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New Era Newspaper Thursday January 11, 2018

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22 SPORT Thursday, January 11 2018 | NEW ERA Indian board gives Pathan backdated ban NEW DELHI Morocco looks for fast start in 2018 CHAN Indian batsman Yusuf Pathan has received a will be free to play from Monday after it was backdated to August, the country’s cricket board (BCCI) has said. The 35-year-old, who played the last of his 57 one-day internationals in 2012 but has been active in domestic cricket, “inadvertently ingested” a prohibited substance to treat an upper respiratory tract infection, the BCCI said in a statement on Tuesday. A urine sample collected last year tested positive for terbutaline, which features in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of prohibited substances. He was provisionally suspended in October and the board, convinced by the player’s explanation, to mid-August. “Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Mr Pathan’s explanation ... and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility Pathan, whose six-hitting ability and tidy offspin bowling made him a limited-overs asset, is free to play from Monday. – SuperSport Pride at stake… Saturday’s opening match in CHAN will ternational between hosts Morocco and Mauritania, according to Fifa’s statistical database. Huge sigh of relief… Indian batsman Yusuf Pathan CASABLANCA Hosts Morocco will look for a fast start in this year’s African Nations Championship when they host Mauritania in the tourney’s opener at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca on Saturday evening, Morocco will be making a 3rd successive appearance at the tournament, having reached in 2014, followed by a group stage exit at the last CHAN in Rwanda, two years ago. This time around, expectations are high for coach Jamal Sellami and his locally based side, with Morocco having enjoyed a wonderful 2017 which saw the senior national team secure a return to the World Cup since 1998, while Wydad Casablanca won the CAF Champions League. Following CAF’s decision to hand Morocco hosting rights for the 2018 CHAN (after stripping Kenya of the duty), the locally-based Atlas Lions now have a chance to add to the country’s growing list of football achievements. “The year 2017 has witnessed the great awakening of Moroccan football and its return to the forefront of the continental and international scenes,” Sellami told MAP. “Far from putting pressure on the players, World Cup 2018 in Russia and the coronation of WAC in the Champions League is a motivation for players to apply to the list of exploits by a new coronation.” The hosts’ opponents, Mauritania, are making their second appearance at CHAN. They debuted in South Africa 2014, where they exited in the group stage. ‘Les Mourabitounes’ coach Corentin Martins has only recently revealed his 23-man squad for the competition, having overseen preparations in camps in Tunisia and Nouakchott. The French tactician has included highly-rated attackers Karamoko Traore, Ely Samba Ould Voulany and Moulaye Ahmed Khalil, though rising star Moctar Salem Belal didn’t make the cut. – SuperSport Gibson wants SA to continue pace barrage JOHANNESBURG If Ottis Gibson gets his way – and as coach and selector, he has a big say – South Africa will continue to challenge India with a four-pronged fast bowling attack in the two remaining Test matches. - Test at Newlands, Gibson said: “When you are playing at home you play to your strengths and at the moment we have some high-quality fast bowlers.” “I’m a very fast bowlingminded kind of coach,” said former West Indies player Gibson, explaining why two fast bowlers, Duanne Olivier and Lungi Ngidi, had been added to an already big squad following a series-ending heel injury to Dale Steyn. Even without Steyn, a pace attack of Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada sent India crashing to 135 all out in the second innings after they had been set a victory target of 208 at Newlands. Gibson said the balance of the team depended on conditions but added that Centurion, where the second Test starts on Saturday, usually had pace and bounce, which would incline him towards four fast bowlers. “If you want to beat the best team in the world, which India are, then maybe we have to do something slightly different to what we’ve done in the past,” said Gibson. “We have to get stuck in and be tough with the bat and the ball. Get in their faces a bit, use our physicality in terms of our pace.” Olivier and Ngidi are specialist fast bowlers, while Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo are both allrounders who can add to the batting depth of a team whose fragility was exposed when they were bowled out for 130 in the second innings. Morris is capable of bowling at more than 140kmh, while Phehlukwayo is a medium-pacer. Phehlukwayo’s lack of raw pace could count against him. He will remain in Cape Town when the rest of the squad travel to Centurion on Wednesday in order to play in a domestic one-day match for the Dolphins franchise. Team spokesperson Lerato Malekutu said Phehlukwayo had not been released from the Test squad but had been given permission to play for his franchise because he had not played in the Test match. – SuperSport Iron hand … Ottis Gibson

Thursday, January 11 2018 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 Nakathila takes giant leap in global ratings Staff Reporter Windhoek Namibia’s junior lightweight superstar Jeremiah “Low Key” Nakathila has taken a giant step in the WBO world ratings after his victory over the highly rated Sibusiso Zingange from South Africa. Nakathila, rated #9 by the WBO last November, massively improved his rating to #6 in December. “I’m very excited about my improved world rating. Joining the MTC Sunshine team has been the best decision of my boxing career and I know this year holds great things for me,” he said. “The junior lightweight division is very competitive with Lomanchenko the current world champion, but I’m certainly not intimidated by his record and will do my best to continue winning and winning until I get to the #1 spot,” said an excited Nakathila. Nakathila’s promoter Nestor Sunshine Tobias, who also doubles as his trainer, is delighted about his “This boy is the future of Namibian boxing – we are excited to have so much talent at our gym. Our stable has the depth in so many weight classes and Nakathila’s talent is testimony that the academy’s future is bright, and will continue to make a positive mark on the international boxing arena. “Nakathila is focused and a very hardworking athlete and the opponents can only do his word ratings good,” boasted Tobias. Aiming for the stars… Junior lightweight professional boxer Jeremiah ‘Low Key’ Nakathila is hailed as a potential future world champion. ‘Marry-Boy’ relishes long overdue Warriors return Back in familiar territory… Black Africa versatile lanky centre back Emilio Martin (far left) could be a vital cog in the Brave Warriors lineup when debutants Namibia open their assault in Africa’s second tier football championship in Morocco on Sunday. Staff Reporter Windhoek Much travelled Black Africa Football Club versatile playmaker Emilio ‘Marry-Boy’ Martin makes his much anticipated long overdue return to the Brave Warriors set-up following a long absence after he was strangely cold-shouldered by the Warriors’ technical staff. The lanky defender, who can play in almost all positions on the team in 2015 and his return at Africa’s second tourney, the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN), which gets underway in Morocco this weekend, will be a welcome boost. The Black Africa skipper’s club form has been so devastating that selectors were obliged to recall the skillful centre back to the Warriors squad. Martin formerly played for Civics, Orlando Pirates and Ramblers and went on to make his debut for the Warriors in 2013. He Coast, when the Warriors open their assault in the three-week continental showpiece. “I trust in our individual talents and strongly believe the technical team has done its best to try and incorporate all the different skills and techniques we possess within the squad. But even though we are the underdogs in the championship, I still believe we will manufacture a decent result in our opening match,” enthuses the beanpole defender. Martin can play in both defence adds depth to the Warriors’ options and with his vast experience, he is likely to play a major role in propelling the team to succeed at their maiden appearance in the for the Warriors team was in 2015 against Zambia in an international friendly. The Namibians have been on an extensive training camp in Tunis, Tunisia since last before proceeding to their base in Marrakesh, Morocco. The Warriors are paired with continental powerhouse Ivory Coast, Uganda and Southern African neigbours Zambia in group B in the 16-nation tourney. The top two best placed teams from each of the four groups advance

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