NEW ERA | Monday, August 14 2017 Mighty Gunners win Otjozondjupa netball tourney Page 22 Kauta leads the race for NPL hot seat Page 22 SPORT utsy Warriors go down fighting arlos Kambaekwa indhoek well dispatched second half spot-kick by Ballack Somaeb handed the Namiban senior football team, the Brave arriors, a morale-booster ahead f their decisive final leg of the 018 CAF African Nations Chamionship (CHAN) Cup Qualifier gainst hosts Comoros yesterday. Despite losing 2-1 against the ost nation in an action-packed atch at Stade de Moroni, the eg-weary Namibians put up a allant performance after falling wo goals behind going into the alftime break. The match started at a fast ace, with the hosts asking serius questions of the Namibian efense. Comoros handsomely ere rewarded for their efforts by aking a healthy two-goal cushion oing into changeover (2-0). Comoros netted their goals hrough Chadouli Mradabi and ohamed Youssef, but Bucksy Mannetti’s rusty soliers dusted themselves off magificently after a through tongueashing by the technical staff during he interval. The boys were fired up at the esumption and started to make ore frequent forays to the oposition’s danger zone – only to e thwarted by resolute defending y the home side. Nonetheless, the visitors’ per- … Crucial away goal a glimmer of hope Photo: NFA Par excellence… Brave Warriors’ inspirational playmaker, Petrus ‘Dancing Shoes’ Shitembi (No.19) played a blinder in the middle of the park, but his defense-splitting passes were constantly wrongly interpreted by the striking pair of Soameb and Benjamin Nekavu. Comoros won the match yesterday 2-1. severance finally paid off when enterprising midfielder Dynamo Fredericks was tumbled in the penalty area, leaving the referee with no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. Veteran striker Soameb stepped up and made no mistake from the resultant spot-kick to narrow the deficit by one goal (2-1) with 13 minutes gone into the second half. The goal gave a confidenceboost to the visitors, with Somaeb going close to complete his brace in the dying minutes of the match, but the goalframe came to the home team’s rescue. The decisive return leg will be staged at Sam Nujoma Stadium this coming Sunday. Despite the defeat, coach Mannetti expressed satisfaction with the manner in which the team responded after going two goals down in the opening half. “We changed things and tactics in the second half and it paid off, as the boys responded well and now have to finish the job on the return leg in Windhoek. “I would urge our fans back home not to start pressing the panic buttons, because I remain confident that we can make the victory sweet playing in front of our home crowd,” Mannetti said after yesterday’s match. The Warriors’ inspirational skipper, Stigga Ketjijere, was also optimistic about Namibia’s chances in the vital 2nd leg encounter. “We need to convert our chances at home. We conceded silly goals today as a result of defensive errors, yet I still think we could have fashioned a draw, however that’s the game of football, but we keep our heads up.” Warriors’ wily coach Mannetti also made an adjustment to the team that started against Zimbabwe, installing Civics’ agile shotstopper Edward ‘Ted’ Maova, in the place of African Stars’ injured goalie, Loydt Kazapua. Brave Warriors starting lineup: Edward ‘Ted’ Maova, Larry Horaeb, Tebs ‘Ace Kanono’ Lombard, Mashaba Karongee, Riaan //Hanamub, Dynamo Fredericks, Stigga Ketjijere (capt) Benjamin Nekavu, Petrus ‘Dancing Shoes’ Shitembi, Ballack Somaeb, Itamunua Keimuine. – Additional info: NFA.org Indongo’s camp in high spirits as countdown begins Carlos Kambaekwa Windhoek With just a few days to go before Namibia’s internationally acclaimed and highly rated professional Junior Welterweight champion Julies ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo climbs into the ring to confront the equally dangerous American, Terence Crawford, for the unification of the WBO, WBC, WBA and IBF world titles, butterflies are running riot in the bellies of local boxing fanatics. Indongo’s handler, Namibia’s world renowned boxing promoter, Nestor ‘Sunshine’ Tobias (NT), spoke to New Era Sport (NES) from his temporary base in New York to shed light on his protégé’s progress and the young boxer’s overall readiness for the biggest fight in the history of Namibian boxing in the paid ranks. NES: With days left before the fight of the century, could you please furnish us with your insights about your preparations since your early arrival in the USA and your overall expectations about the outcome of this historic bout? NT: We are just excited to be part of this history in the making event on Saturday, the 19th of August. It can’t get bigger than this, but we remain focused and humble. NES: Word from Crawford’s stable is that although they are not underestimating Indongo, they remain confident of manufacturing a victory. NT: We are not worried about what other people say, or what they think of Indongo, as that will never make any difference in our game plan, but what makes a difference is to work hard and master our game plan, so that is our focus right now. NES: Sentiments and loyalty aside, local boxing pundits believe Indongo has what it takes to fashion an historic triumph – given his high confidence complimented by his height and superior reach, which could be an added advantage, NT: We have been enjoying our stay here in the USA and our preparations are going very well, we Son of the soil… Julies in a relaxed mood with the Namibian President Dr Hage Geingob during a brief visit to State House earlier this year. have been training in the reputable Wild Card Gym of accomplished boxing trainer Freddie Roach. He has been our friend for a while now and is a good person and down to earth. NES: What is Roach’s impression about Indongo’s chances? NT: He’s very impressed with Indongo’s boxing ability and gives him a good chance against Crawford. My overall judgment is that we took this fight knowing one hundred percent what we are into and went all out to prepare for this fight and come Saturday, the Blue Machine will be ready to ruffle feathers and shock the world. NES: Finally, how is the mood amongst Africans residing in the USA, particularly Namibians? NT: Namibians living in the USA and back home have been very supportive so far, while our High Commissioner in Washington, Honourable Martin Andjaba, has confirmed his attendance. That shows the seriousness of this particular bout. I’m just requesting the entire nation to keep us in their prayers. God bless Namibia, One flag, one nation, one national anthem and of course, one Namibia.