by FIFA after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was found guilty of result manipulation. The two teams played to a 1–all draw the last time the teams locked horns, which makes Saturday’s match an enticing one. Still going strong… FIFA accredited match commissioner and NFA Honorary President John Muinjo

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