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NEW ERA | Monday, April 9 2018 Gladiators stumble against Zim Warriors Page 21 Wilhelm retains WBF Africa super welterweight title Page 23 SPORT Rukoro’s office broken into by burglars … computer stolen, investigation underway Otniel Hembapu Windhoek Pushing ahead… Action between African Stars and Civics during their MTC Namibia Premier League clash at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday. African Stars sink Civics to keep title hopes alive WINDHOEK Namibia Premier League (NPL) log leader African Stars beat Civics 1-0 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday to extend their lead at the top of the table to eight points. With only four games left to play in the 2017/18 MTC Premiership, the three-time NPL champions are currently on 55 points while their nearest rival Black Africa, who still have five games to play, are on 47 points. It was a do-or-die matter for both teams on Friday as relegationthreatened Civics needed the points to move themselves out of the danger zone, while Stars went into the game looking for the three points to put more pressure on the chasing pack. It was a 50-50 game in the first half as not many scoring chances were created by the two Windhoekbased teams. The half time score was 0-0. In the second half, Stars coach Bobby Samaria made a few changes, taking out Marius Kotze and Engelhard Kahua for Obrey Amseb and Neville Tjiueza. It took just six minutes for super substitute Amseb to save the day for the league contenders. He displayed his individual brilliance by beating Civics’ defenders, then unleashing a cracker of a shot which left Civics goalkeeper Edward Maova helpless in the 51st minute. With a goal down, Khomasdalbased outfit Civics stepped it up a gear and had more of the ball possession, but their final touch let them down. Civics brought in youthful player Junhino Jantze, who won them possession on the left wing and in midfield, but all his efforts were in vain as his team-mates could not convert it into shots on target or goals. The match finished with Stars extending their lead at the top. Inn a post-match interview, Stars mentor Bobby Samaria said their aim since the start of the 2017/18 season was to be crowned champions. “The ball is currently in our own hands to drop. I am positive we are going to win this title but it’s important that we remain focused and continue getting the results, then we will be crowned league champions,” he said. – Nampa Full NPL Weekend Results Friday, 6 April African Stars 1-0 Civics Saturday, 7 April Chiefs Young 2-0 Chief Santos Young African 0-0 Black Africa Eleven Arrows 1-1 Blue Waters Orlando Pirates 1-1 Life Fighters Tigers 3-0 Tura Magic Mighty Gunners 4-1 Rundu Chiefs The office of the Namibia Football Association (NFA)’s out-of-contract secretary-general Barry Rukoro was broken into by unidentified burglar(s), who are said to have got away with Rukoro’s office computer during a burglary at Football House in Katutura on Saturday night. NFA spokesperson Dan Kamati confirmed the incident to New Era Sport yesterday. He said the thieves manoeuvred their way into Rukoro’s office by first disabling the alarm at the premises before forcing themselves into the office through the window. Rukoro, whose employment contract ended last Saturday, is still holding office as head of the NFA secretariat on the orders of the association’s executive committee, despite NFA president Frans Mbidi and some executive members repeatedly calling on Rukoro to vacate the secretary general seat. On Saturday’s burglary, Kamati said the security guard who is stationed at Football House was not present at the time of the break-in as he was apparently attending to an urgent family matter. “But the police and the security company contracted to guard Football House were here this morning (yesterday morning) to have a look at the extent of the damage and also to take some fingerprints of the suspected burglars. What I can confirm is that they only managed to get away with a computer but nothing else appears to be missing from the office at this stage. There was vital information in the stolen computer but it will however not affect the NFA’s daily operations,” said Kamati, who added that investigations are already underway. Investigating… Members of G4S Security Company are seen here at Football House inspecting the premises following a break-in into the NFA’s out-of-contract secretary general Barry Rukoro’s office on Saturday night. (Left) The damaged office window through which the burglars forced themselves into Rukoro’s office. Photos: Contributed ‘Impressive’ Jonas books place in quarters Medal hopeful… Namibia amateur boxing star Jonas Junius Jonas yesterday defeated Valentin Kondakov of Samoa to book a place in the quarterfinals of the 64kg category at the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast in Australia. Jonas will tomorrow face Dinindu Vidanalage Don of Sri Lanka in the third bout of the quarterfinals. Another Namibian fighter Matias Hamunyela, who competes in the 49kg category, was on Friday knocked out of the competition after he lost to Kenya’s Shaffi Hassan of Kenya, while another Namibian pugilist Tryagain Ndevelo, who fights in the 60kg category, will today be in action when he takes on Australia’s Harry Garside. The Namibian team is competing in athletics, bowls, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, Para-sports and triathlon at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which ends on April 15.

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