Tuesday 15 May 2018 Baby Warriors prepares for Cosafa U/17 Champs Page 23 United beat Wanderers in rugby derby WINDHOEK – United Rugby Club won their Round 7 fixture of the Namibia Premier Rugby League when they beat archrivals, Wanderers, 25-21 at the Trustco United Park on Friday night. United, who became the first club to defeat three-time league champion, UNAM, a week ago continued with their impressive form when they won one of the oldest club rugby derbies in the country. Pionierspark-based Wanderers, who have been the dominant side between the two, trailed the game from the start, as their opponents were too strong for them on the night. United, who lost the opening match of the season to their foes, went into half-time with an advantage of three points. The score stood at 11-8 at the half. In the second half, Wanderers came back the strongest side and took the lead at some stage of the game but a resilient and motivated United gave it their all to finish the game on top. The win puts them third on the log standing behind leaders UNAM, who have 33 points from seven matches, and second-placed Wanderers who picked up a bonus point for losing within four points and now has 27 points. United have 21 points from seven matches played. Suburbs, who lost 46-38 to UNAM are fifth on the log with 17 points. Rehoboth, who beat Reho Falcon 30-0, are sixth with 15 points, while Reho Falcon are at the bottom of the log with one point. Walvis Bay-based Kudus were the only team not involved in rugby action this weekend, but remain fourth on the seventeam log with 19 points. -Nampa Para-athlete Shikongo’s new house halfway finished •Staff Reporter WINDHOEK – Namibia’s multiple medalists Ananias Shikongo will soon have a decent place to call home, as the construction of his new house is already half way done. Standard Bank in partnership with the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) jointly threw their weight behind the construction of a new house for Shikongo worth N0 000, as a token of appreciation and recognition for his breathtaking exploits at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which saw the Namibian collecting three medals at the games. The Bank collaborated with NHE to secure a plot and construct a house for the athlete, breaking ground for construction to begin in February this year. When the Bank visited the construction site, the contractors were already installing the door and window frames of the house. “We donated this house to Ananias because we believe that it is imperative to give recognition to sports as an enabling contributor that fosters unity, national reconstruction and regional and international cooperation. It is also important to celebrate achievements, because it not only motivates you to continue on the path of success, but it also positions you as a winner and attracts more success,” Standard Bank’s PR and Communication’s Manager, Surihe Gaomas-Guchu said. Although it has admittedly been a long journey to this point, she said she was elated because they were almost at the finish line and the Paralympian would soon have a decent place to call home. “[Ananias] Shikongo proved to the entire nation that disability is not inability and has emerged victorious against all odds. It was only fitting that we reward him in an equally fitting manner,” she explained. Shikongo has also been a poignant figure in raising awareness for the Bank’s flagship Buy-a-Brick initiative for the past couple of years. He signed an agreement with the Bank in early 2017 to that effect. “The Paralympian’s story is demonstrative of the significant importance of choice and the unlimited opportunities it opens up for people when they just stop focusing on the insurmountable obstacles they face. In a few short months the culmination of all his hard work will pay off when he moves into his brand new house and we would like to urge all the youth to follow in his footsteps,” she concluded. Good progress… Builders hard at work at the construction site of Namibia’s Para-athlete Ananias Shikongo’s new house, which was donated by Standard Bank in partnership with the National Housing Enterprise (NHE). Photo: Contributed Lethal combo… Namibia’s Para-athlete Ananias Shikongo and his trusted guide Even Tjiviju.