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New Era Newspaper Tuesday November 21, 2017

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NEW ERA | Tuesday, November 21 2017 Kinnear, v/d Westhuizen triumph at NHRSA Shoot Page 22 Weekend sees 30 goals Page 23 SPORT Tears of joy as Rammies and Starlile legends reunite for strengthened relationship Carlos Kambaekwa Windhoek Two of the most recognisable football institutions in the annals of domestic football, Katutura glamour football club African Stars and eternal cross-town rivals Ramblers will join hands in taking their love-hate relationship to the next level. History reveals that Ramblers of the now defunct Mainstay Knockout Cup during the inaugural season of multiracial football in apartheid South West Africa (SWA) in 1977, and ironically also featured in the Cup in 1985. The Gunter Hellinghausen’s led defeat at the hands of Oscar Mengo’s in 1977 but redeemed themselves to claim victory in 1985 walloping When old bones collide... Retired footballers from African Stars and Ramblers Football Clubs converged at the Ramblers Club in Windhoek last Thursday for a historical reunion. unanswered goals at the Katutura stadium. Eight years later, Rambler’s bearded skipper Bobby Craddock led the highly motivated Tunschell street boys to a well deserved victory as the rampant Rammies ran riot against their outs of sorts opponents on a chilly Saturday afternoon. On the other hand, Stars reached 1981– dispatching Black Africa and Chiefs (BMC) respectively. The Reds reclaimed the trophy at the expense of coastal side Blue Waters at a packed to the rafters Windhoek stadium through Mengo’s headed goal in 1984. Now, exactly forty years down the line, the two clubs surviving legends last week celebrated their held a reunion in the capital that at- clubs’ stalwarts, who gathered at the Ramblers club house in Pionierspark to relive the good old days. Amongst the most famous faces in attendance were; Ian Wood, Bobby Craddock, Gunter Hellinghausen, Albert Tjihero, Oscar Mengo, Heiner Beiter, Asser Mbai, Karl-Heinz Steinfurth (Steini) Willy Rwida, Dieter Widmann (Stars coach) Doc Naobeb, Gary Sales (coached both teams) George Gariseb, Kierie Tjituaiza, Seadog Kuhanga and Patrick Kauta (NPL Chairman). On completion of the usual rituals on the night, the two clubs knuckled down to some serious business, with Stars former defender and executive member Asser Mbai taking to the podium to propose the two clubs to work hand in glove to foster a closer relationship. “It’s a well documented secret that Ramblers is blessed with good sporting facilities complimented by a comprehensive youth football academy – hence my proposal for the two clubs to work closely with each other” “Since you don’t have a team league (NPL) – it’s my humble appeal to your esteemed club to start considering grooming young footballers to be taken up in our structures once they have reached that level instead of going astray,” Stars long serving team manager Lesley Kozonguizi added. In response, a delighted and articulate Ramblers Sports Club chairperson Herald Hecht expressed satisfaction with the mooted idea, promptly undertaking to engage in further discussions in the not too distant future. We will bounce back: Kitshoff Otniel Hembapu Windhoek two Test matches at the Hage Geingob Stadium over the weekend, Namibia rugby fifteen skipper Rohan Kitshoff said they would engage in some self-introspection and bounce back much stronger in the second tie. The two countries will lock horns again in the second test which is slated for this coming Saturday, Stadium in the capital. In Saturday’s post-match interview, Kitshoff said they should have done much better but a slow start and a lapse of concentration mid-game was partly to blame for the end result, which saw the footing. “We had a couple of weak moments in the game, and also whenever we lost concentration they (Uruguay) took advantage to score more points. - against them come next week,” Kitshoff said, who also represented The veteran campaigner said they drew many positives from Saturday’s defeat, and heading into this weekend’s clash they would map the way forward based on that positivity. The Namibian try scorers were De la Harpe, Rohan Kitshoff, JC Greyling, AJ de Klerk, and Johann Tromp with four conversions and a penalty by Loubser. Uruguay’s try scorers were Arms of steel... Namibia’s Christo van der Merwe (in white) tackles Uruguay’s Juan Echeverria during their test match at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday. Photo: Nampa Sanguinetti (two), Silva (two), Nieto (two), and Carlos Arboleya, while the seven conversions and one penalty came from Favaro.

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