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Tuesday, December 19 2017 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 Photo: Contributed RUNDU Simanya village in the Kavango West Region was on Sunday crowned the football champion of the Runda Annual Sports Tournament (RAST). ing trophy and gold medals. The tournament, which took place at City to offer Guardiola long-term deal Manchester City will hold talks with manager Pep Guardiola at the end of the season about extending his three-year deal, British media reported on Sunday. The reports said that convincing the 46-year-old to sign a new contract would top the agenda at next May’s end-of-season review traditionally held by City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and CEO Ferran Sorriano. Sky Sports, citing sources connected to the runaway Premier League leaders, reported that City to persuade Guardiola to stay longer at the club. Runda village this past weekend, saw teams from villages in Mpungu Constituency competing for N,500 in total, which was up for grabs in the football category. Nepara village took second place, walking away with N,000 and silver medals, while the third spot was won by Katope village, garnering N,500 and bronze medals. City are 11 points clear at the top of the table after extending their run to 16 games in a row with a 4-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday that maintained their unbeaten league campaign. Guardiola is halfway through his contract, worth up to 20 million Simanya thrashed Nepara by three cup it won last year. Simanya dominated the game, scoring two quick The game was put to bed in the second half when Simanya scored their third goal to be crowned champions. In the netball category, Mpungu was pounds (.63 million) annually according to The Daily Telegraph. Guardiola failed to win a trophy career last season, but as well as being hot favourites to win the league this campaign, his side visit Leicester on Tuesday and Swiss side FC Basel crowned the champion after seeing The host village, Runda, lost to Katope, which took third place. The Mpungu netball team walked away with N,500 and gold medals while the runners-up, Silikunga, won N0 and silver medals. Katope won N0 and bronze medals. - Nampa in the Champions League last 16 in February. Guardiola took a year off after four years in charge at Barcelona, where he described the political pressures as like “being in an oven”, and then spent three years at Bayern Munich before joining City. - Floyd- Conor second ever Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s cross-combat super- richest boxing bout in history, long-awaited on Friday. A statement from Showtime sports said the August fight between boxing star Mayweather and mixed martials arts king Mc- Gregor generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America. – Mayweather’s 2015 bout with Manny Pacquiao – has ever drawn more, racking up 4.6 million buys to earn around 0 million. The Mayweather- McGregor pay-perview total is almost double the third biggest De La Hoya’s 2007 which had 2.48 million buys. Showtime said in a statement that global revenues, including ticket sales, sponsorship and international distribution, Mayweather and McGregor had exceeded 0 million. “The pairing of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor brought to- cant and distinct global fan bases in one truly unprecedented event,” Showtime Sports chief Stephen Espinoza told ESPN.“The remarkable results are all the more impressive considering that the planning, marketing and execution took place across a span of just 72 days from the initial announcement to The Mayweather- McGregor fight was widely dismissed as a circus before the bout, which was eventually won by Mayweather – returning from a twoyear retirement – with a 10th round knockout. Meanwhile Philippine boxing hero Pacquiao said last week he too was seeking his own showdown with Mc- had opened talks with the Irishman to possibly - Nampa/ AFP

NEW ERA | Tuesday, December 19 2017 City to offer Guardiola long-term deal Page 23 Simanya village wins RAST football tournament Page 23 SPORT Page 23 Tanzania’s Ramadhan cautions Ambunda ... ’I’m coming to Namibia to win’ Determined... Tanzanian boxer Nasibu Ramadhan DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania’s boxing temperament will be subjected to yet another stern test this month when the country’s professional boxer Nasibu Ramadhan takes on Namibia’s former world champion Paulus Ambunda for the World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight international title bout. Ramadhan, one of the best super bantamweight boxers in the country at the moment, is now undergoing intensive training in the for December 29 in Windhoek, Namibia. Tanzania Professional Boxing Organisation (TPBO) president Yassin Abdallah said yesterday that Ramadhan was in great shape, raring to outshine the Namibian boxer before his supporters. According to Abdallah, Tanzania’s Said Mbelwa will also be in action on the night when he faces Namibia’s undefeated former two-time world champion Harry Simon in one of the supporting bouts. Simon is among the best cruiserweight professional boxers in the world. He has not lost a has fought 30 times and won all out (KO). This means Mbelwa should not expect an easy ride when he tackles the Namibian in the six-round cruiserweight bout. But the TPBO boss Abdallah believes both Ramadhan and Mbelwa have all it takes to win their respective bouts. “Tanzanian boxing fans should expect positive results in the been training since last month and they are ready for the challenge,” Abdallah said. On his part, Ramadhan, who has a record of 24 victories, nine losses and two draws, expressed optimism that he would defy the Ambunda, who boasts an impressive record of 25 wins with only two losses. He said he would leave the Namibian capital of Windhoek as new WBC champion. “I have been training hard me, I will snatch the WBC title at the expense of Ambunda. It is a beautiful challenge for me, but I think I am ready for that,” he - Vogel wins Coastal Senior Open in Swakopmund Staff Reporter Windhoek The Senior Open Golf Championship took place in Swakopmund recently and saw a total of 39 golfers taking part in this year’s competition. The golfers, who hail from various golf clubs around the country, competed in the two-day tournament that was played at the Rossmund Golf Course. During the tournament the players not only competed individually, but also had to play for the Central versus Coastal trophy. Gerd Vogel from Swakopmund was the overall winner, while Bennie Venter and George Vink from Windhoek battled it out for second and third place. Vogel won the competition with 76 stable-ford points, while Venter and Vink both obtained 73 points. The team from the central branch won the Central versus Coastal trophy back from the coastal branch, who won it in 2016 at Rossmund and in May this year in Windhoek. “It was a very good turnout from both the coastal and the central branches. But this year central was the better team on score of 844 points versus the 820 points of the coastal golfers,” said Tienie van Rensburg, senior coastal golfer. The champ... Gerd Vogel (second from the right) won the Senior Open Golf Championship that was hosted at Rossmund Golf Course over the weekend. With him are Tim Botha and Sanet de Waal. Photo: Contributed

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