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24 AFRICA NEW ERA | Wednesday, August 30 2017 ‘Chamberlain set for Chelsea move’ Page 22 Wednesday, August 30 2017 | NEW ERA Participants to win big at Nedbank Spring Festival Page 23 SPORT What contract? I have no contract with Nestor – Ambunda Otniel Hembapu Windhoek Namibia’s former WBO and IBO world champion Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda yesterday strongly rubbished claims that he still has contractual obligations with the MTC Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy and thus he can’t join Salute Boxing Academy. Ambunda recently announced that he has severed ties with the MTC Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy and now joins forces with Salute Boxing Academy. That announcement was not well received by promoter Nestor Tobias of the MTC Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy, who in turn threatened to sue Ambunda for breach of contract, claiming he still has binding contractual obligations towards his academy. At yesterday’s press conference in the capital, where Salute Boxing Academy officially unveiled him as one of their new boxers along with former champions Vikapita ‘Beast Master’ Meroro and Wilberforce Shihepo, Ambunda laughed off sugges- ... Meroro, Shihepo now under Salute Boxing Photo: Strauss Lunyangwe New stable... Wilberforce Shihepo, Bethuel ‘Tyson’ Ushona, Salute Boxing Academy’s Kiriat Kamanya, Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda, Vikapita ‘Beast Master’ Meroro and Lukas Ndafoluma during yesterday’s press conference. tions that he has a contract with Tobias, saying there was never such a contract to start off with. In Ambunda’s own words, the only agreement he had with Tobias was a mere gentleman’s agreement but not any formal contract in black and white. The stocky boxer added that his departure from Tobias’ academy should not be viewed in a bad light as it is a normal business decision and nothing personal against Tobias or his academy. “I am not in the know of any contract that I signed with Nestor. I know we had a gentleman’s agreement before but not a contract. I am currently under Salute Boxing Academy and I will be here until the end. I have no personal problems with the Sunshine camp, I just think the time has come for me to move on and I am excited to be in a new camp,” said Ambunda, who last fought in June last year when he lost his IBO super bantamweight world title to Mexico’s Moises Flores. Both Meroro and Shihepo, who were also part of Tobias’ camp, shared the same sentiments, saying it was time to move on and try new things in a new environment. Some months ago Meroro announced his retirement but yesterday said he rethought the decision and decided to come out of retirement under a new stable. Ambunda, Meroro and Shihepo now join World Boxing Federation (WBF) welterweight world champion Bethuel ‘Tyson’ Ushona, also previously under the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy. Efforts to get comment from Tobias proved futile as his mobile phone went unanswered and neither did he reply to text messages sent to him by the reporter. Winning start... Namibia’s Under-20 team yesterday delivered a thrilling performance to beat Canada 31-16 in their opening match in the 2017 World Rugby U20 Trophy at the Charrua stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay. Namibia’s next match will be on Saturday against Chile. Photo: worldrugby.org

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