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New Era Newspaper Tuesday August 15, 2017

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22 SPORT Tuesday, August 15 2017 | NEW ERA Staff Reporter Windhoek The Bank Windhoek Fistball League fourth round resumes this weekend at the SKW fields in Olympia in Windhoek. As it stands, finalists for the playoffs are already certain in the National A- league. As for the National B league, three teams are still competing for the semifinal qualifications spot. This coming weekend’s opening match will be an encounter between CFC 1 (Cohen Fistball Club) and CFC 2. The reserve team (CFC 2) of the Olympiabased club is still waiting for its first set win this season. On top of that, the team faces a huge setback. Most of CFC 2’s key players will not be available. According to the team’s management, the players that are unavailable are still In top form… Konrad Swart of DTS sets the ball during a league match. Fistball league back on track this weekend on vacation in Germany after they attended a fistball tour in Switzerland. It remains to be seen what CFC 2 will do on the day without most of its key players. In the next scheduled match, log leaders SKW 1 will play against Cohen 2. Thereafter, defending champions CFC 1 will face SKW 1. This is expected to be a titanic battle, there is a lot at stake and both teams do not want to drop points. In the last league round, SKW 1 was victorious on two occasions against their toughest rivals. If Cohen 1 again produces too little pressure from the serve and SKW 1 maintains its coolness at the net, a similar result will be seen. At the moment, SKW 1 is four points clear of the Blue-Whites. Both teams have already qualified for the play-off finals. SKW 2 are way ahead of the pack in the National B league. They sit on top of the log with a massive point lead compared to other teams. The undefeated defending champions have already qualified for the finals. There will be more excitement down the log where DTS and SFC, who are placed second and third, will battle it out amongst each other. CFC 3, who are trailing Photo: Contributed by five points in the fourth position, have the most difficult task to qualify for the play-off semi-finals. This will be contested between the second and third placed teams after this match day. DTS will play against SKW 2, SFC 2 and CFC 4. The same opponents await CFC 3. On the other hand Cohen 4, must play against all opponents on this match day. All is set for an exciting weekend of fistball. INVITATION TO TENDER TENDER NO: NPPF/2017/01 PROVISION OF AUDITING SERVICES TO NAMPOWER PROVIDENT FUND NamPower Provident Fund invites Namibian registered companies to tender for Auditing services. Details of tender document: Tender no: NPPF/2017/01 Document availability: From 07h30 to 16:30 (Namibia Standard Time) on 15 August 2017 - 01 September 2017, at the Cashier, NamPower Centre, 15 Luther Street, Windhoek, Namibia Closing date of tender: 01 September 2017 at 12h00 ((Namibia Standard Time) on Friday, Cost of document: N0.00 per document (Non-refundable) Enquiries pertaining to this tender should be directed to (email): Please submit your tender in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Tender No. NPPF/2017/01: Provision of Auditing Services: NamPower Provident Fund to be submitted at Room No. F4.22, 4th Floor, NamPower Centre, 15 Luther Street, Windhoek, Namibia. Photo: Supersport Want-away... Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho. Coutinho left out of Liverpool squad Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho was not included in the 22-man travelling squad for the first leg of their Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim, the Premier League club said on Monday. According to reports in British media, Barcelona target Coutinho submitted a transfer request last week after Liverpool rejected a second bid worth 100 million euros (7.96 million) from the La liga club. Coutinho also missed Liverpool’s 3-3 draw at Watford on Saturday due to a back injury, with manager Jurgen Klopp conceding he had no control over the 25-year-old’s future at the club. Under current Uefa rules, Coutinho’s participation in the play-off round against Hoffenheim would not jeopardise a move in the current transfer window. The Brazil international will remain eligible to feature for another club in next month’s Champions League group-stage. The Merseyside club will also be without striker Daniel Sturridge, who has failed to recover from a thigh injury sustained during the pre-season. Hoffenheim host Liverpool at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena today before the two sides meet again at Anfield next week. –

Tuesday, August 15 2017 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 Ohangwena optimistic about Skorpion Zinc Cup Finish line... Shannon Rowland was crowned the Ladies Quad Champion for 2017 Enduro series produces fireworks at Otjihase Staff Reporter Windhoek The 2017 Bank Windhoek Namibian Enduro Championship titles were sealed in most of the competition’s classes at Otjihase over the weekend, with the event attracting close to 60 participants. Henner Rusch (KTM, Open Motorbikes), Joern Greiter (KTM, Senior Motorbikes), Juergen Gladis (KTM, Clubman’s), JL Oppermann (Honda, Open Quads), Shannon Rowland (Honda, Ladies Quads) and Dylan Hilfiker (KTM, Development Riders) all secured podium places to win their respective championships. Rusch secured his fifth Namibian Enduro Championship title in a row with first place at Otjihase II. In the absence of championship second Marcel Henle (KTM), Rusch clocked the fastest lap of the day and out-classed the other participants in the Open Motorbikes Class on his way to a commanding victory. Heiko Stranghoehner (KTM) managed his best result in this class by finishing second ahead of Corner Visser (Sherco). Visser now trails Henle by only three championship points for second overall, and an entertaining battle between the two can be expected for the season’s last race in October. Kai Hennes (KTM) was on track for a podium finish with a very fast first lap, but unfortunately lost approximately 25 minutes on his second lap due to technical reasons, to finish ninth overall in the end. Joern Greiter (KTM) strode comfortably to the Senior Motorbike Riders Class Championship title with his fifth victory of the season. Stefan du Plessis (KTM) finished second ahead of Frank Ahlreip (KTM) in third. Ahlreip moved into third overall with his strong performance and will be seeking to defend this spot in the last race of the season. In the Clubman’s Motorbike Class, Juergen Gladis (KTM) finished second, securing enough points to claim the Clubman’s title for the second year in a row. Jean Venter (Yamaha) had an excellent day and claimed top spot. Young talent Juan van As (KTM) finished third – his first podium finish in the Clubman’s Class. Entering the last race of the season, Wayne Schablinski (KTM) is second overall ahead of Liam Gilchrist (Husqvarna). Keanu Weber-Trianus (KTM) came another step closer to winning the Off-road Bike Class Championship by finishing second at Otjihase behind Jaco Husselmann (Husaberg). Johan van der Merwe (Yamaha) finished third. In the Development Class for youngsters, Dylan Hilfiker (KTM) won the championship with his victory at Otjihase, ahead of Levin Quinger (KTM) who lost a lot of time due to technical difficulties. Andre Barnard (KTM) finished third to move into third position overall. J L Oppermann (Honda) and Jens Rubow (Honda) battled neck to neck in the Open Quads Class for four laps, until Jens Rubow experienced technical difficulties and lost more than 30 minutes on the final lap to finish second. Gary Rowland (Honda) came in third and therefore has a comfortable lead in second position of the championship ahead of third placed Rubow. Shannon Rowland (Honda) secured her second Ladies Quad Class championship title in a row with a top spot finish at Otjihase ahead of Claire Brendl (Honda). Julia Moths (Yamaha) and Maike Bochert (Honda) both had technical problems and could not finish the race. The final event of the Bank Windhoek Namibian Enduro Championship season will take place on 14 October. For entries and all other related information, the Namibian Enduro Club has posted information on the website Preparations for the Skorpion Zinc Under-17 Cup are underway with Ohangwena Region ready to turn tables and take the tournament by storm come September. The Skorpion Zinc Cup venue and dates have been confirmed for the Sam Nujoma Stadium and the NFA Tehcianl Centre in Windhoek from 8 to 10 September. Ohangwena Region’s Under-17 coach, Kanyehu Lennox, says they have already selected a team of 25 players that it is yet to be trimmed down. In preparation for the tournament, the Ohangwena and Oshana regions will be hosting a two-day tournament at the Independence Stadium in Oshakati 30-31 August, where regions such as Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Oshana are expected to battle it out, so as to expose the boys to competition and get them mentally and physically fit. Lennox says although football wise, Ohangwena had not been the best in the past they were improving and promise an emphatic return to the Skorpion Zinc Cup after a two-year absence. He has been the team’s coach since the cup’s inauguration in 2013, but left for two years, only to return this year. He recognises the threat posed by other regions, but is confident his region will see them emerge victorious. Ohangwena is in Group B, pitted against Oshikoto, Kavango East, Khomas and Erongo regions. Winners from each group automatically qualify for the semifinals, while the runners up of Group A and B will face each other, with the winner also advancing to the semifinals. “Our region has no youth league, and this disadvantages our players because they are not exposed to highlevel competition. The boys and I are looking forward to the competition and with the current situation in our country regarding sports, I can only hope for great things for youth football in our country,” Lennox concludes. - NFA On the move... Development riders in thrilling action during the Namibian Enduro Championship at Otjihase over the weekend. -Photos: Contributed -Photo: Nampa Ready to battle... The Skorpion Zinc U/17 Cup will take centrestage in the capital next month.

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