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New Era Newspaper Monday July 10, 2017

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NEW ERA | Monday, July 10 2017 Lukaku arrested, issued citation in LA Page 21 Kautondokwa looks ahead after Saunders fight fails Page 23 SPORT Welwitschias score 15 tries to thrash Senegal ... 2019 World Cup remains target Otniel Hembapu Windhoek Namibia’s senior rugby side, the Welwitschias, on Saturday took charge of proceedings atop the Africa Gold Cup log after they walloped visiting Senegal 95-0 at the Hage Geingob Stadium in the capital in their second match of the continental showpiece. Going into Saturday’s match, the Namibians were firm favourites to emerge as winners, especially considering their last performance during their victorious opening Africa Gold Cup match against Tunisia - a match they won 53-7. On Saturday, the Welwitschias - who are the Africa Gold Cup defending champions - delivered an immaculate performance to waltz past a hapless Senegal, scoring 15 unanswered tries and 10 conversions as they led 36-0 at halftime. They dominated throughout to win the match 95-0 despite being 14 men due to Louis van der Westhuizen’s red card early in the first half. With the victory, Namibia now lead the log with 10 points, three points ahead of Kenya who defeated Tunisia 100-10 in Nairobi also on Saturday. Namibia’s next match is against Zimbabwe on Saturday, July 15 also at the Hage Geingob Stadium in the capital. The Rugby Africa Gold Cup, which serves as 2019 World Cup qualifiers, features Namibia, Kenya, Senegal, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Namibia, who are a tier-two nation in the World Rugby tier system and have participated in five World Cups since their first appearance in 1999, are hot favourites to qualify again. The Gold Cup is played on a round robin basis until August 5, with the winner not only being crowned Gold Cup winner but also qualify for the World Cup. The 2019 Rugby World Cup takes place in Japan from September 20 to November 2 and will be played across 12 venues. Namibia’s scorers: Rohan Kitshoff scored four tries while Lesley Klim bagged a brace with Adriaan Booysen, Louis van der Westhuizen, AJ De Klerk, Justin Newman, JG Greyling, Thomasau Forbes, Johann Tromp, Theuns Kotze and Darryl de la Harpe also getting on target. On the move... Sadney Urikhob has joined a new club Police Tero FC in the Thailand Premier League. Sadney Urikhob joins new Thai club Otniel Hembapu Windhoek Namibian international Sadney Urikhob yesterday confirmed that he has joined a new club Police Tero FC in the Thailand Premier League (TPL), following his departure from Super Power FC formerly known as Osotspa last December. Speaking to New Era Sport yesterday from his Thai base, Urikhob disclosed that he has signed an 18-month contract with Police Tero FC, adding that he was looking forward to the season ahead with the Bangkok-based outfit. “I’m very much delighted with the new move and the fact that it’s a oneyear six-months contract. I can only thank and be grateful to the Almighty who has made the move possible. Heading into this season, I want to devote 110% to the club and make sure I score goals and assist the club in every aspect possible,” said Urikhob, who made 24 appearances and scored 12 goals for former club Super Power FC last season. Uri-Khob joined Super Power FC (formerly Osotspa FC) early last year on a short-term contract that ran until last December. Before joining forces with Super Power FC, the former Brave Warriors striker also played for Saraburi FC, who pulled out of the Thai Premiership due to financial constraints. Urikhob initially joined Saraburi FC from Civics at the beginning of the 2014/15 season. Prior to that he played for South African club, Amazulu, before it was relegated from the Premier Soccer League (PSL). Osotspa was also home to former Brave Warriors players Tangeni Shipahu and Lazarus Kaimbi. His new club Police Tero FC, also known as BEC Tero Sasana FC, is a Thai professional football club based in Bangkok. The club’s biggest achievement was when they finished runners-up in the inaugural AFC Champions League competition in 2003. Impressive victory... Namibia’s Welwitschias, who have won the last three editions of the Africa Gold Cup in 2014, 2015 and 2016, on Saturday defeated Senegal 95-0 to return to the top of the competition’s log. New grounds... Namibian international S a d n e y Urikhob seen here training with new club Police Tero FC. Photos: Contributed

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