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NEW ERA | Thursday, November 30 2017 Serena, Kuznetsova uncertain of playing Australian Open Page 22 Brave Warriors meet and greet MPs Page 23 SPORT Tigers, Tura Magic in action tonight ... both seeking redemption Otniel Hembapu Windhoek It will be back to the grindstone for MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) reigning champions Tigers when they face unpredictable Tura Magic tonight at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 20h00. Both Tigers and Magic had mixed results in last weekend’s action, which saw Tigers losing both their matches (1-0) and Eleven Arrows (2-1), while second-placed Magic defeated Arrows 3-2 on Saturday before suffering a humiliating 6-2 defeat at the hands of Blue Waters the following day. Therefore, both teams will tonight be out striving for victory with the hope of redeeming themselves and getting their league title campaign back on track. the start of the season, winning eight of their ten matches, while only losing one and drawing one. But the same cannot be said for the defending champions going tough at the moment, as they have only managed to record three wins from their ten league outings so far. Generally, although most players in the country’s top tier league are still showing signs of rustiness and partly a of Tura Magic players have somehow been quite impressive and their ability to remain intact for 90 minutes in most of their matches is testimony to that. While Tigers can be complimented for boasting a fairly experienced squad, they have somehow lost the cutting edge and lethality witnessed during the historic 2015-16 season, which saw Tigers clinch the league trophy under the stewardship of veteran mentor Brian Isaacs. It is expected to be a thrilling affair between the two teams, with the likes of enterprising lead Magic’s wolf pack, while Tigers can rely on their net-buster Roger Katjiteo to see them through the night. Meanwhile, in midweek action, Katutura giants African Stars and Black Africa played to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium. Talisman... Tura Magic’s Petrus Shitembi (left), seen here in action against Unam’s Pandeni Kandjambanga, will be a vital catalyst for the ‘Magicians’ when they face Tigers tonight at the Sam Nujoma Stadium. Photo: Nampa Desert Storm, No Respect promise fireworks WINDHOEK Namibia’s World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa featherweight and WBO Africa junior lightweight champions – Sakaria ‘Desert Storm’ Lucas and Jeremiah ‘ No Respect’ Nakathila they meet their opponents in the ring on Saturday. The two will defend their titles during the Mobile Telecommunications Limited/ Nestor ‘Sunshine’ Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy’s last tournament of 2017, titled ‘Desert Storm in Action’, at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort. Lucas will headline the tournament when he faces Tello Dithebe from South Africa in a 12-round bout, while Nakathila will take part in the supporting bout as he faces Sibusiso Zingange, also from South Africa. The boxers faced off at a local shopping centre in front of a sizeable crowd yesterday. Speaking at the event, Nakathila said preparations had gone well. “I am ready for this and this is my time to shine. This will be an put up a good show and call upon everyone to support us,” he said. Zingange said he came to while promising fans a spectacle. Nakathila has a record of 14 11 wins, one draw and one loss. Lucas warned Tello that nothing will stop him from achieving his dream of winning a world title. I can give it (punches) as much as add another loss to him (Tello),” he said. Dithebe said he understands his opponent’s dreams, but he is here to spoil the party. “I have a promise for you, I am going to pull the red carpet from under your feet, I am going to destroy you. I deserve to be a world champion,” he declared (14 knockouts) and 20 wins, while 20 wins and seven losses. - Nampa Full Boxing Card: Photo: Nampa Ready to rumble... Sakaria ‘Desert Storm’ Lucas (left) seen with Nestor Tobias (c) and Tello Dithebe of South Africa during yesterday’s faceoff ahead of the two boxers’ WBO Africa featherweight contest. 1. Bantamweight (four rounds) Andreas Mwenyo versus (v) Jamba Gabriel 2. Catchweight (four rounds) 55 kilogramme swinger Filipus Nghitumbwa v Josef Mateus 3f 2w 1l / 7f 3w 4l 3. Bantamweight (four rounds) Andreas Amupolo v Frans Nanda 4f 1w 1l 2d / Pro Debut 4. Flyweight (four-round swinger) Jacob Jacob v Ruben Kandimba 7f 6w 1l 1d / 1f 1w 5. Welterweight (four rounds) Charles Shinima v Jason Mashala 3f 3w / 6f 1w 4l 1d 6. Junior Middleweight (four rounds) Max Ipinge v Hedison Nghipondoka 2f 1w 1l / 2f 1w 1l 7. Featherweight six rounds (swinger) Timoteus Shuulula v Niikoti Johannes 12f 11w 1l / 8f 3w 3l 1d 8. Lightweight (four rounds) Harry Simon Junior v Johannes Kutumba 3f 3w / 11f 4w 7l 9. WBO Africa Junior Lightweight (12 rounds) Jeremiah Nakathila v Sibusiso Zingange (RSA) 10. WBO Africa Featherweight (12 rounds) Sakaria Lucas v Tello Dithebe (RSA)

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