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New Era Newspaper Tuesday July 25, 2017

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NEW ERA | Tuesday, July 25 2017 Rammies youth football tourney a great success Page 22 Enduro race produced fireworks at Farm Abbabis Page 23 SPORT ucrative prizes at stake in ebmarine Cup quarters Staff Reporter Windhoek The ongoing Debmarine Namibia Cup sees giants of the now-defunct Namibia Premier League (NPL) heavyweights Tura Magic up against Civics in the peak of quarterfinals matches slated for the Legare Stadium in Gobabis on Saturday. When the quarterfinals draw was conducted at Football House to determine clashes of the remaining eight clubs in the lucrative knockout cup, it was inevitable for the big guns to avoid each other. Located approximately 200-kilometer east of Windhoek, the Cattle Country, as Gobabis is affectionately known, will be a hive of activity this weekend when action resumes in the country’s richest knockout cup competition. Action gets underway with a mouth-watering clash between Mighty Gunners and Try Again, the latter being the only remaining representative from the southern part of the country. Their clash is penciled in for 11h00, while premier league rivals Magicians and Civics will lock horns afterwards at 13h00. Young African Football Club, promoted to the NPL whose season …Magicians and Civilians top the bill Ace in the pack... Much travelled Brave Warriors attacking midfielder Petrus “Dancing Shoes” Shitembi (in red) is likely to make his secretly kept bow for Tura Magic when the Magicians lock horns with fellow premiership opponents Civics in the quarterfinals of the lucrative Debmarine Namibia Cup in Gobabis this weekend. did not take off and which has since relocated to the Cattle Country, will lock horns with fellow premiership rivals Rundu Chiefs at 15h00, with traditional local giants Eastern Chiefs confronting premiership boys Young Chiefs in the final clash under floodlights at 17h00. The winner in the Gunners/Try Again clash will face the victors between the Mighty Civilians and the Magicians, while the triumphant side in the clash between Young African and Chiefs will set up a date with the winner in the battle of the chiefs (Young Chiefs and Eastern Chiefs). Each participating club in quarterfinals is guaranteed a full playing gear to be complimented with a handsome cash amount of N,000 for traveling and preparations expenses, with the same practice also to be applied in the semifinals stage. The amount will be increased to N,000 for the two teams reaching the final. Man of the Match recipient will walk away with a cool N,500 in the quarterfinals; N,000 (semifinals) and N,000 in the final. The winner will also have the privilege of selecting a charity organisation of his choice for an equivalent amount. We have what it takes to beat Namibia - Kenyan coach NAIROBI Kenya Simbas coach Jerome Paarater has now called on his charges to create history by winning the Africa Gold Cup by beating Namibia in their backyard this Saturday. It will be winner-takesall clash in Windhoek at the Hage Geingob Stadium after Kenya beat Zimbabwe 41-22 in Bulawayo on Saturday and Namibia crushing Uganda 48-24 in Kampala. Defending champions Namibia lead the standings on 20 points with Kenya second on 17. Paarwater said the task will be difficult but has called on his boys to deliver a historic win against the champions. “It won’t be easy but from what we saw against the Zimbabwe game, we had the resilience and patience to execute a good game plan and we carried the day,” added Paartwter “It was not about playing extensive and funny rugby, it was just to play winning rugby which is ugly at times ugly but it was a good game.” The South African tactician observed that work needs to be done on one-onone tackles. “We have work to do especially on one-onone tackles to make sure the attacking player does not get to the advantage line,” said Paarwater. Kenya outscored the Sables by five tries to three in a demanding contest played in the rugby heartland of Zimbabwe. Darwin Mukidza booted Kenya ahead with a penalty before scrumhalf Hilton Mudariki, attacking from the base, slit open the Simbas’ defence to touch down with Tich Makwanya converting for a 7-3 Sables lead. The hosts were enjoying territory and possession, the Simbas reduced to a purr, and largely back-pedaling before hooker Peter Karia’s offload set up Sam Onsomu for a try under the sticks, with Mukidza converting for a 10-7 lead. The Zims, ever dangerous with ball in hand regained the lead when Takudzwa Kumadiro went over at the right hand corner for his sixth try of the championship as the hosts led 12-10. The Simbas started to see more of the ball, first electing to find touch after Zimbabwe had been penalized. They kept possession from the ensuing line-out and rolling-maul, Davis Chenge going over with Mukidza’s conversion for a 17-12 lead at the break. Moses Amusala opened Simbas’ second half account, going over with Mukidza converting to make it 24-12 but the Sables responded through Makwanya’s penalty and Daniel Caspopoulous converted try to come to within two points as they continued to dominate possession. As was the case in the first half, Simbas were slow to settle into a rhythm but did so, after surviving incessant pressure from the hosts. Substitute Martin Owila scored off the maul, Mukidza converting for a 31-22 score before skipper Wilson K’Opondo exploited static Zims defending, carrying the ball 20 metres to touch down with Mukidza converting. He closed out the match with a penalty to give Kenya a second consecutive win over the hosts. - www.thestar.co.ke

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