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New Era Newspaper Monday February 5, 2018

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24 SPORT NEW ERA | Monday, February 5 2018 Page 21 Monday, February 5 2018 | NEW ERA Up and close with Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses… Page 23 SPORT Page 23 …says it was long overdue WINDHOEK The Namibia Football Players Union (NAFPU) has welcomed and thrown its weight behind President Hage Geingob’s decision to dismiss Jerry Ekandjo as Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service. Ekandjo was sacked on Thursday. Speaking to the media at a brief press conference in the capital, NAFPU president, Sylvester ‘Lolo’ Goraseb said the dismissal of Ekandjo was long overdue and that with his departure, the state and management of local sports will hopefully improve. “We congratulate the president for prioritising change and transformation. By letting go of Ekandjo, Geingob has responded to our cry for change and transformation. We look forward to a young, vibrant leadership at the ministry to lead sports transformation,” Goraseb said. NAFPU secretary-general, Olsen Kahiriri, agreed with his president, saying that the outgoing minister was a stumbling block that was hindering the progress of sports in the country. “If we start cleaning from the top, I think we will achieve our goal of making sure that sport is run properly. A healthy nation will only come about if leaders take good decisions when it comes to sports administration. We have trust that the President (Geingob) will make a wise appointment,” Kahiriri added. He also said that if Namibia invests in sports, a lot of lives will be changed, and this will mean the economy of the country will also improve through the export of talent. Ekandjo was relieved of his duties as Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service on Thursday, together with Home Affairs and ence. Immigration minister, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, three years after being appointed into the position. – Nampa Photo: Alassiouty Sport Otniel Hembapu Windhoek Featuring in only his second match for Egyptian club Alassiouty Sport Club (SC), Namibian international Benson Shilongo on Saturday managed to carve his name on the scoresheet when he rose highest to connect with a perfect cross to head home the ball as he helped Alassiouty to a 1-all draw against El Mokkawlon. Shilongo gave Alassiouty the lead in the 57 th minute through a perfect glancing header, which had the crowd in raptures as Alassiouty appeared to be marching to a well-deserved victory but it was until the 65 th minute when Ramy Adel equalised for El Mokkawlon to end matters for both clubs levelled 1-1. Judging from his current rich form, Shilongo will this weekend be expected to make the starting line up when Alassiouty host visiting Al Nasr at the Al Assiouty Sport Stadium this coming Saturday for another league clash. The 25-year-old Shilongo recently joined Alassiouty on a threeand-a-half year contract, which saw him become the only Namibian to ply his trade in the Egyptian Premier League. Shilongo, who is starting to win over new fans in the transcontinental North African country, joined Alassiouty from South African club Platinum Stars, where he made nine appearances and scored four goals. At national level, Shilongo – who also had stints with Namibian reigning champions Tigers FC and Botswana premiership club Gaborone United FC – has made 20 appearances for the Brave Warriors and managed to score a total of seven goals for the national team in various continental and international competitions. Alassiouty SC is an Egyptian football club based in Beni Suef. The club is currently playing in the Egyptian Premier League, the highest league in the Egyptian football league system. The club was promoted to the Egyptian Premier League for the winning the promotional play-offs.

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