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24 NEW ERA | Wednesday, April 25 2018 Reunions aplenty as Bayern, Real clash Page 22 Wednesday, April 25 2018 | NEW ERA Preparations for World Varsity Rugby Sevens at advanced stage Page 23 SPORT Page 22 Harry, Meroro finally agree to lock horns Otniel Hembapu Windhoek It’s finally here! Namibia’s legendary boxer and former multiple world champion Harry ‘The Terminator’ Simon horns with rival Vikapita ‘Beastmaster’ Meroro, in have been yearning for since 2014. In a brief interview with New Era Sport late yester- into the ring with him, but however insisted that more be shared at today’s press conference at a local hotel in Windhoek. “The fight is on my brother, it’s on! We will hold a press conference tomorrow morning (today), where more details around the media and the general public. Come and witness said Simon when contacted A few years ago, it was reported that both Simon and Meroro were offered a lucrative deal by MTC, in an agreement between Meroro’s then promoters Sunshine Promotions and Simon’s Onkugo Promo- HARRy ‘THe TeRmiNaTOR’ SIMON tunately never materialised due to unknown reasons. VS Over the years, local boxing fans have been pleading with both boxers VIKAPITA ‘BeaSTmaSTeR’ MERORO to strike a deal that will and again failed to deliver many are of the opinion that public and to local boxing. are now at the sunset of their careers, Simon and Meroro undoubtedly remain well respected boxers and top crowed pullers within local boxing and with the latest news that they have now very local boxing fan has New Era Sport understands that the fight is scheduled for June 8 at the Windhoek Ramatex Hall and will be promoted by Simon’s Onkugo Promotions. Namibia’s all-time top scorer Bester to retire end of season … winding up extraordinary career Otniel Hembapu Windhoek Former Brave Warriors enterprising striker Rudolf retire from club football at the end of this season, as an assortment of niggling injuries have robbed him of valuable game time at MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) coastal Bester, who remains Namibia’s senior football team all-time top goal scorer with 13 goals in 46 appearances, disclosed in a recent interview with South African leading football magazine Kick retire from club football at the end of the current term. “I’ll retire at the end of the season in the Namibian league due to injuries. I hardly play anymore and I’m as good as retired with only three league matches to go,” Bester, who also played for South African giants Orlando Pirates, told Kick Off. Bester left Eleven Arrows in the 2009/10 season for South African side Maritzburg United and immediately made an impact PSL, scoring nine goals to help Maritzburg narrowly survive relegation. He also scooped the PSL Goal of the Season award Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune after turning his marker Jimmy Tau at Orlando Stadium. Bester would later go on to join Pirates in the 2011/12 season, and notably be remembered for scoring a stunning winner as a substitute against Jomo Cosmos to help Bucs Bowing out… Former Brave Warriors striker Rudolf Bester will retire from club football at the end of this season, he recently disclosed. Photo: Nampa retain the league title under Augusto Palacios. “’Tebza’ [Teboho Moloi, then Pirates assistant coach] said ‘now or never Bester my laaite’,” Bester recalls. “And I remember coach Augusto Palacios saying, ‘I know you’ll score.’ Seriously I’m not lying, you can ask him. Then I went in but I said to myself if I play closer to the main striker I won’t be able to get a chance. So I moved a bit closer to Oupa Manyisa and I said ‘play inter-passes’ so I can set myself up. Tebza was shouting, ‘gaan by die man, bly lanks hom!’ [go to the main striker].” Bester, who also played for Golden Arrows, Free State Stars and Moroka Swallows, won the league, MTN8 and Telkom Knockout with Bucs in 2011/12. He was also part of the represented the country at the 2008 African Nations Cup in Ghana. – Additional info:

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