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New Era Newspaper Tuesday October 17, 2017

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NEW ERA | Tuesday, October 17 2017 Page 22 Page 23 SPORT Ghosts, Starlile in epic showdown Photo: File indhoek ll the trauma of the last couple of months has been temporarily put on ice, at east for the time being, following onths of uncertainty and a dark loud hovering ominously over he future of Namibian football. After a self-imposed hiatus - asting more than a season and a waited return to our shores when the troubled Namibia Premier League (NPL) resumes activities this weekend. Though the 2017/2018 Football League campaign is yet to be has it on good authority that league activities are bound get underway in earnest on Friday, October 20. league came to an unfortunate standstill when league authorities and their principal sponsor, MTC, could not reach an amicable agreement for a requested additional N million needed to kickstart league activities. was to shape the convolution of the entire football hierarchy, culminating in the exit of charismatic NPL honcho, Johnny ‘JJD’ Doeseb, after MTC pulled the plug on its marathon sponsorship commitment towards the country’s top football league, the NPL. This prompted a change in guard and led to the drafting of a new constitution in an effort to pave the way for the appointment of new executive members under the stewardship of Patrick Kauta, the strongman of Katutura glam- Those with intimate knowledge of the chronic behind-thedoor maneuverings in the inner circles at Football House let it slip recently that the league has finally reached an agreement with old hands MTC and FNB for a combined sponsorship fee of N million for the upcoming term. Insiders say the much-anticipated sponsorship deal will be signed in Windhoek later today. In the meantime, the NPL term. The appetising fixtures start with a mouth-watering tie when bitter rivals Orlando Pirates rivalry in the opening match of the 2017/2018 season at the evening, in what promises to be an intriguing clash of the titans Windhoek to extend his unscathed 10-bout winning streak when the cat-footed Namibian boxer takes on Ugandan opponent Juma Waiswa for the vacant WBA Africa Welterweight belt. The bout is the main undercard for the eagerly awaited WBO Af- homeboy and title holder Walter wa against challenger Meshack Mwankemwa from Tanzania in what promises to be an exciting 12 rounds of blood, sweat and tears. product of the revered MTC Nestor ing Academy, boasts a remarkable resume of 10 wins out of the same His equally dangerous oppo- impressive record of 10 wins from his credit – certainly no mean feat. The bout forms part of the ‘Champions in Action Boxing Bonanza’, slated for the Wind- October 21. A delectable menu will be on undercards taking centre-stage, the imagination of local boxing enthusiasts is without a doubt the non-title Lightweight four-rounder Following in dad’s footsteps, young Harry is unbeaten in two year – and those in the know predict a great future for the young lad. In other action, rookie boxer Joseph Hihangwa makes his pro debut when he squares off against the equally inexperienced and relatively unknown Max Ipinge Middleweight bout over four rounds. Undefeated after six bouts, Paulus Paulus should have little trouble in dispatching Zimba- for the International Middleweight non-title six rounder. The latter boasts a patchy record of 5 wins, 5 losses and one draw from 11 bouts. pound up against his compatriot, the slightly more experienced National Welterweight title over 10-rounds. - Photo: File =========

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