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NEW ERA | Monday, March 26 2018 Otjozondjupa ready to defend title at Newspaper Cup Page 22 UNAM extend winning streak Page 23 SPORT Brave Warriors face Lesotho tomorrow …Shalulile out, Mbaeva back in action Otniel Hembapu Windhoek Brave Warriors mentor Ricardo Mannetti recently called up a motley group of young and experienced players to represent the country when they face the Crocodiles of Lesotho tomorrow at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in an international friendly. The Brave Warriors will battle it out against the visiting Crocodiles at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 20h00, as part of the national team’s ongoing preparations for the 2019 AFCON qualifiers clash against Zambia slated for later this month in Windhoek. For tomorrow’s match, an influx of youngsters into the senior side is expected to be seen as Mannetti continues with his mission of injecting fresh blood into the Brave Warriors structures, having called a total of 12 youthful players in the initial squad that was announced last Monday for tomorrow’s friendly. As for the experienced players, Brave Warriors lethal striker Peter Shalulile has been ruled out of tomorrow’s match due to club commitments. Shalulile plays for Highland Parks FC in the South African First Division. “Peter will not be joining the team due to club commitment. The club is on the verge of winning promotion to the Premier Soccer League and he has been key to their promotion project and they have requested us to leave him out. We have a good working relationship with Highland Parks and given that we are playing a friendly, in which we want to expose more youngsters, we agreed to their request. There was also the issue of his work visa, which they are busy with and hence his passport is with home affairs in SA for that, Brave Warriors team assistant manager Jakes Amaning explained. On his part, Mannetti elaborated on his reasons for introducing more youngsters for tomorrow’s match. “The Under-20s will be playing Botswana end of March and we have decided as the technical team of the national teams to include them for Lesotho for the much-needed exposure. They are here to supplement the first 11. We need to improve these players and hence a lot of favourite names are on the list,” Mannetti said, adding that except for Shalulile, all other senior players will be available and fighting for places for tomorrow’s match. Tickets are on sell at all Computicket outlets for N each. The initial list of 24 players called up for the Lesotho match: Max Mbaeva (Golden Arrows, SA), Calvin Spiegel, Vitapi Ngaruka, Dynamo Fredericks, Natangwe Petrus (Black Africa), Vipua Tjimune, Panduleni Nekundi and Ronald Ketjijere (African Stars) Enzo Mungendje and Romeo Kasume and Itamunua Keimuine (Tura Magic), Hubert Mingeri (Life Fighters), Lubeni Haukongo, Aprocius Petrus, Anthony Kham (Eleven Arrows), Brendon Kotungondo and Absalom Iimbondi and Ferdinand Karongee (Tigers), Donovan Kanjaa (Young African), Deon Hotto(Bloemfontein Celtic, SA), Denzil Haoseb (Jomo Cosmos, SA), Benson Shilongo (Alssiouty SC, Egypt), Riaan Hanamub (Orlando Pirates), and Kennedy Eib (Mighty Gunners). Not available… Brave Warriors lethal striker Peter Shalulile (No.13) has been ruled out for tomorrow’s clash against Lesotho due to club commitments. Photo: Nampa Goals galore… Coastal outfit Eleven Arrows (with ball) scored 11 to brush aside Real Fighters during their Debmarine Namibia Cup round-of-32 clash at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek. Tigers out of Debmarine Cup Otniel Hembapu Windhoek This weekend’s round-of-32 of the Debmarine Namibia Cup produced a hotchpotch surprises, which saw Namibia Premier League (NPL) reigning champions Tigers FC being knocked out of the Debmarine Cup by competition minnows Khuse FC 4-2 on penalties on Saturday. In an exciting clash that was played at the Etosha Stadium in Tsumeb, Tigers played to a goalless draw against Khuse and after 90 tiring minutes, the match had to be decided on penalties – which saw Khuse cruise past Tigers with a comfortable 4-2 win on penalty shootouts. The match was initially to be played at the Oscar Norich Stadium but was moved to Etosha Stadium due to frail pitch conditions because of heavy rain showers at the town. Nangolo Erastus, Steven Hambira, France Shivute and Joseph Shipepe were on target for Khuse in the shootouts while Bradley Wermann and Ferdinand Karongee successfully converted for Tigers, whose skipper Absalom Iimbondi and veteran midfielder Letu Shatimwene’s efforts were off target for the league champions. Khuse coach Samuel Shaahama told Nampa they had an idea of how Tigers would approach the match. “The game was very good as Tigers played as we expected them to play. We knew how Tigers would come at us and we were well prepared for them. We did not give their wingers any chance to play or allow them too much time on the ball, otherwise they would have punished us,” Shaahama said. He said he told his players to forget about who their opponents were and only focus on the game. “I asked them to forget about the name ‘Tigers’ and do not be intimidated by them. Well done to my players for sticking to our game plan and proving that anything can happen in a cup match,” he said. Still at Tsumeb, Space Age FC from Zambezi Region lost 3-0 to Khomas NAMPOL while Swakopmund FC won 5-1 against Ohangwena NAMPOL and Kavango East’s Once Again FC also managed to progress to the next round of the competition following the withdrawal of Kavango West qualifiers Rhino FC. Matches between Civics vs Rundu Chiefs and Chief Santos vs Reho Madrid had to be postponed due to bad lighting at the stadium and were expected to be played yesterday morning at the same venue at 08h00. In other Debmarine Cup results at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the capital on Saturday, NPL outfits African Stars and coastal giants Eleven Arrows both recorded emphatic victories on their way to the next round of the country’s biggest football cup competition. Arrows opened the day’s proceedings with a resounding 11-0 victory over // Kharas region’s Real Fighters. Anthony Kham, Aprocius Petrus, Simon Nekongo, Salomon Omseb, Willem Pinehas, Josef Ngifindwako and Leonard Vlees all netted to help Arrows make it through to the next round. In the second match of the day, Katutura giants took their impressive league form to the Debmarine Cup when they also recorded colossal 12-0 win over Omaheke NAMPOL to book their place in the next round. Godwin Jena, Marius Kotze, Pandu Nekundi, Aubrey Amseb, Tjiuana tja Tjinotjiua, Treasure Kauapirura were all on target for ‘Stalile”. Still at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday, Citizens and Young Chiefs locked horns in the final match, and it was Citizens that lead 2-0 with goals from Steward Goagoseb before Paulus Kennedy and Lukas Johannes equalised for Chiefs in the dying minutes. In the shootout, Chiefs won 6-5 to advance to the Last 16. –Additional reporting by Nampa

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