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New Era Newspaper Wednesday February 14, 2018

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Wednesday, February 14 2018 | NEW ERA SPORT 22 Argentina want Messi to play less Argentina’s national football association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia has said he has spoken to captain Lionel Messi about playing fewer games for La Liga side Barcelona in order to stay fresh for his country ahead of the 2018 World Cup. Tapia’s pleas have largely gone unheeded by Barca coach Ernesto Valverde, who has started Messi in 33 of the team’s total 39 games this season, only leaving him out of the match day squad in three King’s Cup games. The coach did leave Messi out of in the league against Espanyol on February 4 but threw the Argentine on as a substitute to help salvage a 1-1 draw. “I hope all the players arrive in the level they are at the moment. Sergio Aguero is playing outstanding right now and Lionel Messi is always at the top of his game,” Tapia told Argentine network TYC Sports. “That’s vital for the directors and the coaching staff. We have spoken to Messi about taking care of himself and about playing less for Barcelona.” Tapia also said Argentina are planning to play a friendly against Catalonia in June as part of their preparations for the World Cup in Russia, where they will hope to years ago in Brazil. A game against Catalonia could theoretically see Messi come up against Barca teammates Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto and Gerard Top asset… AFA president Claudio Tapia has asked captain Lionel Messi to play less games for Barcelona in order to stay fresh for his country ahead of this year’s World Cup. Pique among others. However, such in Spain after increased tensions between the central government and the region over its independence drive. “(Argentina coach) Jorge (Sampaoli) told me it would be good for us from a football point of view and point of view, but we haven’t closed the deal yet,” added Tapia. – Applied Animal Health TSUMEB The course content comprises the following topics: Maintaining livestock health Dosage of animal health remedies Equipment required for the remedies Internal and external parasites and diseases Immunology and vaccines Date Venue Classes Was Subsidised price* 5 - 8 March 2018 9 March 2018 Dr Rainer Hassel – Tsumeb- Chemical and plant poisonings The prudent use of vitamins, supplements programmes and basic post mortem procedure are included. 08:00 – 16:30 08:00 - 13:00 N$ 4,850 N$ 3,240 (included in price) or call Agra ProVision on: 061 - 290 9208 Agra ProVision Mourinho backs VAR technology Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho supports the use of the video assistant referee response it has generated since its debut in English football in the FA Cup last month. with VAR when they travel to Saturday and Mourinho stressed that the technology had to be embraced, although it needed to iron out some issues. “Of course they (VAR) need adjustments,” Mourinho told the club’s website. “They need to make sure they don’t change the dynamic of the game too much, the emotion of the game too much - people waiting a couple of minutes to know if they can jump (and celebrate) because it was a goal. “But from my professional perspective, I like the feeling of a right decision coming. It’s a penalty or not a penalty, it’s handball or not handball, it’s a red card or not a red card. I think a fair decision is a feeling that I like.” The technology is also being trialled around the world, however critics have pointed out Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho the length of the reviews while some supporters in the stadium are unhappy at being left in the dark about replays that TV viewers can watch over again. English clubs are not alone related to the use of the system, with VAR decisions seemingly only adding to the confusion rather than stopping it in Italy’s Serie A. VAR induced more controversy on Monday when the Portuguese football federation (FPF) said it had been wrongly used to disallow a goal at the weekend. Backing the referees, Mourinho added: “They want to perform the best they can, they don’t like to make mistakes... so if the referees are happy with technological support, then yes, let’s go for the VAR.” –

Wednesday, February 14 2018 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 Tigers reward players for national duty WINDHOEK The chairperson of Namibia Premier League (NPL) defending champions Tigers, Vaino Nghipondoka, on Tuesday rewarded his players for representing the club at national level. Tigers are currently 14th on the NPL log standings after 13 the season. Four of their players were selected to represent the country at the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco last month. They are Absalom Iimbondi, Benyamin Nenkavu, Ferdinand Karongee and Roger Katjiteo. The players were given monetary rewards, with Iimbondi walking away with N,000, while the other three players received N,000 each. Iimbondi’s reward was higher because of the goal he scored for Namibia against Zambia in the group stages of the championship. During the handing over in the capital, Nghipondoka called on the players to continue doing well for the club and the national Recognized… From left, Tigers players Ferdinand Karongee, Benyamin Nenkavu, Tigers chairman Vaino Nghipondoka, Absalom Iimbondi and Roger Katjiteo during yesterday’s press conference where they were handsomely rewarded. Photo: Nampa team when needed. “Your presence in the national team as Tigers players made us proud and I am therefore calling on all Tigers players to follow in your footsteps. I will not hate it if we can have half of the national team or the whole starting 11 made up of Tigers players,” he said. He added that the incentive given to the players should be seen as motivation for others to do well for themselves and get noticed by national selectors. He also stated that despite he is hopeful that their fortunes will change when the second leg of the NPL kicks off on Thursday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura. “I am now going to be more involved in the players’ well-being. Let’s forget what happened in the because blaming each other for those defeats will not take us anywhere,” said Nghipondoka. At the same event, Tigers unveiled their new signings - Esko Kavela, a former Tigers player who was re-registered; Brendon Kotungondo from Flying Eagles; Bradley Wermann from African Stars; Jackson Johannes from Young Chiefs and Da Costa Angula and Brian Bantam, both from Black Africa. – Nampa NNPC cyclists to compete in SA WINDHOEK On target… SFC’s Conrad Johannes seen in action during the Bank Windhoek Fistball League’s opening tournament in Swakopmund over the weekend. Photo: Contributed Staff Reporter Windhoek The Bank Windhoek Fistball League season’s opening tournament took place over the weekend at the Swakopmund Fistball Club (SFC) in Swakopmund. Sport Klub Windhoek’s Category A title while the host team, Swakopmund Fitsball Club (SFC) walked away with the Category B trophy. Eight teams participated in the tournament and competed against each other in two rounds with a duration of 15 minutes per match. In Group A, SKW 1 was the defeated their opponents Cohen Fistball Club (CFC) 4 and SFC and secured the second spot. A youthful team of CFC 4 tried its best during the group stages but unfortunately remained without a victory at the end of the day. SFC secured the third place. In Group B, defending champions CFC 1 dominated and had no problems defeating CFC 2, CFC 3 and DTS. The encounter between CFC 2 and CFC 3 was close but CFC 2 was able to 1 point lead. In the Category A semi- with CFC 2. Although SKW 1 had the game under control, it was a close call towards the end. Nevertheless, the Green and Whites advanced into the CFC 1 and SKW 2 faced each SKW 2 looked prepared, started off better and made their opponents pay for their mistakes during the game. In the second half CFC 1 reduced their mistakes and scored continuously. CFC 1’s hard work paid off as they eventually won the encounter with six points. nents SKW 1 and CFC 1 duel from the serve against the strong defence of SKW 1. In the second half, CFC 1 found gaps to score but SKW 1 never allowed their won with three points. The teams that were placed third and fourth after the prelim- for the Category B Cup. DTS, who played against SFC, had a good chance but eventually lost after an average game which they only won by two points in before SFC’s Knolle Kolb came on as substitute and created more pressure in attack. With this change, SFC deservingly won the trophy. In the match for third place, CFC 4 won against DTS. Eleven-year-old Mika Pilzer from CFC 4 was the tournament’s player of the day. Bank Windhoek Fistball League scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 17 at SKW Sport Club in Windhoek. “We look forward to this year’s league and want to thank our sponsor, Bank Windhoek,” said Michael Baas, chairman of the Namibia Fistball Association. The Namibia National Paralympic Committee (NNPC) will, for the second consecutive year, send a team of cyclists to compete at the Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge starting on Sunday in George, South Africa. Five cyclists – Frans Paulus, Matias Kamenye, Rodney Gowaseb, Mitch Dewart and Sebastian Joseph – will represent Namibia at the competition. Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, the committee’s secretary general and coach, Michael Hamukwaya, said their participation in the race forms part of the four-year cycle they are working on to prepare athletes for the Paralympic Games. “We want to help our athletes improve their ranking in the world, so that they get better chances of qualifying for Para-cycling campaign for the 2020 Para-Olympic Games,” he said. Hamukwaya added that the team has been in camp in Windhoek for the past three days and he is hopeful they will perform to the best of their abilities in South Africa. “Over the weekend our athletes took part in the Nedbank Cycle Challenge which was preparation for their trip to South Africa. I am happy that with the support of Coca-Cola bottling company Namibia, our athletes were provided accommodation, meals and drinks while in camp,” Hamukwaya said. The team will travel to George, South Africa today. Kamenye and Paulus, who is more affectionately known as Two-Pac, will compete in the T54 category in the 41.2-km hand cycling race. Dewart and Goaseb will compete in the 21-km race also in the T54 category but Goaseb will do the wheelchair racing while Dewart will compete in hand cycling. Joseph, a T53 athlete, will do a 21-km hand cycling event. - Nampa

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