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New Era Newspaper Monday April 9, 2018

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22 SPORT Monday, April 9 2018 | NEW ERA Shalulile’s Highlands Park wins promotion to PSL Otniel Hembapu Windhoek Enterprising Namibian international striker Peter Shalulile on Saturday delivered a glistening performance as he inspired his South African club Highlands Park FC to a resounding 5-1 win over a hapless University of Pretoria (AmaTuks), a victory that sealed Highlands Park’s automatic return to the Premier Soccer League (PSL). Shalulile scored one of the five goals that saw The Lions of the North, as Highlands are known, overpower the University of Pretoria by 5-1 to become the National First Division (NFD) champions on Saturday at Makhulong Stadium in Gauteng, South Africa. Goals from Shalulile, Sphiwe Mahlangu, Lindokuhle Mbatha and a decisive brace by Vukile Mngqibisa ensured Highlands’ immediate return to South Africa’s top-flight league, the PSL. Chemon Petersen scored the only goal for the University of Pretoria. Their goal has been accomplished as the club gained automatic promotion to the elite league with four games to spare - a rare occurrence in the NFD. The appointment of Owen Da Gama as the head coach and Allan Freese as his assistant seems to be one of the best decisions made by the Highlands management. The duo have not lost a league match since their arrival in September. Their stint managed to surpass the now defunct Thanda Royal Zulu’s record of 19 unbeaten games - they have now gone 21 games without recording a defeat. Highlands dominated most of Saturday’s game - as they did with the league campaign this season. They were not going to be denied the opportunity to wrap it up at home, and they did so in style. With Highlands winning automatic promotion, playoff spots and relegation battles will now take centre stage. The remaining games should be interesting at the top and bottom. Any slip-up will mean dropping places on the table, and no one can afford to do that. Black Leopards, Real Kings, Jomo Cosmos, Witbank Spurs, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and Cape Town All Stars are in contention for the second and third spots, where they will contend with the 15th-placed Absa Premiership club in the playoffs. – Additional reporting: NOTICE We have moved nfcpt_05_04_18 From: Oshetu Market, SIngle Quarters Shanghai Street NamPort Building Industrial Road, To (New addresses): Wanaheda, Omongo Street, next to Cosmetica Lüderitz, Benguella District, Diaz Street Species Available: Horse Mackerel, Hake, Silver Angel, Baby Hake & many more. Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 08:30 to 16:30 Saturdays: 08:00 to 11:30 For more information please contact: Ms. Selma Moongo, Marketing & Communications Officer at Tel: 064 200 752 or Cell: 081 143 8854 Bringing fish to the nation Paying tribute… Reigning MTC Premiership champions Tigers Football Club befittingly dedicated Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Tura Magic to three of their departed loyal supporters, struggle icon Sackey Namugongo, Martin Emvula and Ndamona Benjamin, who all passed on recently. Ndamona is a sister to former Brave Warriors midfielder Collin Benjamin. May their souls rest in eternal peace. Photo: Carlos Kambaekwa

Monday, April 9 2018 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 Unam too strong for Rehoboth WINDHOEK The University of Namibia Rugby Club continued to show their dominance in local rugby after thrashing Rehoboth 47-6 on Saturday at the Unam stadium. The 2018 Rugby Premier League season, which kicked off in March, is in round four of its fixtures. Unam has maintained their undefeated record since the 2016 Premier League season. The university team that started the season with impressive wins over Western Suburbs, Reho Falcon and Kudu, extended their winning streak to 36 league matches after thrashing Rehoboth here on Saturday. Unam ran in four tries in the first half and converted three times, while their opponents failed to put a point on the score sheet. The half-time score was 26-0. In the second half, Rehoboth kept the university team at bay as its defence did all they could to prevent Unam from scoring more tries, leading the visitors to get two penalties for themselves which they scored. Despite Rehoboth being strong defensively, the Unam boys who appear physically more fit than most of their opponents in the league, still managed to run in three more tries for their 47-6 win. Their seven tries were scored by Chessborough Lawrence (2); Bradley Klazen; Cameron Klassen; Camlo Martin; Hilarius Kisting and Jay-C Olivier, while fullback Lorenzo Louis added four conversions and Kisting two. The Rehoboth penalties were scored by Titus Howard. Unam are now 11 points clear at the top of the log with just four games played thus far in the league. They are on 19 points while United, who were beaten 25-21 by Kudus on Saturday in Walvis Bay, are second on eight points. Wanderers redeemed themselves from a Western Suburbs defeat as they thrashed Reho Falcon 55-13 in Rehoboth, also on Saturday. Suburbs did not play a game over the weekend as there are only seven rugby teams competing in the Premier League. – Nampa Wilhelm retains WBF Africa super welterweight title Photo: Nampa Victorious… Boxer Vakufilapo ‘Cowboy’ Wilhelm seen here with trainer Tobias Nashilongo after successfully defending his WBF Africa super welterweight title. WINDHOEK Namibian boxing sensation Vakufilapo ‘Cowboy’ Wilhelm retained his World Boxing Federation (WBF) Africa super welterweight title with a sixth-round stoppage Sunday morning. Wilhelm beat his Malawian opponent, Limbani Masamba at the Windhoek Showgrounds during the Salute Boxing Academy ‘Showdown’ Boxing Bonanza. Masamba, who promised to stop his opponent and get the WBF African title, had little to offer in the ring as Wilhelm took control of the fight from the opening round until the Malawian boxer threw in the towel in the sixth round. The referee stopped the fight just two minutes and 39 seconds (2:39) into that round. The Namibian boxer, who entered the venue with an entourage of bikes, used his speed and jabs to punish his opponent, who struggled to match his boxing style. Speaking to Nampa after the fight, Masamba said his body told him he could not take it anymore, prompting him to give up. “Today was not my day. My opponent was really too fast for me and he was hitting me more, that is why I decided to stop. But next time I come to Namibia I’ll talk less and do the job when I get into the ring,” he said. On his part, Wilhelm said he is the future of Namibian boxing and he is looking forward to even better fights. “I am ready to beat whoever I fight. I trained well for this fight as you saw, the Malawian got it and I am in my best shape,” he said. Wilhelm now has a record of seven fights and seven wins, with six of them coming via knockout. In other fights on the night, Frans Naanda beat Titus Thomas, who made his pro debut, on points after four rounds of boxing in the bantamweigh category. In a heavyweight bout, Zimbabwean Simon Madhanire beat Walter Mukoroli with a round two knockout. In one of the most exciting bouts on the night, the fight between David ‘Opuwo Flash’ Shinuna and Costa Frans was ruled a ‘no contest’ after the two boxers clashed heads in round three. Officials stopped the fight as Shinuna had a cut on his head. Gabriel Imalwa beat his fellow Namibian, Tommy Nakashimba on points after six rounds of boxing in their super featherweight bout Another super featherweight bout saw Nathanael Sebastian beat Dominicus Weyulu with a round three technica knockout. The referee stopped the fight 1:44 seconds into the round. Another technical knockout on the night came in the middleweigh category, when Ndangi Shapwa, who also made his pro debut, had a nigh to forget. Alfeus Shilongo battered Shapwa for two rounds and he then threw in the towel at the start of the third round. In a title fight between Nathanae Kakololo and Israel Kammwamba of Malawi, the Namibian boxer beat his hard-punching opponent from Malaw 98-92; 97-93 and 99-92 to win the vacant WBF Africa featherweight title Wilbeforce Shihepo also beat his opponent, Mussa Ajibu from Malawi in a light heavyweight bout which turned out to be a wrestling match. Shihepo knocked his opponent out in the third round, forcing referee Trevor Jacobs to stop the fight. Despite the referee stopping the fight, Ajibu took the matter into his own hands and the two boxers ended up in a brawl. Police officers had to step into the ring to help the two camps to restrain the two fighters. – Nampa Mensah elected as new NRU president Otniel Hembapu Windhoek Veteran rugby administrator and Western Suburbs Rugby Club president Corrie Mensah was Saturday elected as the new president of the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) during the union’s annual general meeting (AGM) held in the capital on Saturday. Mensah replaces prominent lawyer Bradley Basson, who took over as NRU president in 2012 and was again reelected unopposed in 2016. Also at Saturday’s meeting, a new executive committee was elected and saw Etienne Coetzee elected as vice-president for Governance; Ivan Gaya vice-president for Rugby; Jacky Husselman (Referees); Abie van Wyk (Namibia Secondary Schools Rugby); Werner Jeffery (Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia); Corné Powell (Namibia Rugby Players Association), Johan Ockhuizen, James Camm, Edwin Coetzee, David van Kradenburg and Chandler Plato (all regional representatives). The new executive will steer the NRU ship for the next five years and will be working hand in glove with the union’s newly established commercial arm Namibia Rugby Ltd, which is a Section 21 (not for profit) company created to ensure financial and commercial viability of the NRU. Namibia Rugby Ltd, which also looks after the financial and technical well-being of all national teams, Under 20s and the national Sevens as well as the domestic leagues, is headed by Mervin Green. New leadership… Newly elected members of the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) executive committee, which was elected at the union’s annual general meeting in Windhoek on Saturday.

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