NEW ERA | Monday, June 12 2017 Namibia stumble against Spain in Nations Cup opener Page 22 One on One with Walter ‘The Executioner’ Kautondokwa Page 23 SPORT Welwitschias suffer another massive defeat The Xerox Golden Lions scored unanswered 14 tries as they mauled the Windhoek Draught Welwitchias 84-0 (halftime 24-0) in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday. The Lions’ bonus point victory lifts them to within one point of the North Section log leaders, the Vodacom Blue Bulls, but with a game in hand and increased their points difference to a massive 202. The home side were not helped by the fact they suffered a yellow card as early as the eighth minute when flyhalf Dirk von Weidts was sent to the sin bin. It took the visitors just four minutes after that to open their account when inside centre Gerdus van der Walt rounded off a good team try, converted by flyhalf Siya Masuku. The score could have been closer to the 100- mark had Masuku not missed six of his attempts at goal. But the Lions extended their lead to 14 points, with a converted try through No. 8 Jano Venter before Von Weidts returned to the field. Worse was to follow for the Welwitchias as they were handed their second yellow card of the half, with prop Andries Rossouw being asked to spend 10 minutes on the sideline after 26 minutes. The resultant penalty, which was driven into the corner, produced the third try of the afternoon as flanker Hacjivah Dayimini barged over in the corner for the first of his two tries. The visitors rounded off the first half when they registered their bonus point try through lock Aurther de Wee, who forced his way over in the left-hand corner. Masuku was unable to convert either of the tries as the Lions entered the change room 24 points to the good. The second half was all one-way traffic as the visitors from Johannesburg ran in 10 tries with left-wing Gerhardus Labuschagne registering a hat-trick of five-pointers. Labuschagne showed his pace in the first 10 minutes after the restart, running in two tries in the space of six minutes, one of which was converted by Masuku to give the Lions a 36-point cushion after 50 minutes. Despite a raft of personnel changes from the hosts, the Lions scored again when Dayimini waltzed through the defence to score his second try of the day. Flanker James Venter then got in on the action scoring two consecutive tries within the space of five minutes as the Lions crossed the 50-point mark midway through the second half. De Wee and Labushagne both scored again before the 70-minute mark and then the visitors ran riot in the final 10 minutes with the home side having no clue how to stop the white and red juggernaut. Adriaan Bester, Selom Gavor and Morne van der Berg all scored tries as the Lions rounded off an excellent afternoon in the Namibian capital, and heaping more misery on the Welwitchias, who have now lost six games out of seven and remain rooted to the bottom of the North Section log. The Lions face off against the Hino Valke next Friday while the Welwitchias face another tough encounter when they host the Steval Pumas in Windhoek next Saturday. - Supersport.com Unshaken... Although Namibia kicked off their 2019 Afcon qualification campaign on a slippery rim following Saturday’s narrow 1-0 defeat against Guinea-Bissau, Brave Warriors gaffer Ricardo Mannetti is not a worried man as he maintains Namibia still has a good chance to qualify. No need to press panic buttons yet – Mannetti ...still hopeful of 2019 Afcon qualification Otniel Hembapu Windhoek Despite a narrow 1-0 defeat against Guinea-Bissau in their Group K 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualification match on Saturday, Brave Warriors mentor Ricardo Mannetti remains optimistic about Namibia’s chances of qualifying and insists there’s no need to press the panic buttons yet. Guinea-Bissau edged out Namibia 1-0 in the 2019 Afcon qualification Group K match at the Estadio 24 de Setembro in Bissau on Saturday. The victory takes Djurtus - as Guinea-Bissau are affectionately known - to the top of the Group K standings with three points, while the Brave Warriors are fourth with no points. Djurtus, who were the surprise package during the 2017 Afcon qualifying campaign, broke the deadlock 24 minutes into the match. It was Jerson who hit the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Guinea-Bissau via a well executed free kick. But despite the slippery start to their Cameroon 2019 Afcon qualifiers, Mannetti remains unshaken and teeming with confidence as he maintains that Namibia’s chances of booking a place at the 2019 Afcon are wide open and considering the substantial time gap between most Afcon qualifying matches, Namibia will in no time be in a better position to start raking in some much needed wins. Heading to Bissau, Mannetti and his charges were faced with major match fitness issues as most local players haven’t kicked a ball for almost a year due to the dormancy of the domestic flagship football league, while most of the foreign-based players are not accorded adequate game time at their respective clubs. “The goal was a brilliant free kick. No one is to blame for the result and they held on until the very end. But we played good football as well. Judging from the overall performance of the boys, despite all the challenges of having no premiership football in the country for all these months, I have to say it gives me hope that we can still make it. We should not press panic Photo: BackpagePix buttons yet, there is no need,” confidently said Mannetti in a post-match interview with the NFA Media Desk. Mannetti said the team remained on track for Cameroon 2019 and can change things come next year when the qualifiers resume, further emphasising that the long hiatus before the next qualifiers will also give the team much needed time to make some amends, especially in terms of match fitness and hopefully the domestic league would have started by then. In other Group K results, Mozambique defeated Zambia 1-0 to go top of the group, followed by Guinea Bissau. Zambia and Namibia are bottom on zero points. Namibia will host Zambia next year in March while Guinea Bissau will visit Mozambique that same weekend in a top two clash. The team was expected to return home late yesterday with some players to feature in the Debmarine Cup on June 17 after which they will depart for Rustenburg, South Africa for the 2017 Cosafa Cup where they face Lesotho on July 1 in the quarterfinals.