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New Era Newspaper Wednesday May 9, 2018

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22 Wednesday 9 May 2018 NEW ERA SPORT Registration opens for annual Osadoo tourney •Clemans Miyanicwe KAMANJAB – The organisers of the Original Sons and Daughters of Okombahe (Osadoo), a nonprofit community organisation, are inviting teams from all over the country to register for the Osadoo mid-year tournament that will be held on June 30 to July 1 at Omaruru’s Mabokke Stadium. The sum of N,000 is set aside for prize monies. Lucky Gaweseb, one of the organisers of the tournament, says only sixteen teams will be allowed to register until June 25, which will be done on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Gaweseb informed New Era that due to the limitations of playing fields and lack of floodlights at Okombahe, Osadoo was moved to Omaruru after two years of being held there. “We want to raise funds for the Okombahe elders’ annual Christmas and other donations for winter season events such as the winter soup kitchen and winter clothing drive,” Gaweseb said of the main reason for the mid-year tournament. Funds from the tournament are used for prize monies and logistics. Funds will also be raised through the sale of T-shirts, CDs, food and drinks at the stadium. Osadoo was started in 2016 with the aim of assisting vulnerable community members, including the elderly and the underprivileged from the settlement of Okombahe, and according to Gaweseb membership is made up of the youths and elderly from Okombahe living outside the village as well as those who still reside there. The organisation aims to unite the community of Okombahe, especially during the festive season, through sports activities, and members also raise funds through sponsorships and own contributions to host the annual Christmas lunch and give out gift parcels. Last year the mid-year tournament was won by Riverside Football Club from Okombahe while Omaruru’s Arsenal FC was the runner-up after being nailed 2-0. In future the tournament will be held in other towns in Erongo Region depending on support from football teams and financial injections from sponsors, while in December netball will be introduced. Registration is N,500, and winners will walk away with N,000, gold medals, a floating trophy and twenty Osadoo T-shirts while the second runner-up will score N,000, silver medals and twenty Osadoo T-shirts. The semifinalists will each receive N,500. The champs… Defending champions Riverside FC from Okombahe Photo: Contributed For further information on the tournament contact Lucky Gaweseb on 0817220255 or Amingo Honeb on 0812545970. Annual #Nosob tournament held at Omitara Winners… Dolam Pirates from Windhoek were crowned as winners of the annual #Nosob tourney after beating Kom Haal Hulle 1-0 in the final in Omitara. - Photo: Contributed REHOBOTH – The annual L a m p r e c h t # N o s o b tournament played over the weekend in Omitara in the Omaheke Region was a huge success, according to tournament organiser Absalom Kuti |Hoxobeb. The tournament was sponsored by Marina Lamprecht, a commercial farmer from the Omitara area, in an amount of N,000. In a statement availed to Nampa on Monday, the tournament organiser Absalom Kuti |Hoxobeb said the tournament created an opportunity for village teams to compete on bigger platforms and get a chance to play against top players from the Namibia Premier League (NPL). “The tournament is open for any team, and rural players get the chance to prove themselves against players who play in the organised football structures of the country and possibly get seen by scouts of those teams,” |Hoxobeb said. |Hoxobeb said people from Omitara and the surrounding areas make use of this opportunity to generate income by, amongst others, selling traditional food. The tournament was won by Dolam Pirates from Windhoek after they defeated Cattle Country Second Division campaigners Kom Haal Hulle from Leonardville 1-0 in the final. En route to the final Dolam Pirates defeated Cattle Country Second Division champions and tournament favourites Tura Cosmos from Omitira 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the first semifinal, while former defending champions Kom Haal Hulle defeated their counterparts Matatha from Gobabis 1-0 in the second semi-final to progress to the final. Dolam Pirates walked away with N,000 and a floating trophy along with 20 gold medals, while the runnersup received N,000 and 20 silver medals. The semi-final losers each walked away with N,000. “As the organisers of the tournament we would like to express our profound gratitude to the sponsors and plead with other businesses to be part of the event in order for it to grow,” |Hoxobeb remarked, adding that they have resolved to add a charity drive to the tournament, which will, among other innitiatives, feed the elderly of the community. – Nampa Factions haunt Oshana football leadership ONGWEDIVA – A faction of football managers led by Phillip Dala has been attempting to dethrone the Oshana regional football executive committee (exco) under Beatus Nandago as the chairperson since last month. This follows a consultative meeting held at the Oshakati Senior Secondary School on 21 April 2018, and managers from 10 of the 12 affiliated clubs reportedly attended. The clubs are Foxy Senior, Poison Arrows, Oshakati United, Young Brave, African United, Oshakati City, Khuse, Onelago United, Pescanova and Vietnam Rangers. Dala told Nampa recently he was elected during that meeting to serve as chairperson of an interim Oshana regional football executive committee after participants in the said meeting decided to overthrow the Nandago-led exco. A letter issued on 23 April and addressed to Nandago, which is in possession of Nampa, referred to Andreas Amesho (vice-chairperson), Gabriel Linus (treasurer), Petrus Hauwanga (member), Ibrahim Ibrahim (member), Simeon Nghitumu (member) and Vilho Kalimba (member) as members of the interim exco. “You (Nandago) and the executive members failed to attend the meeting, which was asked by the clubs, without any reason,” read the letter. It further stated that Nandago and his exco were given notification in writing to attend the meeting, and participants deemed the Nandago-led exco has no sense of concern with club issues and deserve a removal. Dala said the consultative meeting had three agenda items: feedback on the regional chairpersons meeting held during this year’s The Namibian Newspaper Cup in the Zambezi Region; the financial report of Oshana Football League; and the upcoming Namibia Football Association presidential election. “His (Nandago) absence at the meeting without a valid excuse has left us without an alternative than just to call for him and his exco to leave the office,” Dala narrated. Approached for comment, Nandago described the consultative meeting as invalid and an unconstitutional platform. Nandago pointed out that Dala and all who convened the said meeting have no mandate from the clubs affiliated to the Oshana football league to come together to discuss regional football affairs. “We remain the legitimate exco to administer football in our region and appeal to our affiliates not to be associated with elements which are attempting to confuse our members for reasons only known to them,” Nandago stated. - Nampa

Wednesday 9 May 2018 NEW ERA SPORT 23 elegated Young Chiefs calls for ivine intervention •Kefas Shipi Elago OSHAKATI – The country’s northern football fraternity suffered a massive blow following the relegation of Young Chiefs FC from Namibia’s top-tier league, MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL), last weekend. The situation has prompted former Brave Warriors striker and current Young Chiefs mentor Fillemon Cascas Angula to plea with football stakeholders in that neck of the wood to put aside unwanted football politics and focus on strengthening football in that area. Angula believes that there is abundant talent scattered around in the northern part of the country, but such talent remains untapped due to ongoing infightings that exist in the vast Oshana , Omusati ,Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions. “I have been talking about this issue for quite a long time now that local teams within the northern area and local stakeholders should throw their weight behind any northern team that is promoted to the Premier League, but we still encounter problems of teams refusing to allow their players to Young Chiefs due to traditional football rivalries that still do exist,” said a disgruntled Angula. He further cautioned that the northern community should learn from the ordeal of Oshakati City FC, a club that was once a power house in this northern part of the country, but football politics and infightings contributed to the club’s demise and has since never made a return to top-tier football. “Football is in a critical condition here in the north and I would like to urge former footballers, the business community, current players, team managers and sport officers to come together and help map out the way forward for football in the north,” pleaded Angula. However, a section of supporters believe Young Chiefs managerial crisis is the cradle for their downfall and that they should hold themselves accountable for causing havoc among players and coaching staff, as that led to their relegation from the Premier League. Back to the drawing board… Young Chiefs’ relegation from the country’s flagship football league, the MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL), has the northern football fraternity in worry.-Photo: Young Chiefs/Facebook GFN hosts African Champs at The Dome Other sponsors and stakeholders include The Dome, Swakopmund, Paratus Telecom and Namibian Breweries. •Staff Reporter SWAKOPMUND - The Gymnastics Federation of Namibia (GFN) is hosting the 14th African Championships for women and men’s Artistic Gymnastics at The Dome in Swakopmund, which started this week. “It is such a privilege that the gymnasts community of Africa has entrusted Namibia to organise and host this event,” said GFN spokesperson Britt Adonis. Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Angola, South Africa and hosts Namibia have confirmed their participation at the coastal town’s multifunctional sports complex from May 6-13. The much-coveted continental crowns will be contested between Africa’s best junior and senior gymnasts in both team and individual competitions. The event, which runs under the auspices of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) as well as the African Union of Gymnastics (UAG), will further serve as the official African qualification tournament for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in Argentina later this year. All officials judging at the championships are accredited with the worldgoverning body, g i v i n g i t a n international flair. “The Namibian Federation is very fortunate to have the worldclass facilities of The Dome at its disposal for this event. All c o m p e t i t i o n s will take place at these facilities and it is sure to be an exhilarating event,” Adonis underlined. D a v e H a m m o n d , Marketing Manager of The Dome stated: “We look forward to welcoming Africa’s gymnastic elite to our building. We are confident, that this will be a great tournament not only for Namibia, but the entire African continent.” Gymnastics Namibia received a generous sponsorship from a Chinese company Tiashan ahead of the tournament. The gymnastics manufacturer is providing two full sets of FIG-approved equipment, without which the event would not have been possible.

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