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New Era Newspaper - 19/06/2017 - Vol22 No217

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NEW ERA | Monday, June

NEW ERA | Monday, June 19 2017 Juniors grill each other in football tourney Page 22 Welwitschias stumble against the mighty Pumas Page 23 SPORT ‘Executioner’ too sharp for Sai …TKO moves Kautondokwa closer to world title Staff Reporter Accra Undefeated Namibian middleweight boxer Walter ‘The Executioner’ Koutondokwa made short shrift of his fight against Ghanaian opponent Obodai Sai in their WBO Middleweight title eliminator bout at the Bukom Boxing Arena on Friday. In attendance were Black Stars skipper and boxing promoter Asamoah Gyan, former world champions Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey and former sports minister Nii Lantey Vanderpuiye. A fight many thought would go 12 rounds ended prematurely as the clearly superior Namibian outclassed his out-of-sorts Ghanaian opponent. The opening round saw Kautondokwa dominating Sai and landing perfect punches, but the Ghanaian came out strongly in both round two and three as he connected left and right hooks. However, Kautondokwa turned on the heat as he hurt Sai with a ferocious left hook, though the Ghanaian temporarily stood his ground trading punches with the mean Namibian. The Executioner abbreviated the bout in round 5 as he sent Sai to the canvas with a vicious right hook. The Ghanaian failed to respond to the referee’s (Roger Barnor) call, forcing the latter to end the fight. The victory saw the unbeaten Namibian improve his record to (15-0, 14 KO’s), while Sai is now (32-3, 24 KO’s). The bout, put together by Lions was initially Kautondokwa’s title defense, but was later upgraded to a WBO World title elimination bout. Nevertheless, Kautondokwa successfully defended his WBO Africa Middleweight title, whilst adding the IBF Africa title to his collection. “This fight meant a lot to me. Sai and the entire Ghanaian fans predicted that he was going to win but I want to thank the Lord for being with me and applaud all the Namibian fans in Ghana that came out to support us. It was an incredible victory and the future looks bright”, a delighted Kautondokwa said. “I’ve always boasted about this boy’s power and warned the rest of the world that his punching power is special – too much power. And what a victory for him and his career. “We are hopeful this win will elevate him in the world ratings and open bigger doors and opportunities for him”, said Kautondokwa’s handler Nestor Tobias from MTC Sunshine and Boxing Academy – Photo: Namibian welterweight boxer Walter ‘The Executioner’ Koutondokwa (centre) is a step closer to facing the likes of Kazakhstan’s WBA, WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles super champ Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin. Try Again send Arrows packing … Goals galore in Debmarine Cup Carlos Kambaekwa Windhoek The Last 16 of the Debmarine Namibia Cup produced few surprises, with Tseiblaagte outfit Try Again manufacturing a shock 3-2 triumph over premiership side Eleven Arrows, while Unam FC also made an early exit from the lucrative knockout competition. Unam lost to the Mighty Gunners and Young African were too strong for Life Fighters, as 36 goals were scored in the 2017 Debmarine Namibia Cup quarterfinals as confirmed. Going into the match against coastal giants Eleven Arrows as underdogs, Try Again eliminated their more fancied opponents 3-2 at the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay on Saturday. Reggie Rooi, Aubrey Esau and Quinton van Staden netted a goal apiece for the visitors, while Simon Nekongo and Paulus Thomas scored for the home side. Try Again’s agile goalkeeper, Lee Louw, walked away with the Man of the Match accolade for his heroics between the sticks. In other action, Unam made a premature exit from the cup when the students suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of fellow premiership campaigners Mighty Gunners. Coastal outfit Gendev’s fairytale run also came to an abrupt end when they went down 6-2 against Wire Shipanga’s Tura Magic. Rundu Chiefs came out tops in their battle of the north, dispatching a stubborn Tough and Go 2-0 in the opening game of the day at the Kuisebmond stadium. Down south at Mariental Sports Stadium, premiership returnees Life Fighters’ further interest in the competition was abbreviated when Okahirona went down 5-1 against fellow premiership rookies Young African. The boys from Cattle Country took an unassailable 4-2 lead going into the changeover before adding a 5th goal in the 2nd half in an otherwise entertaining match. Elvis Patire netted a brace, with Himee Hengombe, Salatiel Kaunatjike and Man of the Match skipper Ballack Katjiteo adding their names on the score Hanging in there… Gobabis outfit Eastern Chiefs and Try Again (Keetmanshoop) are the only remaining teams from the lower divisions in the Demarine Namibia Cup. Photo: Contributed sheet. Elmo Munoko and Glen Kamutjete scored for the Otjiwarongo side. Leeroy Angula, Job Katshuna and Tumba Muheue spearheaded Young Chiefs 3-1 win over Bee Bob Brothers to book a place in the quarterfinals. Raymond Awaseb pulled a consolation goal back for the hosts. Chiefs’ Penda Mongudhi was deservedly voted Man of the Match. Khomasdal outfit Civics also booked a spot in the quarterfinals, courtesy of a 6-0 thrashing of Young Beauties, with Johannes Damian picking up the Man of the Match award. Damain led the charge with a well-taken hat trick, with Peter Stevens also registering his name on the score sheet, while Erich Ochurub netted a brace to complete the riot. When Eastern Chiefs and Outjo Academy locked horns, it was Man of the Match Hikuepi Kakuua’s double that separated the two teams as Chiefs sailed through to the quarterfinals. The following teams will go into the hat for the draw of the Debmarine Namibia Cup Quarterfinals: Civics, Mighty Gunners, Young Chiefs, Young African, Eastern Chiefs, Try Again, Rundu Chiefs, Tura Magic.

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