NEW ERA | Thursday, August 3 2017 ‘Underdog’ Bolt ready to fire in 100m defence Page 21 Correctional services win Dinolo netball tournament Page 23 SPORT Ndeitunga promotes Indongo ahead of mega fight Otniel Hembapu Windhoek Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga yesterday conferred the country’s triple world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo with another honour when he announced that Indongo has now been promoted to the rank of inspector. Indongo, who is set to face American boxing wizard Terence Crawford in their full unification world title fight in Nebraska, USA on August 19, was a warrant officer class-II until his moraleboosting promotion yesterday. The Namibian WBA, IBF and IBO undefeated world champion, who left yesterday afternoon for the United States to set up camp and intensify his preparations for the fight, was initially due to be promoted only next year but since he is faced with a mammoth task in the shape of Crawford, Ndeitunga saw it befitting and motivating to do it now. Indongo’s promotion was officially announced during a short press briefing held at NamPol headquarters in the capital yesterday, where Ndeitunga further said Indongo was embarking on a national mission where he will be defending the pride of all Namibians, and hence the promotion was apt. Crawford is an undefeated two-weight world champion and is regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. He last fought in May when he defeated Felix Diaz in New York, and holds notable victories over Ricky Burns and Yuriorkis Gamboa. But Indongo has on multiple occasions admitted that the responsibility of representing his country and the continent at large is enough extra motivation for him to succeed on the night. “Fighting at this level is not only about me but about my country and Africa at large. So, I have to beat Crawford for Africa and for my country. Not many African boxers get this opportunity and that’s why I have to inspire my fellow African boxers.” Back in shape... Brave Warriors midfielder Petrus Shitembi (No. 19) has recovered from a collarbone injury and is now back in training as Namibia prepare to face Comoros next Sunday in their 2018 CHAN first leg qualifier in that country. Shitembi back in training ahead of Comoros clash Staff Reporter Windhoek Brave Warriors enterprising midfielder Petrus Shitembi is back in training and now forms part of the squad preparing for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) away qualifier clash against Comoros next Sunday, August 13. Petrus Shitembi, who is currently registered with premier league outfit Tura Magic, could not partake in the quarterfinals of the Debmarine Namibia Cup held in Gobabis over the weekend due to a collar bone injury, but has recovered well and is now training with the Brave Warriors. The skilful 25-year-old leftfooted midfield maestro revealed he was ready to work hard and hit peak form ahead of the Comoros match. “It looks much better and I feel better too – it was unfortunate that I couldn’t partake in the Debmarine Namibia Cup, but I am genuinely happy that my team went through to the semi-finals. I’m looking forward to the next matches and I hope we don’t disappoint.” He added that the Brave Warriors have been hard at work preparing for the Comoros first leg fixture, as history awaits. If Namibia beat Comoros they will make their maiden CHAN appearance. “The past few days we have been pushing hard and the boys look much better in terms of fitness. We appreciate the support we received from the nation despite being starved of football for almost a year now.” Brave Warriots captain Ronald Ketjijere, who is nursing a nagging muscle injury, will be back next week and Oswaldo Xamseb, who also has been persistently complaining about various muscle injuries, will be off this week. A new addition to the training squad is the Young African duo of Himeezembi Hengombe and Ballack Katjiteo. The squad currently in training consists of Edward Maova, Charles Uirab, Tiberius Lombard, Charles Hambira, Larry Horaeb, Edmund Kambanda, Dynamo Fredericks, Immanuel Heita, Benyamin Nenkavu, Petrus Shitembi, Absalom Iimbondi, Itamunua Keimuine, Hendrick Somaeb, Roger Katjiteo, Mapenzi Muwanei, Muna Katupose, Ballack Katjiteo, Himeezembi Hengombe, Romario Ndjavera, Riaan Hanamub and Ferdinand Karongee. Photo: Nampa Full support... Inspector General of NamPol, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, bestows boxer Julius Indongo with epaulettes after promoting him to the rank of inspector at the police headquarters in Windhoek yesterday.