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New Era Newspaper Tuesday February 13, 2018

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23 SPORT Tuesday, February 13 2018 | NEW ERA Namibian cyclists off to Rwanda for African Championships WINDHOEK The Namibian Cycling Federation (NCF) yesterday sent 11 athletes to represent the country at the African Continental Road Championships, which will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 13-18 February. The African Continental Cycling Championships are a series of cycling races held annually since 2005 in Africa, with the best riders of the continent selected from this competition. Martin Frayer, Xavier Papo, Kashululu and Drikus Coetzee are the elite male riders who will represent the Namibian team, while the junior riders are Charl du Plooy, Schalk van der Merwe, Dieter Koen and Alex Miller. Vera Adrian, who was crowned the 2016 African champion in the elite women road race and time trial category, will be the only female athlete representing the country at the championships. Speaking to Nampa on Sunday, national team coach Hans du Toit said the team is ready to compete amongst the best in Africa. “At the African Champs we are in for a medal because we have a very strong junior team that can win us silverware in the individual or team time trials. This junior team can also win us a medal in the road race as we have strong climbers who I believe will do well at the championships,” he said. He added that Adrian is currently the African champion in the road race and time trial, which gives her a chance for a good result in Rwanda. On a mission… Namibia’s top cyclists will represent the country at the African Continental Road Championships in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo: Nampa Du Toit stated that the elite men’s team are in for a ride at this competition as their category is very tough. “I don’t think the course, which is a 12-kilometre hilly lap, suits our riders, because this course is very technical, which - Du Toit said. He added that despite the course being full of hills, 2008 African road race champion Craven might do well since he is a strong climber and a technical rider. do better in the individual time trial and hopefully our elite riders will help each other in the road race for better results.” – Nampa NPL second round kicks off Thursday WINDHOEK The second round of the 2017/2018 Namibia Premier League (NPL) season is scheduled to kick off on Thursday with a mouth-watering match between Orlando Pirates and African Stars at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek. NPL administrator Tovey Hoebeb said the Board of Governors met in Swakopmund over the weekend, where they endorsed the resumption of the league. On Friday, Citizens will clash with Tigers while on Saturday Unam will play Tura Magic at Unam Stadium. In Gobabis, Young African will clash with Chief Santos at the Legare Stadium, while Blue Waters face Mighty Gunners at Kuisebmond Stadium, where Eleven Arrows will also play Rundu Chiefs. The Sam Nujoma Stadium will play host to the matches between Civics and Life Fighters as well as Black Africa against Young Chiefs. On Sunday, Young African will play Young Chiefs at the Legare Stadium, while Unam will take on Tigers at the Unam Stadium. At the coast, Eleven Arrows will play Mighty Gunners while Blue Waters will face Rundu Chiefs. Black Africa will clash with Chief Santos, while African Stars face Life Fighters at the Sam Nujoma Stadium. matches ended on 17 December 2017, with activities suspended due to the Brave Warriors’ preparations for, and subsequent participation in, the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco. Meanwhile, the NPL statement rubbished recent media reports that said the current sponsors, Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) and First National Bank (FNB) were threatening to withdraw their sponsorship due to breach of contract on the side of the league. As part of the conditions of the sponsorship deal, the NPL was supposed to source funds not happened to date. The statement added that the league will go ahead with the appointment of the chief execu- candidates for interviews out of a possible 50 candidates. The outstanding disciplinary issues by the end of February, the statement said.– Nampa Back in action… The second round of the 2017/2018 Namibia Premier League (NPL) season will kick off on Thursday. Photo: Nampa Caption: League Action jpg –

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