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22 SPORT Wednesday, January 31 2018 | NEW ERA Here to stay… Nakale starts athletics training for 2018 WINDHOEK The Tangeni Nakale Athletics Kids Fun Run Club has commenced with training for 2018. Former long distance athlete Tangeni Nakale established the club in the Okuryangava informal settlement in Windhoek in 2015. Speaking to Nampa, Nakale said they started with the training programme for this year last Wednesday. Training sessions are held every Wednesday and Saturday. “We have registered over 30 children from previously disadvantaged communities. They range from 13 years to 17 years of age and we train them for two hours a day,” he said. Nakale said the club will have two or three fun runs this year starting with one on March 3, while the second one He encouraged parents of children from the surrounding communities of Oshitenda, Okahandja Park and Okuryangava to allow the children to come to the club and receive training. “We started the athletics club to train children to have a sporting mind at a very young age. They do sports at their schools but this will be professional training from me as I am a former athlete myself,” he added. The Tangeni Nakale Athletics Kids Fun Run Club is aimed at encouraging young people in the Okuryangava and Okahandja Park informal settlements to participate in sports, while also identifying potential athletes among the youth. – Nampa VACANCY POSITION: ASSISTANT HSE OFFICER: OTJIWARONGO Patterson Grade: C2 Purpose of the Job: Key Performance Area: Barcelona’s Spain defender Gerard Pique has signed a contract extension until 2022 which will take him beyond his 35th birthday, the Liga club said on Monday. “I am really happy to be celebrating my extension because this is my home and since my return, my desire has been to end my career here,” said Pique, who will have served 14 years by the time the contract ends. Pique started out in Barca’s youth ranks before joining Manchester United in 2004 but returned to the Nou Camp four years later and has since played over 250 league games. “It’s a special day, Gerard Pique is an experienced player, a Barca fan from birth and let’s hope we can continue to keep winning trophies. The deal was an easy one,” Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu told a news conference. Pique also said on the club’s website ( that there was never any question of him playing anywhere else. “I can only see myself in a Barca shirt. If I had not extended my contract then I would have stopped playing because I only play football because I play for Barca,” he said. Pique has won three Champions two European Super Cup and three Fifa Club World Cup trophies with Barca. – Minimum Requirements:

Wednesday, January 31 2018 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 FOCUS ON CHAN 2018 Looming transfers could hit Moroccan chances Hosts Morocco will be without key players Achraf Bencharki and Jawad El Yamiq if they reach the African Nations Champi- on Sunday. The duo are set to leave their Moroccan clubs by Wednesday to play overseas, which contradicts competition rules. The CHAN is a tournament for African players b a s e d in their own domestic leagues. Bencharki has agreed to join Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal Riyadh, while El Yamiq is heading to Genoa leaving from African champions Wydad Casablanca, while defender El Yamiq has been on the books of city rivals Raja. Both men could also miss Libya should their deals have gone through by that day’s transfer window deadline. Their International Transfer tered with football’s world governing body Fifa before the end of Wednesday. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) says that a player is ineligible to play in the CHAN once his ITC registration is with a club outside his own country. Morocco are due to play Wednesday, so leaving little time after the match for any paperwork Caf regulations state that as well as being a citizen of the country, “only players with a permanent contract registered in a local eligible to participate in the African Nations Championship.” Earlier in the tournament Guinea launched an appeal over the eligibility of Sudan’s Elsmani Elsawi Saadeldin, who they claimed had signed for Libyan club Al Ittihad Tripoli in December. Caf ruled that Saadeldin was eligible as he was still with his Sudanese club Al Merreikh at the time. Elsewhere, Nigeria’s Stephen Eze is set to continue playing as his proposed move from Kano Pillars to Bulgaria’s Lokomotiv Plovdiv can happen after the CHAN as the Bulgarian Similarly, the move of Cameroon’s Frantz Prangop to MLS side Minnesota United in the ment. – BBC Sport 2018 CHAN Fixtures & Results FIXTURES WEDNESDAY, 31 JANUARY Morocco vs Libya Sudan vs Nigeria Sudan was out to cause an upset Championship tournament when nals on Wednesday at the Stade de Marrakech. The Falcons of Jediane will be gunning for another win in the knockout stages as they meet of the most powerful nations in African continental football. Chipolopolo of Zambia last Saturday, Sudan will be motivated to lock horns against Nigeria. Having started with two wins in Group A over Mauritania and Guinea, the North Africans suf- Atlas Lions of Morocco. Coach Zdravko Logarusic has a tough task ahead of him and will push his troops to go all out as they have one match to win to reach the Shifting focus to the West Africans, Nigeria are gaining momentum at the right time in the continental showpiece. Coach Salisu Yusuf is aware of the pressure from fans back home and will now want to secure a spot in the Yusuf led his troops to two wins in Group C as they defeated the Mediterranean Knights of Libya - However, they failed to open their group stage account with a Amavubi of Rwanda. Despite their lukewarm start, gutsy Palancas Negras of Angola With both sides having previ- Super Eagles enjoy an advantage of seven wins, four draws and have lost twice to the Falcons. Many will predict a walkover Nigerian side, but previous results will count for nothing on Wednesday as both sides want to book a . –

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