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NEW ERA | Monday, June

NEW ERA | Monday, June 26 2017 De Sousa motivated for youth championships Page 22 Simfukwe wins Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket title Page 23 SPORT Namibia beat SA to qualify for 2018 World Cup ...dominate individual awards Tyron Barnard Swakopmund History was made in Swakopmund yesterday when the Namibian indoor hockey ladies team shocked all and sundry with a stunning victory over South Africa that secured their place in the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup for 2018. South Africa had been dominant in the tournament conceding only one goal, while Namibia had looked distinctly average and out of sorts throughout but the Namibian ladies yesterday regrouped and delivered a masterpiece that left tongues wagging at Swakopmund’s The Dome arena. It took less than a minute for Namibia to open the score through Marcia Venter but there was however a small debate about whether the ball took a touch – however at the end the umpires were all satisfied and it was awarded. Playing in her 51st Test match, South African skipper Cindy Hack levelled the score after great work by Eloise Walters. Jessica O’Connor who was celebrating her 50th Test cap would have been delighted when Hack turned provider to allow Shelley Higgo to net the goahead goal for South Africa. Not long after the goal, Higgo then brought down Jocelle Deysel in the box and it resulted in a penalty for Namibia, which was well finished by Gillian Hermanus. Just seven minutes into the final spectators had seen four goals. After about 28 minutes South Africa scored their third goal via Hack to take a 3-2 lead, but the girls from the land of the brave kept pressing the South African defence and coming forward in search of that elusive goal. The South Africans started dropping back and allowing pressure and with 15 seconds left on the clock Venter was again back in the thick of things when she punished South Africa from a loose piece and forced the game to be decided on a shootout. In the shootout Namibia did not disappoint and they went ahead to beat South Africa 2-1 on penalties to book their place in next year’s FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup. In the men’s final, also in a match between Namibia and South Africa, an early goal by Reza Rosenberg gave South Africa the lead and just as halftime approached, Namibia’s keeper made an error and Justin Domleo pounced to extend their lead to 2-0 at halftime. Early in the second half, men’s player of the tournament Brynn Cleak pulled one back for Namibia and brought back some sense of belief and confidence. Namibian goalkeeper DJ Strauss did everything he could to make up for the earlier error and made some great saves to deny the South Africans. The nerves were jangling but the South African defence worked extra hard to limit Namibia’s scoring chances and made sure the match ended 2-1 in favour of South Africa. - Individual Awards: Women’s Player of the Tournament – Maggie Mengo (Namibia) Men’s Player of the Tournament – Brynn Cleak (Namibia) Men’s Keeper of the Tournament – DJ Strauss (Namibia) Women’s Keeper of the Tournament – Jamie Haasbroek (Zimbabwe) Women’s Top Goalscorer – Heather McEwan (South Africa) Men’s Top Goalscorer – Keagan Robinson (South Africa) Tough battle... Namibia’s hockey sensation Maggie Mengo (right) in action against South Africa. Photos: Winners... Namibia’s indoor hockey ladies team yesterday defeated South Africa 2-1 on penalties at The Dome in Swakopmund, to secure their place in the FIH 2018 Indoor Hockey World Cup for 2018. Furious Kandorozu shoots back at sports ministry Carlos Kambaekwa Windhoek NUDO’s Okakarara Constituency Councillor Vetaruhe Kandorozu has blasted as hogwash claims advanced by the acting director of sports in the portfolio ministry, Jo-Ann Manuel. The NUDO firebrand angrily reacted to what he termed lame excuses advanced by the ministry following complaints about the absence of a dedicated sports officer in the constituency. Though Manuel admitted that the absence of a dedicated sports officer was hampering development in the particular region, she angered the outspoken politician when she said the appointment of a sports officer was hamstrung by the moratorium placed on all state organs, especially in terms of new recruitments and construction of new facilities, etc. “Their excuse of a moratorium on expenditure is wrong because the moratorium is not for existing human resources portfolios, it’s for new structures and other new projects not yet implemented. In fact, they are using that money for that position as a saving to cover other expenses hence the delay,” he charged. He added that the said position has been vacant for seven years now, adding that the economic recession only started last year. He questioned how could the moratorium all of a sudden become retrospective. “That’s a very illiterate excuse and undermining the people of Okakarara’s intellectual capacity. We regard this as an embargo towards the people of Okakarara to make sure they don’t participate at any rank and file in sports codes and make sure they don’t wear national colours.” He believes this should be a decision for the ministry, not for cabinet with regard to the Okakarara sports officer as alluded by Manuel in her earlier response. Kandorozu claimed the ministry of youth and sport has embarked on a deliberate decision to destroy the youth from Okakarara in an attempt to ensure they do not have careers. “We have communicated this to the minister of youth and sport Hon. Jerry Ekandjo, but as usual our plea fell on deaf ears. All of a sudden, the very same ministry is telling us to write to cabinet – where on earth have you seen a constituency office directly making a submission to cabinet on administrative matters?” “We want a sports officer to be appointed without further delay. Failure to adhere to this would result in my constituency office requesting all constituency sportsmen and women to stage a demonstration to demand their human right of career [development] be taken care of by the responsible ministry.” He threatened he will transport them to Windhoek to camp at the ministry of youth and sport until their demands are met. In conclusion, the NUDO firebrand is demanding a prompt response from the line minister or the permanent secretary: “Not from an ordinary acting person with a ‘by the way’ kind of lukewarm response with absolutely no substance in it.”

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