NEW ERA | Thursday, July 27 2017 Seven-a-side tourney set to ignite the north Page 21 Shottists ruffle feathers at Heja Lodge Page 22 SPORT Pointless to protest against Namibia – ZIFA Staff Reporter Windhoek The technical staff of the Zimbabwean Warriors feel strongly that the third penalty converted by Namibia in the CHAN first round second leg shoot-out against Zimbabwe at Harare’s National Sports Stadium should have been disallowed. The Brave Warriors’ third penalty of their 5-4 victory against the Zimbabwe Warriors was taken by forward Dynamo Fredricks, but the Zimbabweans claim he first feinted (dummy-kicked) before taking the actual spot-kick, something they say is outlawed and illegal to do during shootouts. In his run-up to the penalty spot, Fredricks stylishly teased Zimbabwean goalkeeper Herbert Rusawu with a ruse, sending him the wrong way as he slotted the ball home in the opposite corner of the goal – a scenario the Zimbabweans feel amounts to pure feinting and some say that penalty should have been disallowed. Rusawu protested to the Swazi referee that he had been beaten by an illegal strike and his skipper Denis Dauda also joined in the protest, but the referee waved away the protesters and allowed the penalty to stand. Clearly not interested in offthe-field politics, Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) vice-president Omega Sibanda said they had not and do not plan to lodge any protest over the disputed penalty or claims by the Zimbabweans that Namibia used players still contracted to clubs in Botswana and South Africa. “I want to make it clear that we haven’t lodged any protest with CAF, because we were advised by our colleagues in Botswana and South Africa that the players were properly cleared to be registered by their home association (the Namibia Football Association), which made them eligible to play in the CHAN games,” Sibanda noted. “We enquired with our colleagues in Botswana and South Africa on Monday and were told the correct story, that the players had been duly cleared and were eligible to play for Namibia. I don’t know where these reports that we had filed a protest are coming from, it’s not true at all. “Even that penalty – which was controversial – we didn’t file a protest [over it] because it’s unlikely that the referee’s decision or the results will be changed, because he got it wrong. He can only be punished and then that will be the end of it,” Sibanda said. – Additional source: Herald Zimbabwe Photo: Emmency Nuukala Conquerors... Action between Namibia’s Brave Warriors and the Warriors of Zimbabwe during their 2018 CHAN first leg qualifier at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek ended with Namibia winning 5-4 on penalties. Debmarine injects N.8 million into netball Otniel Hembapu Windhoek After bringing hope to hundreds of local footballers through the Debmarine Namibia Cup, the diamond prospecting and mining giant has done it again, this time rescuing Netball Namibia (NN) from the jaws of demise with N.8 million in sponsorship. Netball Namibia, which has for the past few years been without any headline sponsor for all their activities, including regional leagues, yesterday officially became the chief beneficiaries of massive sponsorship from Debmarine Namibia. The N.8 million sponsorship is for a period of three years, meaning Debmarine Namibia will pump N0,000 into Netball Namibia annually for over three years. Additionally, Debmarine Namibia has offered to financially assist with the training of about 20 local umpires and to also assist in developing a fully-fledged website for the netball association. With the new sponsorship, Netball Namibia plans to host their annual senior national netball championships and a five nations netball series, which will involve Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland. They will also revive the ailing fortunes of regional leagues in all 14 regions by availing a N,000 annual grant to reach region for development purposes. Unveiling the sponsorship yesterday, Debmarine Namibia chief executive officer Otto Shikongo said the government has many needs to attend to, hence the necessity for corporate companies to step in and assist the Namibian youth, especially the girl-child. Last year, according to Shikongo, the company took a decision to plough back into the country’s youth through both football and netball. “These partnerships show our commitment to supporting government through the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service. We at Debmarine Namibia believe that social investment should be a means of bringing dreams to reality,” he said. Debmarine senior financial manager Willy Mertens added that netball empowers the girl-child by encouraging a holistic approach to the development of the intellect and spirit, as well as the physical and emotional wellbeing of the girl-child in particular and women in general. Deputy Minister of Sport Agnes Tjongarero applauded Debmarine Namibia on taking a wise decision to empower the Namibian girl-child through sport, particularly netball, saying the sponsorship will go a long way in providing women with positive opportunities. She, however, cautioned Netball Namibia, as the custodians of netball in the country, to practice good governance in whatever they do and to account for every cent spent during their various activities. Netball Namibia secretary-general Imelda Nerongo said they had learned a lot from their male counterparts at the Namibia Football Association (NFA), who played a mentoring role over the past year on how to secure sponsors. “After experiencing so much rejection from the corporate world, we reached out to our football colleagues, who always manage to get sponsorship after sponsorship, so they could also teach us to talk and mingle with potential sponsors. And that brought us here today, finally securing the Debmarine Namibia sponsorship,” she said.