22 SPORT Thursday, January 4 2018 | NEW ERA Klim signs for Doncaster Knights Maqonda Ndlovu Windhoek Namibia’s international rugby player Lesley Klim has signed for Doncaster Knights until the end of the season. The 22-year-old University of Namibia (Unam) player will be playing in the United Kingdom’s second tier league until June this year, having signed a 6-month contract. Klim, who can play outside centre, which is his preferred position, or left wing, arrived of his new teammates in action in Saturday’s championship derby against Rotherham Titans at Clifton Lane. Speaking to Nampa via WhatsApp from his new base, the strongly built Namibian said he was grateful for the opportunity to showcase his talent overseas. “The move came about through an agent going by the name of Richard Emms from Wales, who saw me playing against Emerging Italy where I scored two tries. Emms facilitated this move for me,” Klim said. On his chances of representing Namibia at the 2019 World Cup in Japan, Klim said if selected thinking about going to Japan. He added that if he does the job well and helps Namibia qualify, that would make the coach’s job much easier to select him for the global rugby spectacle. The excited Namibian told Nampa he is settling well into his new surroundings after he was introduced to his new teammates upon his arrival. “I’m living with a teammate from New Zealand and most of the guys from the team have been welcoming me with open arms here. I spent Christmas Eve with a teammate from Tonga, so it has been really easy for me to settle in.” Klim said the weather was not that bad at the moment, and does not see it affecting his Meanwhile, according to online media, Don- said Klim comes highly recommended to the club through Lyn Jones, his coaches at Welwitschias and Phil Davies (Namibian head coach). “He is an exciting acquisition and should suit our style of play. There are a couple of rough edges to be worked on, but [Klim] has plenty of potential and I am really looking forward to saying. – Nampa Going places… Namibian rugby player Lelsey Klim, with ball, has signed a six-month professional contract with English second tier side Doncaster. Photo: Nampa Mbidi meets Aleksander WINDHOEK Namibia Football Association (NFA) president Frans Mbidi met the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) president, Ceferin Aleksander, for dinner at an eatery in Windhoek last week. The two men held informal discussions on football during the engagement while Aleksander, who is of Slovenian origin, is in Namibia on vacation with his family and friends. Speaking to Nampa telephonically on Thursday, Mbidi said various issues related to football were discussed. “He is here on holiday, but informally we discussed various issues related to football, youth development, infrastructural development and various other issues that we can collaborate on,” Mbidi said. He said it’s now for him to formalize the discussions by writing the hope of initiating collaboration between the NFA and UEFA. “We know what Europe is capable of, and as NFA we are looking at soliciting help in youth development, which we know Europe will be keen on. We may also request an expert from them to help us with infrastructure development.” Mbidi said there is the possibility that Aleksander may introduce him to Football Association of Slovenia president Radenko Mijatovi. “With the introduction we may be able to arrange friendly matches for the Brave Warriors with Slovenia and work on other developmental projects as well,” he said. The NFA president said that as much as the meeting with Aleksander was informal, he was happy with the brainstorming on footballrelated issues that took place during the dinner. This is the second time Aleksander is visiting Namibia, after years ago. He brought with him an entourage of 14 people including his family and friends. The UEFA president will be visiting various parts of the country until tomorrow. – Nampa Go-getter… NFA president Frans Mbidi Photo: Nampa
Thursday, January 4 2018 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 On the rampage… Namibia’s veteran professional boxer Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda (right) lands a vicious punch on his Tanzanian opponent Nasibu Ramadhan Ambunda clinches WBA belt, makes short work of Nasibu … ‘Cowboy’ celebrates emphatic victory Staff Reporter Swakopmund Namibia’s veteran professional boxer Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda, has been crowned the new WBC Silver International Super Bantamweight title holder. Ambunda defeated his Tanzanian opponent Nasibu Ramadhan at the Desert Rumble Boxing Bonanza at the Dome, in Swakopmund, last Friday. The bout, arguably the biggest the coastal town of Swakopmund has ever witnessed, was co-hosted by Kalakoda Promotions from South Africa and emerging local boxing stable, Salute Boxing Academy. Also in attendance were many dignitaries, including the Minster of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta and Namibian Police Force chief, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga. live to more than 30 countries on the African continent that saw the former Namibian world champion reserved than anticipated by the large portion of the crowd. The former IBO world champion kept his East African opponent at a distance for much of the opening four rounds, peppering the Tanzanian with quick combinations before taking up a defensive stance again. However, the highly experienced Ramadhan, boasting 35 bouts in the paid ranks, did well to avoid any damage by Ambunda’s deliveries. After the third round, “The Rock” exploded, as he adjusted well to his tricky opponent starting to control the action more and more while Ramadhan also tried his utmost best to force a turn-over in front of the capacity crowd, upping his work rate but failing to seriously trouble the marauding Namibian, who calmly played out his advantage past the 12-round mark. Ambunda’s dominance was with all three judges John Chaggu (Tanzania), John Shipanuka (Zambia) and Fillemon Mweya (Namibia) unanimously giving the Namibian the nod (118:109, 115:113, 118:108). “I have worked very hard for this another title shot,” said Ambunda after his 25th career triumph. In the main supporting bout, local and crowd favourite Albinis “Danny Boy” Felesiano had a short work day, as his thundering left hook sent Raston Kayira from Job well done… A delighted Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda shows off his new WBC Silver International Super Bantamweight title. Photos by: Arne Putensen, The Dome Swakopmund Malawi crashing to the deck after 47 seconds into the second round. Felesiano, who recently spent a couple of weeks of preparation with Kalakoda Promotions in Cape Town, South Africa, promised he would “bring the pain” on Friday night and surely kept his word. “Danny Boy” was causing Kayira all sorts of problems just after the bell went off for the second round. A short exchange of heavy blows in the non-title lightweight was eventually ended in emphatic fashion, as Felesiano knocked out Kayira dead cold. “I’m very happy and now look forward to the next thing,” said Falesiano, who now stands at 18 and one draw. An even more dominant performance came from hot junior “Cowboy” Nashivela. vacant WBF Africa title unde- failed to go over the distance, the pressure was on Nashivela to deliver against South African opponent George Mduli. Despite his relatively young age, the 28-year-old man from Texas “Cowboy” stepped up to celebrate his quickest win ever, sending Mduli to the canvas after In other action, old hand Joseph “Smoky Joe” Hilonga beat Tinkhani Kamanga from Malawi on points (56:58, 55:58, 55:59) while Jonas Matheus had a tough to reign supreme over Malawi international Israel Kamwamba with a split decision win (56:58, 57:57, 57:58). Immanuel “Imms” Josef beat George Kandulo from Malawi (60:54, 60:54, 60:54) and Lazarus Shaningwa came out tops in the all Namibian affair against his country man Andreas Nghinaunye (40:35, 40:35, 40:35).