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New Era Newspaper Monday March 26, 2018

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22 SPORT Monday, March 26 2018 | NEW ERA Team Namibia leaves for Bloemfontein WINDHOEK A group of 36 athletes with disabilities and three officials left for South Africa Saturday morning for the 2018 South Africa Nedbank National Championships for Physically Disabled from March 28 to April 3 in Bloemfontein. The team will compete in track and field events. Speaking during the send-off ceremony at the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service on Friday, Deputy Minister, Agnes Tjongarero, said the Namibian nation has been spoiled by athletes with disability in winning medals. Tjongarero said she is expecting this crop of athletes to also do well in South Africa. “You have big shoes to fill because those before you, like Ananias Shikongo, Johannes Nambala and Johanna Benson got us used to gold medals and as a nation, we are going to expect to see those medals when you come back,” she said. Speaking at the same occasion, Chairperson of the Namibia Sport Commission Freddy Mwiya said Namibia’s athletes with disabilities always perform very well for their country. “Your contribution to Namibia through sport has always put us on the map, and I am proud to say in South Africa you are going to do well and bring home a lot of medals. Please make Namibia proud as you always do,” he said. The Namibia Paralympic Committee is working on building a bigger pool of athletes for the 2020 Paralympic Games that will be held in Tokyo, Japan. – Nampa Otjozondjupa ready to defend title at Newspaper Cup REHOBOTH Defending champions and three-time winners of The Namibian Newspaper Cup, Otjozondjupa Region on Tuesday announced their squad and technical team for this year’s tournament. The 18th edition of the youth tournament will be held in Katima Mulilo from March 30 to April 2 and, for the first time, includes a netball category. Otjozondjupa team manager, Rudolf Hipona, told Nampa on Wednesday that although the rain halted their preparations for a day, the team’s plans are on track for them to defend the title they won last year. “As defending champions, we know that teams are gunning to beat us but we will approach each game like it is our last game. Eighty percent of the boys are new, but we have the needed experience from the technical team as there were no changes made from the one we had last year,” Hipona said. The members of the technical team are Samuel Jantze as head of delegation, Maradona Tsaoseb as administrator, executive member Gerson Uwiteb, and head coach Robba Gurirab assisted by Lee Hangula and Bokke Kandundu. The team medic is Alli Esinque and kit officer, Theophillus Kapetua. Otjozondjupa first won the cup in Mariental in 2005 when they defeated then host Hardap 1-0 in the final through a goal scored by Romanus Severes. They went on to clinch their second and third victories in 2013 and 2017, beating the Omaheke and Erongo regions, respectively. They were also runners-up on one occasion. The 2018 full 20-man squad: Mbanaune Tjihuro, Oabasen Kariseb, Phillip Simon, Erastus Mateus (Kingston United); Theophilus Kaom, Patrick Kudumo, Sedni Tsuseb, Question Remember Howaeb (Touch & Go); Uatirouzeu Mberiunana, Ngero Katua, Brinoldt Geiseb, Jovane Narib (Otjiwarongo Football Club); Albert Gaoab, Sergio Damaseb (Dynamos); Wilson Shiweda (Spoilers); Brian Nuwuseb (Roots); Hechter Hamaseb, Richildes Kupesera (Eleven Brothers); Jackson Eliakim, Walton Nanuseb (Sundowns) – Nampa Photo: Nampa Determined… Otjozondjupa Under-20 team captain Michael Kamuserandu (front) in action against Erongo during last year’s Namibian newspaper cup in Swakopmund. Jennifer Ferguson lays rape charge against Danny Jordaan JOHANNESBURG The accused… SAFA president Danny Jordaan Former African National Congress (ANC) MP Jennifer Ferguson has laid a criminal charge against Danny Jordaan for rape. Ferguson proceeded with the charge against the South African Football Association (SAFA) boss earlier on March 21. “My initial intent had been to settle this matter outside of the process of legal prosecution. To this end, I offered Jordaan the opportunity to engage with me in a mediative process outside of formal legal action.” This offer sought to be consistent of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) process. This TRC process acknowledged the common humanity and need for healing of both the victim and the perpetrator and a place where one’s mutual humanity can be revived,” said Ferguson in a statement. Ferguson said Jordaan had not engaged with her and has continued to deny the allegations. “I do not seek monetary reward but justice The victim… Former ANC MP Jennifer Ferguson for myself and every victim of abuse in this country in the hope that other survivors will be assisted to disclose and find justice, support and healing. The #metoo #wetoo campaign is revealing worldwide the systemic and silent abuse of women.” In October last year, she accused Jordaan of raping her 24 years ago at a Port Elizabeth hotel. In a Facebook post, she detailed the incident. Her Facebook post read: “Disclosure after 24 years. I was probably not the only woman raped by this man. I am deeply sorry that I was unable to report it when it happened and I apologise from my heart to any woman or young girl that may have suffered abuse by this man as a result of my colluding in the conspiracy of silence”. Gauteng police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini confirmed that a case was opened in Parkview, Johannesburg, this week, but that the case was transferred to Port Elizabeth, where the alleged incident took place. – www.iol.co.za

Monday, March 26 2018 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 Erongo Judo team selected Twenty-three students from the Erongo Region were selected during the regional Judo trials held in Walvis Bay to represent the region at the first national games, which will be held in Windhoek from May 10-13. At the trials, fighters competed in mixed, junior and senior categories in weight groups ranging from 25kg to 100 kg, with the youngest participants being six years of age. Sensei Keith Bock, Sports Director of the NJF and national coach, oversaw the trials and was pleased with the competition. He praised the Judo club for the growth they have shown in the region. Sensei Henry Cookson of the Erongo Judo Academy spoke to NBC Sport about the selection process and the way forward for Judo at the coast. “The Namibia Sports Commission saw it fit for us to send a strong team of Judokas to Windhoek for the youth games later in May. This will allow us to pick a strong Namibian team to represent the country. We are very proud to say that Judo in the Erongo Region is growing at a rapid pace and we are looking forward to more Judokas joining the sport,” Cookson said. A national team will be selected to represent Namibia at the Under-20 Region 5 games in Botswana, in December. The Namibian Judo Federation also plans to take part in the South African Open Judo championships to be held from July 1 to 7, 2018. The SA open championships are a prestigious event that will see fighters from nine provinces in South Africa as well as 10 Southern African countries competing. – NBC Sport UNAM extend winning streak …Suburbs record first victory WINDHOEK University of Namibia (UNAM) Rugby Club extended their winning streak to 35 league matches after thrashing Kudus 45-0 on Saturday at the UNAM stadium. The 2018 Rugby Premier League season kicked off earlier this month, with UNAM remaining undefeated since the 2016 Premier League season. In their opening match of the season three weeks ago, they thrashed Khomasdal’s Western Suburbs 51-18 and then smashed Reho Falcon 43-0 in Rehoboth a week later. On Saturday against Kudus, the university outfit continued their dominance, leading the match 33-0 at half-time. In the second half, a muchimproved Kudus kept the university team at bay as its defence did all they could to prevent UNAM from scoring more tries, but the UNAM boys who are physically more fit than most of their opponents, still managed to run in two more tries for their 45-0 win. Chessborough Lawrence, Bradley Klazen, Reinhardt Carelse, Camlo Martin, Milaan van Wyk, Sylvano Beukes and Unomasa Kavita scored a try apiece for UNAM while fullback Lorenzo Louis added five conversions. UNAM are now six points clear at the top of the log with just three games played so far in the league. They are on 14 points while United, who beat Reho Falcon 56-17 on Friday at the United Trusco field, are second on eight points. Wanderers, who lost to Suburbs 30-27 on Saturday, are third on the log on five points, while Suburbs who registered their first win of the season, are fifth on four points. Speaking to the media after the game, Kudus coach Zane Jansen said credit should be given to UNAM, who are a well-oiled team that is using its players’ experience to win games. “UNAM is a team that is physically fit and credit should be given to their fitness coach who is doing a good job. As for our boys, I am confident that we will be a much better outfit when they visit us in Walvis Bay,” he said. UNAM coach Johan Diergaardt said it is not easy winning every game. He also said they are working hard on improving their games, fitness level and structure. “The league is at stake at the moment and we are looking forward to winning the league again, that’s why we have to work on improving ourselves at all times,” Diergaardt said. - Nampa Thrilling action… Action between UNAM Rugby Club and Kudus during their premier league clash on Saturday at the Unam Sport Stadium in Windhoek. Photo: Nampa Hamukwaya to participate in mentorship programme in USA Farewell… Athletics coach Michael Hamukwaya and Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero during Friday’s sending-off ceremony in the capital. Photo: Nampa WINDHOEK Paralympics coach and Secretary- General of the Namibia National Paralympic Committee, Michael Hamukwaya, left for the United States of America on Saturday to participate in the Global Sports Mentoring Programme. Hamukwaya is participating in the programme at the University of Tennessee starting this week until 29 April 2018 on the invitation by the US Department of State Sport for Community Programme. The Global Sports Mentoring Programme (GSMP) is an initiative created by the US Department of State and focuses on sport for community and empowering women through sports. The month-long mentorship experience also focuses on empowering emerging leaders to serve their local communities by increasing access to opportunities for participation in sports. Each year, people who demonstrate leadership skills and experience in the sports sector are chosen from a list of nominees selected by US embassies throughout the world. This year, 18 participants were chosen to participate in the programme. Speaking during his sending-off ceremony on Friday, Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero said she was pleased that Hamukwaya was selected from the list of those who applied. “It is going to be overwhelming being in America, but you must not forget who you are and what you are there for. I call on you to gain as much knowledge as possible that will be used to develop sports in Namibia. We are looking forward to seeing you plough back what you are going to learn,” she said. Tjongarero also called on other sport administrators to follow in Hamukwaya’s footsteps and to be on the lookout for similar mentorship programmes that will help to develop sports in Namibia. – Nampa

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