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22 SPORT Thursday, February 15 2018 | NEW ERA Spurs battle back to draw at Juve Republic of Namibia Zambezi Regional Council Tel: +264-66-261700 Ngoma Street Private 5002 Fax: _264-66-252941 Govt Building Katima Mulilo REGIONAL PROCUREMENT COMMITTEE INVITATION FOR BIDS 1. BIDS NO : W/ONB/025/ZRC01/18 - ZAMBEZI REGION DESCRIPTION : LABOUR QUOTATION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF GUARDROOM AT JUDEA LYABOLOMA CONSTITUENCY OFFICE. LEVY (NON-REFUNDABLE): N$150.00 2. BIDS NO : W/ONB/025/ZRC02/18 - ZAMBEZI REGION DESCRIPTION : LABOUR QUOTATION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF GUARDROOM AT KATIMA RURAL CONSTITUENCY OFFICE. LEVY (NON-REFUNDABLE): N$ 150.00 CLOSING DATE : 13 March 2018 ENQUIRIES Delivery address : Mr B.M.Walubita/Ms Siukuta : ZAMBEZI REGIONAL COUNCIL PRIVATE BAG 5002 KATIMA MULILO …………………………………………….. MS.REGINA NDOPU-LUBINDA CHIEF REGIONAL OFFICER Stalemate… Champions League last 16 clash on Tuesday. Photo: SB Nation Tottenham Hotspur recovered from conceding twice in the opening nine minutes to secure a Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday. Gonzalo Higuain struck for Juve after two minutes and again from the penalty spot after nine as Tottenham were rocked, but the visitors responded in impressive fashion. hat-trick when his penalty on the stroke of halftime hit the crossbar. Tottenham were rewarded for their endeavour when Christian Eriksen’s free kick levelled it up in the 71st minute, meaning the Londoners will fancy their chances of knocking out last year’s runners-up in next month’s second leg at Wembley. their group containing last year’s winners Real Madrid, but they suffered a dreadful opening 10 minutes. Juventus, unbeaten in their previous 26 home matches in Europe, took the lead after two minutes when a clever free kick by Miralem Pjanic picked out Higuain who swivelled to volley right-footed past Hugo Lloris. Tottenham had barely put two passes together when they fell further behind seven minutes later from the penalty spot. Ben Davies was caught napping and his clumsy foul on Federico Bernardeschi gave the referee an easy decision to point to the spot. Higuain duly converted despite Lloris guessing the right way and getting a touch on the ball. The rest of the half belonged to the visitors as they shrugged of the double blow to dominate possession. With Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele pulling and they were indebted to veteran keeper Gianluigi There was nothing he could do though when Dele England striker drifted past the keeper before coolly sliding home. Tottenham had a huge let-off on the stroke of halftime when they were caught on the counterattack and Douglas Costa enticed Serge Aurier into a desperate lunge to concede another penalty. half hat-trick his penalty rattled against the crossbar. Juventus played more like the away side in the second half with Tottenham again pressing, although the hosts went close with Lloris saving well from Bernardeschi and Mario Mandzukic then heading straight at the French keeper. Eriksen, arguably the best player on the pitch, levelled for Tottenham in the 71st minute when his low free kick deceived Buffon and nestled in the corner. – STUDY IN INDIA PROGRAMMES OFFERED City Dates Venue 1 WINDHOEK 12 th and 13 th February 2018 Safari Hotel and Conference Centre, Corner of Auas and Aviation Road 2 SWAKOPMUND 15 th February 2018 Atlantic Villa, 24 Plover street, Swakopmund 3 WALVIS BAY 16 th & 17 th February 2018 Protea Hotel by Marriott Rusty Serena loses comeback match Serena Williams was understandably far from her best in her return to competition on Sunday but the greatest player of her generation said it was a positive step toward her goal of returning to the pinnacle of her sport. having a baby, and older sister Venus were beaten in a dead doubles rubber by the Netherlands in the Fed Cup in Asheville, North Carolina, but walked away feeling upbeat. “I honestly feel better than I thought I was going to feel,” said Williams, who prior to Sunday had not played a competitive match since her 2017 Australian Open victory. “I feel like I didn’t expect to play, you know, like that for me. I feel like I’m on the right track.” September, showed glimpses of both her prowess and rust during the 6-2 6-3 loss to Demi Schuurs and Lesley Kerkhove. Early in the match Williams showed the effects of her lengthy layoff, perhaps most noticeably when she shanked a routine volley that left her bent over in embarrassment. But shortly after, the owner of an Open-era record 23 grand slam singles titles drew wild cheers when to drive home a superb backhand volley. “I didn’t know what to expect. Maybe that’s why I felt like I did better. I didn’t expect to ...have that much power on my serves, even though they didn’t go in,” said Williams. “It’s just a start. I feel like that’s a very good step in the right direction.” Despite the loss, it was a positive step for Williams, who was bedridden for six weeks from a series of complications, including a pulmonary embolism that led to multiple surgeries, after her daughter was delivered by emergency cesarean section. Still, the 36-year-old American said she came into the tie with high expectations. “If I walk out there with low expectations, then I need to stop doing what I do. So that’s never going to happen for me,” said Williams. “I’m always going to have the best and highest expectations for myself.” The rubber had no impact gave the United States an insurmountable 3-0 lead that put the reigning champions into the April 21-22 Williams, who played an exhibition match last December in the United Arab Emirates, where she lost to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, said in addition to working on her serve and returns, she needs to manage her time better now that she has her daughter in tow. –

Thursday, February 15 2018 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 Amutenya, Gaborone United resolve salary dispute Staying put… Botswana Premiership giants Gaborone United have dismissed reports indicating that Namibian international Kennedy Amutenya wants to sever ties with the club. Otniel Hembapu Windhoek Former Namibia Premiership reigning champions Tigers FC versatile defender Kennedy Amutenya, who was a few weeks ago reportedly threatening to sever ties with his Botswana club Gaborone United FC, has had a change of heart and will now remain with the club. According to media reports in neighbouring Botswana, an exasperated Amutenya requested United to release him from his contract due to unpaid wages. But he however changed his mind after meeting with the club’s Zakhem, who through his company ZAC Construction, promised to settle the player’s outstanding monies. A Botswana football site KillerPass also reported that Gaborone United earlier this year had issued a statement denying any bad blood between the club and the hard-tackling Namibian fullback. As reported, the statement reads as follows: “Gaborone United wishes to deny juvenile reports that our player Kennedy Amutenya has resigned. While we would ordinarily not respond to all innuendos and rumour, it is important that our supporters understand that the club has communication channels and protocol, which should Amutenya is contracted to the club for 3 years and is fully committed to his contractual obligations. United has from the player. He (Amutenya) is an international, a professional who he plays football under FIFA and BFA rules. Above that, GU has a code of conduct for all its players and staff which should guide him accordingly,” reads the statement. – Additional info: KillerPass Junior cyclists win bronze medal at African Championships WINDHOEK The Namibian Cycling Federation (NCF) junior national team of Schalk van der Merwe, Dieter Koen and Alex Miller yesterday won bronze at the ongoing African Continental Road Championships in Kigali, Rwanda. The African Continental Road Championships are a series of cycling races held annually since 2005, with the best riders of the continent selected for the competition. This year’s championships started on Tuesday and end on February 18. Yesterday morning, the Na- in their team time trial event behind winners Eritrea and runner-up Rwanda with a time of 29:13:63 seconds. Eritrea won the time trial with a time of 26:07:12, while Rwanda were just 49’16 seconds behind them with a time of 26:56:28. The senior national team consisting of Martin Frayer, Dan Craven, Lotto Petrus and Drikus team trial event on the same day. Team captain Craven said they had a hard race on the Top performers… Namibian cyclists won a bronze medal at the ongoing African Continental Road Championships in Kigali, Rwanda. day, but they are hopeful their fortunes will change in their remaining races. “Martin was sick and throwing up during the race because he woke up with an upset stomach. Lotto was also struggling and by nine kilometres we lost him. After 12km Martin was not working anymore so only Drikus and I were pulling, but we still had to wait for Martin on the climbs,” he said. Craven added that their hope of ending up on the podium faded once they realised that Martin was struggling a lot. I am really impressed with how everyone did their best. Despite the circumstances we had, we hung on to the race.” Today, the only woman in the team, Vera Adrian will, compete in her individual time trial, while the elite men’s team and the junior team will compete in their individual time trials and road race later in the week. The senior male national team is made up of Martin Frayer, Xavier Papo, Dan Craven, Lotto kus Coetzee, while the junior riders are Charl du Plooy, Schalk van der Merwe, Dieter Koen and Alex Miller. Vera Adrian, who was crowned the 2016 African champion in the elite women road race and time trial category, is the only female athlete representing the country at the championships. –Nampa

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