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New Era Newspaper - 26/06/2017 - Vol22 No222

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22 SPORT Monday, June 26 2017 | NEW ERA Di Basters FC gives back to Rehoboth community A Rehoboth-based social league football club Di Basters recently ploughed back into the community when members of the club took it upon themselves to renovate two old age homes in the town’s Blocks B and E residential areas, as part of their community service programme. Affiliated to the National Social Football League, Di Basters decided to put special focus and emphasis on the elders of Rehoboth by renovating the old age homes, painting the ailing properties and doing some major plumbing work as well as other minor renovations, as required. Upon finishing the renovations, club members also gave the elders a serious treat by dishing out some delicious warm-cooked meals, packages of winter clothes and cosmetics to each resident. “This was just the beginning of many projects to follow and we hope our efforts will encourage other organisations to follow our path of social contribution,” says Huscit Visagie, the club’s spokesperson. De Sousa motivated for youth championships WINDHOEK Namibian sprinter Sade de Sousa is motivated to give her best at the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Youth Championships, starting on July 12-16. The championships for under-18 athletes will be held in Nairobi, Kenya at the Moi International Sports Centre. Speaking to Nampa during a capping ceremony at the offices of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), De Sousa said she has trained well for the competition and is looking forward to the challenge. “I am not promising medals but reaching the finals will be one of my biggest goals,”said de Sousa, who will be competing in the 100m and 200m events. She added that competing at the competition will give her a chance to challenge herself against the world’s best as is every athlete’s dream and goal. The young sprinter, who clocked 11.85 seconds in the 100m final to be crowned Namibia’s female champion at the 2017 National Championships for elite women in April this year, also ran 24.30 seconds in the 200m, where she finished second and qualified for the World Youth Championships. Three other Namibian athletes will represent the country at this international competition. They are Ivan Geldenhuys who will compete in the 400m sprint, Theron Human who will compete in the 100m and 200m sprints and Ryan Williams, who will compete in the discus. Addressing the athletes on Monday, NSC chief administrator Freddy Mwiya said the time has come for Namibian athletes to prove they also belong in first class. Team manager Leoni van Rensburg told this agency the athletes have been prepared well for the competition and she is confident they will compete well against the world’s best. This will be the 10th and last edition of the biennial international athletics competition for youth. In August 2016, the IAAF decided to cancel the World Youth Championships as of 2018, saying it is not the best pathway for the athletes at that stage of their career and they will instead focus on regional competitions. - Nampa Rising star... Sprinter Sade de Sousa seen here in action during this year’s National Track and Field Championships at the Windhoek Independence Stadium. Photo: Nampa

Monday, June 26 2017| NEW ERA SPORT 23 Tough battle... Unam’s Lorenzo Louis (with ball) seen here in action. Photo: Nampa United loses grip in rugby league battle WINDHOEK The hopes and dreams of United reaching the knockout stage of the Namibia Rugby Premier League were on Friday night dashed when they suffered a 9-38 defeat against table-toppers University of Namibia (Unam). With only two rounds left before the knockout stages in the Namibia rugby premiership get underway, United needed a win against Unam to keep their dream alive of reaching the knockout phase. In a one-sided match at the Unam Sports Stadium in the capital, log leaders Unam ran in six tries and converted four times from the spot to extend their lead at the top of the table. Reinhardt Carelse, Cameron Klassen, TC Kiesing, Silvano Beukes, Chesbour Lawrense and Bradley Klazen scored Unam’s tries, while Kiesing, Lorenzo Louis (two) and Denver Merurua converted from the spot. With Unam already assured of finishing top of the log, the battle for the last three semi-final spots is still open for the other six teams, but with United losing grip after Friday’s defeat, they now have to keep their fingers crossed hoping their opponents also slip up in their remaining fixtures. In other weekend results, Western Suburbs defeated coastal outfit Kudus by 43-13 to set up a clear path heading into the upcoming last fixtures before the curtains on the knockout matches goes up. Unam have dominated league proceedings since the beginning of the current term, winning all 24 of their last league matches. Before the weekend fixtures, Western Suburbs were second on the log with 38 points, followed by Wanderers (37), Walvis Bay (32), Kudus (29), United (22) and Rehoboth (21). - Nampa Simfukwe wins Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket title WINDHOEK Zambian golfer Aaron Simfukwe on Saturday won his second title of the Men’s A Division Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket golf tournament. Simfukwe became the first player to win the trophy back to back since its inception in 2013. The Zambian golfer first won the competition in 2016. The Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket saw top amateur golfers from 11 African nations competing in the finals in Windhoek, after winning national competitions in their respective countries. Speaking to Nampa after the competition, Simfukwe said winning the competition was not a walk in the park but he was happy to have put his name on the trophy once again. He added that he will now turn professional and hope to give his seniors a run for their money. “I did not want to make it look easy when I returned the trophy but hard work, dedication and discipline made me feel at ease throughout the two days of the competition. I will now be turning professional next week and winning this competition was a good motivation for me ahead of the upcoming championships as a professional golfer,” he said. The Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception. Only five countries competed in 2013 – Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Since 2016, players from Swaziland, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Seychelles and Mauritius have since competed in the event. Each country had four qualifying tournaments and the winners then qualified for the finals in Windhoek. Another tournament that was played alongside the Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket was the Windhoek Lager International Pair South Africa, with the top two pairs qualifying to compete in the World International Pairs in Portugal later this year. Dewald Niemandt and Herman Rheeder won that category, while Johan Steyl and Dawel le Roux finished the event as runners-up. -Nampa Photo: Nampa Moment of victory... Zambian golfer Aaron Simfukwe jovially posing with the trophy after winning his second title of the Men’s A Division of the Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket golf tournament on Saturday in Windhoek.

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