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NEW ERA | Wednesday, October 25 2017 DSN annual awards ceremony tomorrow Page 22 MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) ... Get to know your clubs Page 23 SPORT Page 22 Hesron Kapanga Windhoek Namibia’s sprint legend Frank Fredericks says the country’s current crop of athletes seriously lack the drive to succeed, let alone compete at international level. The four-time Olympic silver medallist said even if more money is pumped into sports, especially athletics, athletes would need to have the drive, hunger and determination to succeed, which is something he has not seen in the current cluster of athletes. Fredericks made the remarks on the sidelines of the Frank Fredericks Foundation Golf Day launch at the Omeya Golf Course on the outskirts of Windhoek. “It’s not an easy ride to be a professional athlete, and most athletes in the country quit the sport when the going gets tough,” he said, adding that some athletes would leave the sport when they are told they are not performing to the best of their abilities. “Most athletes look at my lifestyle then think it was easy, but it was tough during the lonely days as an athlete.” Fredericks said Namibians are not supportive when athletes are not doing well but if athletes want to be champions they need to turn a blind eye to what is being said and instead focus on their set goals. “If I had listened to all the critics I would have quit a long time ago without achieving the goals I set for myself,” the former sprinter said, referencing his earlier ambitions of getting his mother out of poverty, which were realised through the support of Rössing Uranium Mine that sponsored him. Fredericks said young athletes should start “taking it on the chin” and pay more attention to what they can do on the track instead of what people say they can do. “I had a drive of becoming the fastest African athlete and then I wanted to be the fastest in the world; me. I never listened to what the critics said because they never understood what I wanted to achieve.” Frediricks, who is still Namibia’s fastest athlete to date, said despite not winning an Olympic gold medal he has no regrets, but hopes the current generation of athletes can continue with that dream. “I don’t see young athletes saying Frankie never won the country an Olympic gold medal hunger I currently don’t see.” He added that when he was an athlete, there were guys more talented than him but they did not have the drive. “That is why Namibia only had one Frankie.” - Nampa Back to grindstone for BA and Tura Magic ... league action tonight Top action... In tonight’s MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL), Black Africa will face Tura Magic at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 20h00. Photo: Nampa Otniel Hembapu Windhoek After witnessing an exhilarating opening round of the MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) over the weekend, it’s again down to serious business when Katutura giants Black Africa confront Tura Magic tonight at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 20h00. The weekend’s first round of league proved to be a cut-throat affair, with most teams going all out to collect maximum points, while a few others faced the opposite as they found the going tough in the league’s 2017/18 season icebreaker. Tonight, action will be back at the Sam Nujoma Stadium when Black maximum points as they seek to maintain their perfect start. Black Africa, who are four-time league champions, enjoyed a smooth ride in the opening round as they bagged maximum points against Os- and Tsumeb-based club Chief Santos (3-0 win). Tura Magic on the other hand enjoyed a somewhat rocky start as they were held to a 2-all draw by Unam but managed to bounce back to narrowly beat Citizens 1-0. Although most players are still showing signs of rustiness and a lack and a half hiatus, the opening round was nothing short of exciting action expected to deliver the same hot blaze. Having started off on a somewhat slow note, Magic will tonight be out to prove a point and equally strive to collect maximum points, thus Black Africa should be well prepared and expect nothing short of a full confrontation with the determined ‘Magicians’. On face value, Magic have a fairly good squad of young players and a few well-experienced veteran campaigners such as Petrus Shitembi, Okeri Maekopo, Charles Hambira and Tiberius Lombard, and others, and should therefore be able to match Black Africa in some departments, especially in the engine room and defence. But having witnessed Black Africa’s goal-scoring prowess and their overall manner of taking on opponents during the opening round, the Katutura unturned tonight, as a possible victory will temporarily propel them atop of the log standings. In terms of experience, Black Africa enjoy the upper hand as players like Da Costa Angula, Emilio Martin, Dynamo Fredericks, Imms Heita, Leeroy Adam and Steven Sabatha, to mention but a few, have been there before and have what it takes to dictate the pace and direction of a match when so required.

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