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New Era Newspaper Thursday August 3, 2017

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22 SPORT Thursday, August 3 2017 | NEW ERA Neymar is leaving Barcelona Leaving... Barcelona have admitted that Neymar is leaving the club after the Brazilian also reportedly told his teammates that he is joining PSG. Photo: Nampa/AFP PRESIDENT HAGE .G. GEINGOB Neymar informed his teammates he is leaving Barcelona, a club spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday, as his potential world record move to Paris Saint-Germain moved a step closer. “The player came to train as scheduled and announced to his teammates that he is leaving,” said the source. “The coach has given him permission to not train and to manage resolving his future.” Speculation over the 25-year-old’s future LIGHTING THE PATH TO A SUSTAINABLE NATION The Board, Management and Staff of Erongo RED Wish you many more years of success as you lead our nation towards a brighter, prosperous and sustainable future. has dominated the first few weeks of new Barca boss Ernesto Valverde’s reign with PSG reportedly willing to pay Neymar’s 222 million euro (0 million) buyout clause. Such a fee would smash the current record £89.3 million (1 million) Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba last year. Neymar arrived back in Barcelona on Tuesday from a fleeting promotional tour to China. He turned up for training Wednesday morning, but left less than an hour later. Presuming both clubs don’t come to a late agreement, the buyout clause would have to be paid to Barcelona via Spain’s La Liga to free the player from the contract he signed last year and runs until 2021. However, La Liga president Javier Tebas has threatened not to accept PSG’s money over what he perceives as a failure on the French side’s part to comply with Uefa’s financial fair play rules (FFP). Clubs can be sanctioned by Uefa for making a loss of more than 30 million euros over a three-year period. “We will not accept this money from a club like PSG,” Tebas told Madrid sports daily AS on Wednesday. “Especially when this club is infringing rules and laws.” Barcelona have also threatened to report PSG to Uefa over any potential breach of FFP. PSG have already been fined and saw their Champions League squad limited by Uefa for breaches of FFP in 2014. Winning the Champions League for a first time is the dream driving PSG’s owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) to fund a deal that could herald the start of a new era at the elite level of European football. Since QSI’s takeover in 2011, PSG have failed to make it beyond the quarter-final stage in recent seasons - most notably blowing a 4-0 first leg lead to lose 6-1 to a Neymar-inspired Barcelona in the last 16 of last season’s competition in March. Prising Neymar from the grip of Barca would truly announce PSG’s presence as a contender for the likes of Barca, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to fear. Neymar has formed one of the deadliest strike partnerships in football history with five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez over the past three seasons. Together they have won two La Liga titles, a Champions League and three Spanish Cups, whilst Neymar has scored 105 goals and provided 80 assists in just 186 games. Yet, one justification for Neymar to jump ship on top of the reported offer to triple his salary to 30 million euros net a season, is a desire to move out of Messi’s shadow if he is to end the Argentine and Cristiano Ronaldo’s decade-long dominance to win the Ballon d’Or. Neymar’s four-year spell in Spain has also been overshadowed by the murky transfer deal, which brought him to Barcelona from Santos in 2013. He and his parents as well as Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu face charges of fraud and corruption in an ongoing case brought by DIS, a Brazilian investment company. DIS owned 40 percent of the players’ rights at the time of the deal and believe they were deliberately cheated out of their real share due to the complex structure of the transfer. – Nampa/AFP

Thursday, August 3 2017 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 Correctional services win Dinolo netball tournament Staff Reporter Windhoek The Namibian Correctional Services (NCS) netball team was crowned winners of the Dinolo netball tournament held recently at Gobabis in the Omaheke Region. With the victory, NCS pocketed N,000 and also booked their place in the Dinolo netball tournament finals slated for Swakopmund on September 30, where all regional winners will compete for the overall prize. In second place was the Ministry of Education netball team that walked away with N,500, while Wennie Du Plessis High School collected N,000 for finishing third. The Dinolo netball tournament is part of African Deli’s corporate social investment programme, which aims to bring women from all parts of the world together to have fun and at the same time share ideas and opportunities, while freely interacting. Thus far matches have been held in the Khomas, Erongo, Hardap, Kavango West, Oshana and Omaheke regions while eight regions are still to compete. Tournaments will be held in all 14 regions. The next stop for the tournament will be Tsumeb in Oshikoto Region, at the JP Ratledge netball courts, this Friday. African Deli has committed itself towards the development of netball in the country through the Dinolo netball tournament. Region recently. Victors... The Namibian Correctional Services (NCS) netball team won the Dinolo netball tournament held at Gobabis in the Omaheke Region. To Our Empowering Leader of Note F C Hap - py birth - day to you F Hap-py birth - day to you B Hap-py birth - day your Excellency The Board of Directors, Management and Staff of NamPower wish you, President Hage Geingob, continued good health, strength and wisdom for many more years to come. We at NamPower commit to do our part, which is to ensure a secure and stable supply of electricity, to lead Namibia towards even greater socio-economic development for all. Namibia Power Corporation (Pty) Ltd P. O. Box 2864, Windhoek, 15 Luther Street Tel: +264 61 205 4111 | Fax: +264 61 232 805

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