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NEW ERA | Monday, February 26 2018 Gazprom Football for Friendship unites kids from 211 countries and regions Page 22 De Lange, Vorster victorious at Nedbank MTB Challenge Page 23 SPORT Aussie’s quick hands too much for Naidjala …Three successive defeats leaves Naidjala at the crossroads Pondering the future… Prince Naidjala (left) has now lost three back-to-back fights and could see his world rankings plummeting down in the aftermath of his shock third-round technical knockout at the quick hands of Jason Maloney on Saturday night. Carlos Kambaekwa Windhoek It is back to the drawing board for Namibia’s dethroned continental Bantamweight champion Immanuel “Prince” Naidjala. The somewhat overly ambitious boxer was stopped right in his tracks by a combination of heavy blows – obliging the referee to signal the end of the contest in round three. Naidjala failed to negotiate his way past the undefeated Australian opponent Jason “The Smooth One” Moloney, when the two boxers squared off for the much-anticipated vacant WBA Commonwealth Bantamweight title at the St Kilda City stadium in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday evening. With the prospect of forfeiting his WBA Oceana Bantamweight belt if he has lost to the Namibian – Moloney made short work of his fight against the out of sorts Naidjala, peppering the Namibian from the opening round. The usually hard-punching Naidjala, boasts an astonishing record of 23 wins five defeats and one draw from 29 fights in the paid ranks with 13 of those bouts finishing inside the distance. Quizzed to shed light on Naidjala’s below-par showing, his handler Nestor “Sunshine” Tobias declined to comment on the defeat, saying he did not accompany his protégé to the land of the “Kangaroos” as he had other pressing commitments. “I’m not in the ideal position to comment because I’ve not watched the fight but from what I heard is that the referee prematurely stopped the fight while “Prince” was protecting himself on the ropes with his opponent aggressively on the offensive. Going into Saturday’s fight, the skillful Oshikulu born Naidjala 33, has lost two of his last fights going down on points against Siboniso Gonya for the vacant Commonwealth Bantamweight title in April 2017. He suffered the same feat against Mzuvukile Magwaca for the IBI Inter-Continental Bantamweight title in August, last year. BA, Ingwe, Birds close in, Reds stumble Carlos Kambaekwa Windhoek An uncharacteristic own goal via the boot of veteran fullback Dennis “Law” Tjetjinda, condemned MTC Premiership table-toppers African Stars to their second defeat of the current term. Bobby Samaria’s misfiring soldiers suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against midtable Citizens under floodlights at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday evening. The result leaves them without a win since the resumption of second round league activities in the MTC Premiership with the Reds collecting a worrisome paltry tally of three points from a possible 12. In other action, reigning Namibian champions Tigers, responded to the NPL Disciplinary Committee’s favourable resolution to have their outstanding matches against Citizens and UNAM, respectively, rescheduled in the most dignified fashion dispatching the league’s surprise package Young African 1-0 in an action-packed fixture at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, on Friday night. Ingwe’s serial net buster Mapenzi Munavei scored the only goal of an otherwise closely contested entertaining encounter where no quarter was asked or given. Elsewhere, UNAM and Civics cancelled each other out in a dull goalless stalemate while fast-improving Rundu Chiefs held Orlando Pirates to a 1-all draw in front of a capacity crowd at the Rundu Stadium, on Saturday. Coastal giants Blue Waters inflicted more misery on troubled league returnees Chief Santos - defeating the gutsy visitors 3-2 in a 5-goal thriller at the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay, on Saturday. Burly Nigerian import Dominique Edom, Marius Ashipala and Jonas Sakarias netted a goal apiece for the rejuvenated “Beautiful Birds’ while Ronaldo Gaoab and Leonard Matheus replied for the basement occupants. Young Chiefs secured a much-welcomed 1-0 triumph over hosts Eleven Arrows to ease their relegation worries, at least for the time being. Chiefs’ newly signed Ghanaian striker Michael Frigo netted the only goal of the match. In Saturday’s other league action, Mighty Gunners came out tops in the fiercely contested Otjiwarongo derby – defeating cross-town rivals Life Fighters by 3 unanswered goals in an ill-tempered match that saw “Okahirona” finishing the tie with nine men. Black Africa dusted themselves off following last weekend’s lukewarm showing that saw the Gemengde outfit drop two valuable points against lowly placed Young Chiefs. Lucky Richter’s title chasing black and red strip outfit beat hoodoo side Tura Magic 2-1 to enhance their title credentials. Blue Waters closed the weekend with mixed results when the seasiders were held to a surprise 2-all draw by a stubborn Young Chiefs side at their fortress, the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay, yesterday. Edom and Ashipala once again registered their names on the scoresheet for the hosts with new Ghanaian recruit Frigo and Paulus Kennedy responding for the visitors. Goal machine… Blue Waters FC Nigerian imposing striker Dominique Edom, scored vital goals in the Birds’ upsurge that propelled the harbour town outfit manufacturing a win and draw against the visiting Chief Santos and Young Chiefs, respectively.

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