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22 SPORT Tuesday, October 17 2017 | NEW ERA Nigeria warned about World Cup pay strike Brave Warriors climb three places on latest Fifa rankings Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has warned his players that their performances at next year’s World Cup will be affected if there is any repeat of protests over pay and bonuses. Brazil three years ago, the Super Eagles deliberately missed a training session in protest at the non-payment of a bonus for qualifying. That forced the country’s then sports minister to charter a private jet and nearly million in cash. Rohr said he is convinced that Nigeria can go beyond the last 16 for well in advance. But he told reporters: “The issue of bonuses and allowances, which are the usual African problem we see during the World Cup, must be avoided. “Such issue will be bad for our preparation. I the federation president that all (such issues) be cleared before the start of the competition.” Nigeria were not the only team to be hit by money troubles in 2014: Ghana’s players demanded that more than mil- to Brazil. The revelation was a major embarrassment for the government at the time, which was battling decrease in value of the country’s currency. Nigeria’s women’s team, the Super Falcons, last December staged a protest march to parliament to demand payment of bonuses for winning the African Women Cup of Nations. That followed a twoweek sit-in at their Abuja hotel. The government later agreed to release more than million. The Nigerian men’s team is in line for a .5 million bonus from football’s world governing body FIFA for qualifying 37 players used in qualifying are entitled to a share. Squad members at the if they match or better the national side’s performances in 1994 and 2014 by reaching the knock-out stages. - Nampa/AFP WINDHOEK The Brave Warriors moved up three places to 129th globally on the International Federation of Football Associations (Fifa) world rankings released yesterday. Since August the Namibian national team has been moving up the rankings after it dropped from position 94 in June to 156 in July. They are now ranked 35th in Africa. This follows their participation OMARURU of the Erongo Powersave Street Mile have called for changes to the competition’s structure to make it more competitive and attractive. Speaking to Nampa at the end of the race, Erongo Powersave Street Mile record holder Mynhardt Kauanivi called on the organisers to change the course to its inaugural format of 2013. “When I set the record in 2013 it was a straight course, now they changed it to have a loop, which requires athletes to slow down at the turn before increasing the speed again. That works against breaking the course record for athletes,” he said. He added that since Omaruru is one of the hottest places in Namibia the organisers should consider changing the programme line-up to allow senior athletes to race early in the morning while it is still cool instead of 10h00 or 11h00, as the heat makes it impossible for them to produce top-class times. and win over Comoros in a twolegged African Nations Champion- Windhoek. Speaking to Nampa, coach Ricardo Mannetti said it is a good thing that the national team is moving up the rankings but his main worry currently is for the team to get more game time. “We need to understand that as long as we do not play games on Fifa days, we will get a negative Athletes propose changes to Erongo Powersave Street Mile ranking like we did in July, but I am currently worried about activities that our team need to engage in,” Mannetti said. He added that despite not having an active league in the country the national team has done well and he is happy for the players and management. What is important is the start of the league season to give the players more game time and better performance when they join the national team, said Mannetti. Kauanivi, however, applauded the organisers for hosting the event which attracted marathon runners from Botswana, saying it made it more competitive. Race winner Kefas Kondjashili echoed Kauanivi’s sentiments, handle, adding that incentives are needed to help motivate athletes to break records. “If they want us to break records, they must put incentives on the table to motivate the athletes. I can break the record, but what will I get?” asked the NamPol runner. Kondjashili said he broke the record at the Navachab Half Marathon last year but was not rewarded for his efforts. Responding to the athlete’s concerns, Berthold Karumendu welcomed the suggestions on behalf of the organisers, saying they will always look to improve the race, while admitting that logistics will not allow some changes to be made. “On what technical aspect are they basing their argument on the route?” he asked, adding: “Athletics allows for straight and loop courses. We chose the loop course because everything is nearby be- same point.” On changing the programme, Karumendu said if they have the main races earlier the spectators would leave before watching the juniors and veterans run. The race organiser went on to thank the The coach also said he was busy preparing his squad for the Fifa international friendly match against Zimbabwe, but has cut down on his training sessions to two times a week squad to train with their respective teams for the start of the league, which is slated for Friday. Namibia and Zimbabwe will play on November 11 in the Dr Hage Geingob Cup. The next Fifa rankings are due early November. - Nampa Giving their all… Erongo Powersave Street Mile at Omaruru. event sponsors such as Powersave, Marathon Sugar, First National Bank and the Directorate of Sport for supporting the event in cash and kind. Karumendu promised a bigger and better race next year but added that more support is needed from corporate and the government for them to deliver a race of international standards. - Nampa

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