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NEW ERA | Tuesday, January 30 2018 Federer claims 20th Grand Slam Page 21 Mannetti wants more exposure to CAF competitions Page 23 SPORT Coleman makes immediate impact WINDHOEK Brave Gladiators striker Zenatha Coleman has made an immediate impact at her new club Real Zaragoza by scoring on her debut in her team’s one-all draw with Madrid CFF in the Spanish Primera Division on Sunday. Coleman scored as early as the 17th minute to put her side ahead, before Leticia Mende Fernandez equalized for Madrid CFF in the 62nd minute. The Namibian striker joined her new club last week from Lithuanian team Gintra Universitetas, and only had four training sessions with her new teammates before being thrown in at the deep end. Speaking to Nampa via WhatsApp yesterday, Coleman said she is adapting well to her new surroundings and is looking forward to helping her new team find their way up the ladder as they are currently struggling. “Their goalkeeper played very well and prevented us from winning. It feels okay to get one point at home but as a team we are looking at gaining more points to move away from the relegation zone,” Coleman said. Zaragoza are currently at the bottom of the log with seven points from 17 games, having drawn twice and lost four times in their last six matches, and are 11 points away from safety halfway through the first round. While acknowledging that the remainder of their campaign will be tough, she said her new team welcomed her well in spite of the language barrier which is a bit of a problem. “I still need to get used to how the team plays and after two or three games, we will understand each other. There was a bit of miscommunication and misunderstanding between me and my new teammates but things are looking good,” she said. Zaragoza’s next Primera Division match will be against Tenerife on Sunday. – Nampa Brave Warriors receive warm welcome … pride of the nation Marco Ndlovu Windhoek Scores of Namibians yesterday flocked Hosea Kutako International Airport to congratulate and grant the Brave Warriors a warm welcome, following their historic participation and heroic display at the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco. The team touched down yesterday morning at 11h00 and was received by Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Agnes Tjongarero and a decent number of Namibians from all walks of life – who all came out to show their appreciation and unwavering support to the national team. Tjongarero was accompanied by Fred Mwiya, the chief administrator of the Namibia Sports Commission, and Deputy Director of Marginalised People and Women in Sports, Jo-Anne Manuel. Speaking at the welcoming media conference at the airport, Tjongarero said the team had proven beyond doubt that they can compete with the best in Africa. “All I can say is, on behalf of the government of the Republic of Namibia and all Namibians, we welcome you back and say thank you very much for putting our name on the football map,” she said. She noted that the team had gone into the competition against the backdrop of not having had an active league. Tjongarero said the team In full support… Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Agnes Tjongarero having a brief chat with Brave Warriors gaffer Ricardo Mannetti, during a press conference held at Hosea Kutako International Airport after the national team’s arrival yesterday. Photo: NBC Sport/Nampa played well by beating African football powerhouse Ivory Coast and Uganda, before drawing with Zambia. Patriotic… A huge number of football fans yesterday swarmed Hosea Kutako International Airport to welcome the Brave Warriors back from their 2018 CHAN expedition. “I am not disappointed, we are not disappointed, you gave your People’s coach… Brave Warriors mentor Ricardo Mannetti being warmly received by local fans at Hosea Kutako International Airport yesterday. best. Playing the host nation is always a challenge. You played well. We are proud of you and are happy with the way you played.” Team manager Jakes Amaning paid tribute to the fans for keeping the team in their prayers, saying without the support of the government, the team’s performance would have not been what it was. “This is the whole country’s work. We worked together and the boys responded to that teamwork as well. Let’s continue supporting Namibian sport,” he added. Team coach Ricardo Mannetti attributed the team’s performance to the players’ discipline, saying commitment and hard work had prevailed. He explained that the players had sacrificed their Christmas and new year holidays to train. “This proves that nothing comes easy. You have to put in a lot of work. I am over the moon and I say thank you to the team,” said an emotional Mannetti. About 70 Brave Warriors fans welcomed back the team. Namibia bowed out of the 2018 CHAN tournament on Saturday after losing 0-2 to hosts Morocco, having beaten Ivory Coast and Uganda each by a 1-0 score line, before drawing their last group game against Zambia 1-1. –Nampa

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