Wednesday, August 9 2017 | NEW ERA SPORT 22 Mother City youth tourney beckons for Otjomuise Boys Staff Reporter Windhoek History is in the offing when about sixty boys under the age of 13 and 15 from the Otjomuise Football Academy travel to South Africa to compete in an international youth tournament in Cape Town later this month. The academy, made up mainly of boys from Otjomuise residential area and surrounding settlements such as 7de Laan and 8ste Laan, were invited to participate in the highly competitive Avendale youth tourney. The team mainly caters for underprivileged boys competing in the NFA age group youth leagues for the past three years. As it stands, they are amongst the top 3 teams in the NFA league. The 5-day youth tourney gets underway on August 24. At the tourney boys will be exposed to scouts from various teams in Cape Town and other would-be interested parties from Western Cape Province. Teams such as Ajax Cape Town have fostered closer links with their European parent club Ajax Amsterdam, which gives aspiring young footballers in their academies opportunities of a lifetime. However, the Namibians’ participation in the Avendale tourney will be more than just a football excursion, as a significant chunk of the travelling entourage Excited... Otjomuise Football Academy players are set to travel to Cape Town, South Africa to compete in an international youth tournament. have never travelled outside the boundaries of Windhoek, let alone beyond Namibian borders. The trip will also serve as an educational excursion for the majority of the boys, since their parents cannot afford to take them on such holidays. The team not only creates the platform for the boys to play football in a competitive environment but also provides a broader experience of life skills. Meanwhile, the team’s head coach, a Polytechnic of Namibia student, uses training sessions to help the boys with schoolwork, assignments or even gives them pep talks around education – hence the opportunity of taking part in the youth tourney means more than just a mere football match. “This is why the academy has resolved to invite boys in the two age groups from all over the country to join them on the trip. There are still places available for those who want to join them on this historic tour,” said team manager Sackey Elago . “We just have a few challenges in shortcomings with transporting the boys. So, if there are any good Samaritans out there who can assist us with sponsorship, it will be a much appreciated welcome boost,” said Elago. Since not all the parents can afford to cover part of the traveling expenses for the boys, Elago invites parents who want to register their children for the trip to contact him. Final registration date is August 15. Elago can be contacted @081 499 7424 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Otjomuisesport@gmail.com for more information. Johannes and Iiyambo score big with Rössing Staff Reporter Windhoek All five long distance athletes who represented Namibia at the just ended IAAF World Championships were previous winners of the annual Rössing Marathon National Championship. The likes of Paulus Iiyambo and Helalia Johannes (2017 marathon), Lavinia Haitope (2017 10 km run), Reonard Namupala (2016 marathon) and Beata Naigambo (2016 10 km run) have claimed first podium spots in recent years while coach Robert Kaxuxuena has also won the Rössing Marathon in 2003. As part of Rio Tinto Rössing Uranium Mine’s efforts to pro-actively promote healthy, safe and environmentallyresponsible lifestyles among its stakeholders, the Rössing Marathon Development Bonus, worth N,000, was handed to incumbent national champions Iyambo and Johannes during a special handing over ceremony in Windhoek recently. The bonus was introduced in 2011, with an amount of N0,000 over and above the general prize money at stake, that has contributed towards the career development of longdistance runners in the country ever since. During the handover ceremony, before the athletes jetted off to the IAAF World Championships in London, Rössing company secretary Glynis Labuschagne applauded the pair, wishing them good luck for the rest of the year. “Funding through the bonus is meant to support the careers of the two Rössing Marathon winners during the year of their reign as national champions. This support is aimed at helping develop local sporting talent while assisting in their preparations for competitions elsewhere.” She expressed the hope that the gesture will give the two champions an ideal platform from which they could launch further successful participation in future events. “We are going to eagerly follow their performances throughout the rest of the year,” she added. Both runners did well in London last weekend, where Johannes finished 19th overall in the women’s category while Iiyambo ended in 37th place in the men’s division. The two recipients expressed their gratitude for the support from the mine. “One of the benefits of the development bonus is that it puts us in a position to acquire special exercise and competition gear,” said Iiyambo. “Nowadays, running gear is scientifically made to add support and make exercise and competition more comfortable. For example, running tights and vests that allow your body to stay cool while you run; special sport bras for the ladies; and sports watches that help track your heart rate.” He said he appreciates that the sponsorship allows him access to otherwise hard-to-afford supplements to replace lost nutrients in his body. “In marathon running, it’s very helpful for us to stay healthy and recover faster for the next event.” J o h a n n e s s a i d b e i n g competitive is all about the health of the body. “We start training for a Chief beneficiaries... Rössing Uranium company secretary Glynis Labuschagne (middle) with this year’s Rössing Marathon national champions Helalia Johannes (left) and Paulus Iiyambo. marathon at least four months ahead of the event, with the focus on the first two months primarily on endurance, while speed is added to endurance for the final two. “With a rigorous training programme such as this, one needs new training shoes every two to three months, and competition shoes for every race or else we risk serious injury by using shoes with inadequate support for our bodies.” A pair of good running shoes can easily cost up to N,000. Rössing’s development bonus enables long distance athletes to obtain the appropriate gear to help keep them injury-free and perform at their level best. Barcelona ‘a matter of hours’ away from signing Coutinho Barcelona are ‘a matter of hours’ away from signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, according to reports in Spain. Barca’s representatives are said to have travelled to Liverpool yesterday to conclude a deal and are aiming to unveil the 25-year-old as their new signing later this week. The report claims that Barcelona’s offer will be worth €90 million (£82m) plus variables. Liverpool owners are said have agreed to sell Coutinho to Barcelona, despite strong resistance from Jurgen Klopp, who wants the midfielder to stay at Anfield. Coutinho is viewed as a replacement for Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in a world record deal worth £198m last week. Publicly, Liverpool have remained adamant that Coutinho is not for sale but Graeme Souness believes his former club will be unable to stop the midfielder from leaving. “I don’t think you can [keep him],’ Souness told Sky Sports. “The chance to play for a team that would suit his style of play, I don’t think he can say no to it, as hard as that is for Liverpool to accept. Ultimately if he wants to go he will go, as much as the club won’t want him to. He’s on a contract but if the big players want to go these days then they get their own way.” - metro.co.uk
Wednesday, August 9 2017 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 On the ball... Karamba United (in red and white) in action against Young MK FC during their league match on Saturday at the Rupara football field, where United won the match 2-1. Young entrepreneur supports Musese football league RUNDU A young and emerging entrepreneur has teamed up with the Musese Constituency Football League in Kavango West Region to develop the game in the area. Steven Mungongi, in an interview with Nampa on Saturday at Rupara football field, said sports in rural areas had not been receiving much support and hence his action to help. He is chairman of Mungongi Trading Group that has various business ventures in agriculture, construction and catering. Rupara is a village about 60-km west of Rundu. Mungongi said there was a lot of raw talent at grassroots level that needed exposure to benefit the region and country at large. “Look, there is no premier league now and many [football] divisions countrywide have not kicked a single ball since last year. If this can happen to our big leagues, what will happen to sports in rural areas if we do not come and support it?,” said Mungongi. Team representative of Young MK Football Club Pius Haimbili applauded Mungongi for coming on board to team up with the league, saying this kind of gesture was the first of its kind since the league started in 2014. Haimbili called on other business people in the region to emulate Mungongi’s work to uplift sports in the region. Meanwhile, the league which currently consists of eight teams has been renamed Mungongi Soccer League in recognition of Mungongi’s sponsorship of N 000 including a trophy and medals. The team that wins the league will walk away with N 000 plus a trophy and gold medals. Second in place will receive N 000 plus silver medals and third place N 000 with bronze medals. At the moment, G n B Football Club is leading the league with nine points, followed by Musese United (five points), Rupara United (five points) behind Musese on goal difference, and then Mahenzere City with four points. In fourth position is Mahenzere Chiefs and Karamba Football Club, both with four points behind Mahenzere City on goal difference. Young Stars and Young MK Football Club are at the bottom of the league with no points to show for their efforts. – Nampa On the move... Heiko Stranghoehner is seen here in action during the first race at Otjihase in April. Man to watch... Wayne Schablinski is a top favourite in the Clubmans Class. Top contender... Abner Abner, seen here in action during a recent race at Ababis, will be one of the top contenders. Enduro Championship at farm Otjihase this weekend Staff Reporter Windhoek The Bank Windhoek Namibia Enduro Championship is heading to Farm Otjihase near Otjihase Mine on the outskirts of Windhoek this weekend. This weekend’s activities will mark the sixth round of the Enduro series. This is the second outing of the series to Otjihase after April’s event, and it could be the championship decider in the Open Motorbikes Class. After his victory at Abbabis in the Open Motorbikes Class, Henner Rusch (KTM) could secure his fifth Bank Windhoek Namibian Enduro Championship title in a row with a first place finish. His biggest rival this season, Marcel Henle (KTM), who is recovering from a slight injury sustained in a competition in South Africa, is unlikely to start and will focus on the prestigious Roof of Africa event coming up towards the end of the year in Lesotho. Corner Visser (Sherco) and Kai Hennes (KTM) still have a chance to finish second overall and will be keeping up the pressure. Joern Greiter (KTM) is striding towards the Senior Motorbike Riders Class Championship this season and will be favourite at Otjihase, due to his victory there earlier in the year. Werner Wiese (KTM), David Brown (KTM) and Frank Ahlreip (KTM) are all still in close contention for podium positions at the end of the season. Brown will be confident for a good result at Otjihase, as he secured second place in April. In the Clubmans Motorbike Class, Juergen Gladis (KTM) is likely to secure the championship at Otjihase, while the battle for second and third overall is still on. Swakopmund-based talent Liam Gilchrist (Husqvarna), currently placed second overall, will be under pressure from Wayne Schablinski (KTM), Kurt Hartung (Yamaha), Lenny Bagwitz (KTM) and Duard Wiese (KTM). Keanu Weber-Trianus (KTM) and Teddy Kausch (KTM) will be an interesting pair to follow in the Off-road Bike Class, as they battle for the championship. In the Development Class for youngsters, Dylan Hilfiker (KTM) still has a good overall lead in the championship, however Levin Quinger (KTM) has been catching up recently winning the last two races in a row. A victory at Otjihase would lead to Shannon Rowland (Honda) securing her second Ladies Quad Class championship title. The Namibian Enduro Club expects around 65 quad and motorbikes to enter in 11 Competition Classes. Junior riders as of 10 years of age will be on the track, as well as a large number of Clubman’s Class riders. Members of the public are welcome to attend the event as this race offers excellent viewing points from the pits, close to the action. The venue can be reached following the B6 in an eastern direction towards Gobabis for approximately 15 km, turning off to the Otjihase Mine / Heja Lodge. After another 14 km, participants and spectators will enter the mine entrance. From this point onwards, the Enduro signage will guide the way for approximately 6 km to the pit area. For entries and all other related information, the Namibian Enduro Club has posted information on the website www.namibianenduro.com. The race is co-sponsored by Blue Chip Spraypainting.