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NEW ERA | Monday, October 16 2017 since ban Page 21 Kondjashili wins Erongo Powersave Street Mile Page 23 SPORT Staff Reporter Windhoek Following a raft of mixed feelings about the omission of the Brave Warriors from this year’s MTC/ NSC Namibia Sports Awards, chairperson of the awards judging panel Lesley Tjiueza says the national football team’s exclusion is strictly on merit. It is understood that the Namibia Football Association (NFA) submitted the Brave Warriors (for Team of the Year category) and its mentor Ricardo Mannetti (for Coach of the Year) as well as the Baby Warriors (Team of the Year) for nomination. But to their surprise, none of the three submissions made it in the nominations announced on Thursday, as they were not shortlisted by the awards judging panel. Not only the NFA, but the general public equally took issue with the omissions, particularly that of the Brave Warriors, with many taking to social media to vent their disappointment and frustrations. The Brave Warriors were elbowed out of the Team of the Year category nominees list by the national senior and U/20 national rugby teams as well as the national women’s indoor hockey team. Many feel the Brave Warriors should have been shortlisted because of the circumstances they faced – no premier league football for over a year in Namibia, and players were mentally, physi- drained but they still managed to patriotically play their hearts out to Nations Championship (CHAN) Mannetti, who was instrumental in the Brave Warriors’ success, was also overlooked for Coach of the Year category, with the awards judging panel opting to go for Michael Hamukwaya (Paralympics), Erwin Tobias (boxing). Providing clarity on the omission of the Brave Warriors and Mannetti, the chairperson of the awards judging panel Tjiueza said the omissions are strictly on merit and not anything personal to do with the NFA. “I fully understand the circumstances and situation the Brave Warriors were exposed to in qualifying for CHAN but unfortunately we are guided by a points system, which we use in points awards to the various achievers. It is the very same points system that also guides us when shortlisting the various nominees. When shortlisting the nominations, we don’t look at circumstances or situations but we look at achieve- Tjiueza. He continued: “When speaking of performance, we consider the level of achievement of that particular team or athlete. Speaking of the level of achievement we judge by looking at things like: was the achievement at national level, regional (SADC) level, continental or Commonwealth level or even global. And based on that, we then award points on a pro-rata basis as we go about shortlisting the various nominees. So while I understand the Brave Warriors’ situation, we unfortunately have a system in place and that system must be followed at all times. Like I indicated, it’s nothing personal towards anybody Defeated wants rematch ... fails to capture WBA Battleground... Pan-African title - Photo: BackpagePix GABORONE Namibian featherweight boxer Immanuel ‘Fighting Angel’ Andeleki, who lost on points against South Africa’s Rofhiwa ‘War Child’ Maemu during their WBA Pan- on Wednesday, says he wants a rematch. the Namibian to capture the vacant WBA Pan African featherweight belt, in a heated bout, which was part of the Fox Sports Africa Boxing championship held in Botswana. deleki said his ambition was to win the belt, adding that he tried his level best but could not just outfox the tricky South African. Despite the outcome, Andeleki insisted that if he is granted a rematch, he would convincingly outclass Maemu “given that I managed to read all his moves, although it was too late for me to Maemu made his intentions clear of winning the lucrative belt in round one, controlling the cautious as he was still studying his opponent. In round four Andeleki did day on him, as it was evident that he was now composed and his intention was to take the battle to the War Child, but alas that was not to be as he in return unleashed heavy punches on the Namibian. In round six the South African showed his true colours applying all boxing techniques, producing good movements and combinations. At the end of round 12, it was evident even before the judges announced their results that Maemu had taken the belt home, and he claimed the WBA Pan-African featherweight championship with 117-111, 118-111, and 118-110 from the three judges. Maemu said in an interview that he was happy that he was crowned the WBA Pan-African featherweight champion. adding that his opponent was strong although he was not worried about his power. “To be honest with you – I expected to win the title. I am boxers because I am always ea- have knocked my opponent out but today I wanted to relax, and - Furthermore, he said he had been in the boxing industry for some time, therefore every time he enters the ring his main focus is always to achieve something. Maemu, who is also the African Boxing Union (ABU) featherweight champion, said capturing the WBA Pan-African featherweight title elevates him to another level. In the WBA Pan African lightweight category, South African Ayanda Nkosi was crowned the new champion after beating his countryman Jeffery Magagane on a split decision of 113-115, 115-113, and 115-113. - www.

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