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- 05/28/17--16:00: _Arsenal win FA Cup
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- 05/28/17--16:00: _Zambia's Cosafa Cas...
- 05/28/17--16:00: _Highlands Park rele...
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- 05/28/17--16:00: _Gome's Wits lift title
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- 05/28/17--16:00: _Brave Warriors' fit...
- 05/28/17--16:00: _Namibian conquers a...
- 05/28/17--16:00: _Zuma's Dubai exit plan
- 05/28/17--16:00: Omilitali otayi longitha iimaliwa oyindji noonkondo
- 05/28/17--16:00: Otjiwarongo is home for everyone
- 05/28/17--16:00: Compliance affects quota allocation
- 05/28/17--16:00: NPC commissioners appointed
- 05/28/17--16:00: Barca take Copa del Rey
- 05/28/17--16:00: Arsenal win FA Cup
- 05/28/17--16:00: Badminton: South Korea stuns China
- 05/28/17--16:00: Amajita fail at World Cup
- 05/28/17--16:00: Dortmund beat Frankfurt
- 05/28/17--16:00: Zambia's Cosafa Castle Cup record
- 05/28/17--16:00: Highlands Park relegated from PSL
- 05/28/17--16:00: Hardap league games postponed
- 05/28/17--16:00: Gome's Wits lift title
- 05/28/17--16:00: Tokyo 'too far' for Farah
- 05/28/17--16:00: Blues, Chiefs share spoils
- 05/28/17--16:00: Welwitschias win at last
- 05/28/17--16:00: Have the fans let football down?
- 05/28/17--16:00: Brave Warriors' fitness has improved
- 05/28/17--16:00: Namibian conquers at RASA awards
- 05/28/17--16:00: Zuma's Dubai exit plan
Oshiputudhilo shoka osha holola ngaaka molopota yawo yomweedhi nguka yomvula yo-2017/18 yUundemokoli kombinga yomutengekwathaneko gwelongitho lyiimaliwa yepangelo.
Omaipulo gamwe ngoka ga holoka po ngashiingeyi okombinga yopoloyeka yOmapekaapeko nOmayambulepo moshikondo shoka ndjoka ya pewa oshimaliwa shoobiliyona 6.7.
IPPR okwa kunkilile omolwa oshimaliwa shoobiliyona 10.7 shoka sha pewa iikondo iyali shEgameno naashoka shOpolisi.
Oshiputudhilo shoka sha holola omaipulo sho iikondo mbyoka iyali ya pewa oshipambu oshinene shiimaliwa yoshigwana tashi yelekwa konyala niimaliwa mbyoka ya pewa oshikondo shElongo , shoka sha pewa oobiliyona 11.98.
“Onga oshizemo shegandjo lyiimaliwa oyindji koshikondo shegameno lyaNamibia nena Namibia okuli ponomola onti-12 mokati kiilongo mbyoka hayi longitha omwaalu omunene gwiimaliwa miikondo yawo yegameno,” olopota yoIPPR ya holola.
Omushangi gwolopota ndjoka okwa holola kutya nonando elongitho lyiimaliwa yilwe otali popilwa moshikondo shoka, elongitho limwe itali popilwa.
Omaiyuvo gamwe ga hololwa molopota ndjokaa natango oongoka kutya nonando oshikondo shegameno otashi pewa iimaliwa oyindji opo aniwa shi vule okugandja oompito dhiilonga kaanyasha moNamibia, natango oshikondo shoka osho tashi pewa iimaliwa oyindji yomayambulepo.
Iimaliwa mbyoka otayi longithwa mokutunga nokuwapaleka ookamba dhaakwiita moshilongo, oshowo opoloyeka yimwe yomoopoloyeka ndjoka ya pewa oshimaliwa shoobiliyona odhindji tayi ithanwa kutya opoloyeka yomilitali yOmapekaapeko nOmayambulepo.
IPPR oya manitha kutya otaku tengenekwa kutya iimaliwa mbyoka tayi pewa oshikondo shoka otayi shuna pevi okuza poopresenda 4.8 dhiimaliwa yoshilongo okuyeleka nomvula yo-2015 okuya poopresenda 3 momvula yo-2019.
This is according to Adelheid Shilongo, Otjiwarongo' s municipal spokesperson, who said the town is working hard to score the top spot this year, after it was again voted as a finalist for this year's Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) Town of the Year 2017 competition.
She said a win for Otjiwarongo would be a win for the entire country.
“If we win, it would boost local morale and business, because everyone wants to be linked to a winning town. A win would ensure that our name would be known beyond our borders, and as such, expose Namibia to other countries.”
She said a win would also ensure that the town “will represent all of the Otjozondjupa Region and the entire country. We will carry our Namibian flag high.”
Unique in many ways
Shilongo said one of the town's most unique aspect is the fact that residents hail from all walks of life and backgrounds.
“Otjiwarongo is a home for everyone. It is multi-cultural, multi-lingual. It is very vibrant.”
She said that a walk through the town's well-kept and clean environment means “you will encounter people from all walks of life. And despite all these economic, social and cultural differences we live in perfect harmony.”
She said that as the capital city of the Otjozondjupa Region, Otjiwarongo boasts of an abundance of rich history and other noteworthy aspects.
“This charming town has extraordinary natural beauty and it is known for its peaceful character, friendliness and beautiful scenery.”
Otjiwarongo's first shop opened its doors on 1 September1906 and the strategic train station was officially opened on 2 April of the same year.
Another unique aspect and a top attraction for locals and tourists is the local crocodile farm.
“We are the only town in Namibia that is home to crocodiles with no river near-by,” she said.
In all directions
Otjiwarongo offers the ideal pit-stop where to refuel, stock up on supplies and to rest while travelling through Namibia.
The town is a recognised multi-directional gateway, not only to Namibia's densely populated north, it's riverine north-east and it's sparse, black-rhino populated north-west, but also to the country's famed Etosha National Park.
“The town itself is surrounded by a number of famous tourist attractions and numerous lodges,” Shilongo said.
Otjiwarongo is situated close to the a famous cheetah rehabilitation farm, the Cheetah Conservation Fund, as well as the Waterberg massif, a natural flat-topped mountain boasting a fertile home for a number of wildlife and various large trees and plants.
Socially, Shilongo praised the local law enforcement officials for being “very active and very dedicated to keep the town safe. We have a very active neighbourhood watch too.”
The town council and municipality are driven to ensure a thriving economy and the provision of serviced land to the inhabitants of the town is a key focus, which will ensure continued economic growth and the health and well-being of the community.
A notable achievement is the overall cleanliness of the town, a feature Otjiwarongo's CEO Ismael /Horoseb said could be attributed not only to the community itself, but to the dedication and hard work of municipal officers, including Shilongo herself.
“She emphasises the importance of a clean town at every meeting,” he said. He said the importance of a clean town, as underscored by municipal officers such as Shilongo, is that it reduces health risks and improves overall pride in the community.
“I released hake and monk quotas this week due to a push and pull situation and on humanitarian grounds. I was put under pressure due to possible layoffs faced by the industry and backpedalled.”
The minister gave assurance that come September, the Score Card System (SCS) being developed by the ministry, which is based on various criteria, would be in place.
“I am a little bit lenient and as a collective will release what we have for now. Change must come for sure. Whether information is there or not, we will use our common sense and based on the time and you applied for a right or quota, that information will be factored in to finalise the SCS.
“We will assign weights for each criterion and that will ultimately determine how much quota a company will get in this fishing sector. It is vital to take note that the cut-off date for the submissions of requested information to the ministry was in September/ October 2017 for hake and January 2018 for horse mackerel.”
Esau said the fact that he was withholding quotas was not because he was not doing well.
“I am doing well, because I am trying to ensure that the interests of the people are taken care of by the enterprises. I am not keeping quota for myself. It is your quota. The resource belongs to all Namibians.
“Those who are gossiping should stop doing so. I will still speak out even if I am no longer there. We are in the struggle for economic emancipation and I am ready to fight and die in order for everybody to come on board. ”
He said it was time for right holders to realise that “a business as usual” situation and approach would no longer be allowed. He labelled investment in the sector an essential component that would be considered during the allocation of quotas and the issuance of fishing rights.
“Investment and compliance are crucial and the ministry would not backpedal on demands for value addition and job creation. The ministry recognises right holders who make tangible investments in fisheries.
“It is part of the criteria in the Act which I am keen to enforce. Those who do not invest in the development of fisheries and comply with other criteria in terms of the Act should not expect to sustain their fishing rights or quotas.”
Esau called for understanding from workers and said government wanted to Namibianise the industry in the true sense of the word and make them owners of companies and vessels.
“Workers must come on board, organise and obtain shares in companies. They must also share in the profits and losses of companies. The means of production must be owned and include all Namibians.
“Therefore factors such as citizenship, ownership and control of vessels, procurement and investing in the industry are some of the requirements that will determine whether those who apply for a right or quota will eventually receive it.”
Esau also requested that the fishing industry redouble their efforts in terms of job creation, value addition and infrastructure development and said he was convinced that the domestication of activities could multiply the current 16 500 direct fishing jobs more than fivefold, which would greatly address poverty and income equality.
“We must go beyond the traditional way of creating fishing jobs on the decks of vessels. A 70/30 ratio for processing horse mackerel will eventually come. This means a situation will come when 70% of a 300-ton TAC for wet fish must be landed for processing and the remaining 30% can be caught as freezer quota on sea.”
The minister said he wanted to see job creation, as it had been done in the hake industry. He pointed out that of the 16 000 jobs created more than 10 000 are land based and said that was achieved via a 140 000-ton TAC only for hake.
“If we take three times this amount of quota why can't we create 30 000 new jobs? Walvis Bay and the Erongo Region must be fully employed.
“We should not only be focused on cashing in by getting and selling quotas repeatedly. We are not there for this and it must end.
“Jobs must be created along the entire value-adding chain in the fishing sector. People want Namibian hake due to its supreme quality.
“We must add value to resources and unlock the potential of jobs in the processing of raw material. We should add all value here at home and Walvis Bay must become a hub for all fishing value-chain activities,” he said.
The board will spearhead the social and economic development of the country for a three-year term.
This was announced by director-general of the NPC, Tom Alweendo.
The NPC is a constitutional body that is there to make sure that national development plans are on track and relevant.
At the briefing, Alweendo congratulated the new commissioners and encouraged them to draw inspiration from what the country has achieved so far and from the lessons learned during the development and implementation the previous national development plans.
The new commissioners are: Bisey Uirab, Ryno van der Merwe, Daniel Motinga, Jerome Mutumba, Kauna Ndilula, Charmaine Villet, Markus Kudumo, Daisry Mathias, Mandela Kapere, Anna Nghipondoka, Lucia Witbooi, Itah Kandjii-Murangi, Leon Jooste, Obeth Kandjoze, Eino Mvula, Johny Smith and Bience Gawanas.
Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Paco Alcacer scored in the first half as Barcelona won its third straight Copa and 29th all-time.
Luis Enrique capped his three-year stint with the club with his ninth title out of a possible 13.
The coach raised the Copa del Rey after Barcelona defeated Alaves 3-1 in the final on Saturday.
He celebrated by waving his winner's trophy and singing the club's anthem in front of the Barcelona fans who travelled to the final in Madrid.
"We finished the season how we wanted to finish it," Luis Enrique said.
It was the final competitive match at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon Stadium, which will be demolished to give way to a housing complex. Atletico moves into a new venue next season.
Alaves, the minnow Basque Country club promoted to Spain's top flight this season after 10 years in the lower divisions, was playing in the final of a major tournament for only the second time in its 96-year history. The other was the UEFA Cup 16 years ago, when it lost to Liverpool 5-4 in extra time.
Barcelona dominated and opened the scoring in the 30th minute with a well-placed shot by Messi from just outside the box after a pass by Neymar.
Alaves, which beat Barcelona in the Liga, equalised three minutes later with a superb free kick shot by Theo Hernandez.
But Barcelona regained control with a couple of goals just before halftime. Neymar scored after a pass by Andre Gomes in the 45th and Alcacer added to the lead from inside the area after a great slalom run by Messi three minutes into stoppage time.
Alaves almost opened the scoring when Ibai Gomez struck the post after a blunder by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique just before Messi's goal.
It was only the second title for Barcelona in a relatively disappointing season. It was eliminated by Juventus in the quarterfinals of the Champions League and lost the Spanish league title to Real Madrid in the final round last weekend. Its other title was the Spanish Super Cup.
Luis Enrique, who made the surprising announcement in March that he was leaving Barcelona so he could get some rest, never lost a Copa del Rey home-and-away series since he took over the club, a run of 12 straight triumphs ahead of the final.
Defender Javier Mascherano had to be substituted less than 10 minutes into the game with a head cut after colliding with an Alaves defender.
Barcelona played without striker Luis Suarez because of a suspension.
Before the game, five members of a radical group of Barcelona supporters were arrested after they allegedly robbed and trashed a small store in the Spanish capital.
Barcelona's victory meant Athletic Bilbao will earn the final spot from Spain in the Europa League. Athletic finished seventh in the Spanish league, outside of the automatic qualification spots, but it earned a berth because Barcelona will play in the Champions League. Alaves needed to win the Copa del Rey title to qualify.
With his defence ravaged by injury and suspension, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger handed Mertesacker, the club captain, his first appearance in the starting line-up for 392 days.
The former Germany international responded with an imperious defensive display, providing the bedrock for Arsenal to secure a stunning 2-1 win that gave them a record 13th FA Cup.
“Per Mertesacker for me is a fantastic example for any young professional football player,” Wenger said.
“What he did today is just a consequence of an unbelievable attitude every day. He was not selected in the squad until the Everton game (last weekend).
“He played his first game tonight. It was just the reward for when he was not selected, he worked even harder. That's why I would pay a special tribute to him tonight.”
A serious knee injury suffered last year led to a lengthy spell on the side-lines for Mertesacker and when he returned to fitness, he was unable to regain his place.
The 32-year-old had played only 37 minutes all season after coming off the bench in last weekend's 3-1 win against Everton.
But the absence of Laurent Koscielny, Gabriel and Shkodran Mustafi gave Wenger no option but to end Mertesacker's exile.
His previous start had come in an unremarkable 1-0 win over Norwich City in April 2016 and throwing him back into the team for such a high-stakes encounter against the Premier League champions seemed fraught with danger.
So it was against all expectations that the centre-back emerged as the towering foundation of Arsenal's Wembley triumph.
Surveying the Arsenal team-sheet before kick-off must have made encouraging viewing for Chelsea's forwards.
Mertesacker was playing alongside Nacho Monreal, a left-back playing as a centre-back, and 21-year-old Rob Holding, who was playing in his first major showpiece match.
Adding to the sense of potential disaster, the German admitted this week that the final would be the first time he had ever played in the three-man defence that has been Wenger's preferred formation in recent weeks.
Yet Wenger has been loyal to Mertesacker despite his struggles, handing the World Cup-winner a new contract earlier in the campaign.
“The manager backed me up, knowing I was going to be side-lined for more than six months,” Mertesacker said recently.
“Obviously I'm grateful so I want to make sure I try to give something back.”
Mertesacker, now a three-time FA Cup winner, repaid that faith in spades as he threw his body into the line of fire time and again to keep Chelsea at bay.
Allaying his fears that he might not be fit enough to cope with his unexpected return, Mertesacker was immense from start to finish.
In the first half alone he made a handful of crucial interceptions and won countless headers to blunt the physical presence of Chelsea striker Diego Costa.
With Arsenal clinging to the lead given to them by Alexis Sanchez's early opener, Mertesacker made a string of key second-half blocks to deny Costa.
When Costa poached Chelsea's 76th-minute equaliser, it was Mertesacker who almost got the block in before the ball deflected in off his foot.
But Aaron Ramsey's winner moments later ensured Mertesacker would complete his fairy-tale return by lifting the cup in front of Arsenal's jubilant fans.
Choi Sol-gyu and Chae Yoo-Jung were mobbed by their teammates after combining for a 21-17 21-13 victory over Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong in the mixed doubles to secure the victory, which gave the Koreans their fourth title, a first since 2003.
China had won all five titles since then and looked set for an 11th overall when Olympic and world champion Chen Long earned a convincing 21-10 21-10 victory over Jeon Hyeok-jin in the men's singles to put his country 2-1 up.
All England champions Chang Ye-na and Lee So-hee, however, wrestled the tie back to level terms after winning a topsy-turvy women's doubles rubber over teenagers Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan.
South Korea had opted to leave new men's singles world number one Son wan-ho out of the line-up for the final but Choi, who had earlier lost the men's doubles with Seo Seung-jae, and Chae delivered when it mattered.
Lu, who stands 1.91m tall, had the height advantage but Choi used his power from the back of the court to keep the shuttlecock down around the big man's ankles.
The South Koreans were always ahead of the All England and Asian champions and wrapped up the first set in 25 minutes when Huang went wide.
It was the 23-year-old's backhand that was again at fault on championship point when she could only parry into the net at the Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre.
Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan's 21-14 21-15 win over Choi and Seo started the day with world championship bronze medallist Sung Ji-hyun levelling the tie up in the women's singles rubber with a 21-12 21-16 victory over Chinese lefthander He Bingjiao.
South African football's Achilles heel – failure to score and inability to keep possession – was the team's undoing. Amajita joined Guinea as the second African team to bow out.
Coach Thabo Senong decried the country's lack of junior leagues: “Other countries have these leagues, but we only start developing players from the age of 13.”
He praised the SA Football Association (Safa), however, for the work done in supporting Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 teams at provincial tournaments.
While some have questioned Senong's credentials and fitness to lead Amajita at an international level, he believes he has paid his dues and was not thrown in the deep end.
Starting as a junior coach at Orlando Pirates, he led their development club Yebo Yes, which produced players such as Brighton Mhlongo, Michael Morton and William Twala
From there, he moved on to head Patrick Viera's South Africa-based Diambars Institute with Lebo Mothiba, who now plays successfully in France.
He then went to lead the Mamelodi Sundowns Academy in 2012. It was from there that Safa chose him to first be Shakes Mashaba's assistant at Bafana Bafana and then take on the dual role of Under-20 national coach and as Owen Da Gama's Under-23 assistant in 2015.
Aside from continental tournaments and taking Sundowns to the Norway Cup, he went to the Olympic Games in Brazil last year
Aubameyang, the Bundesliga top scorer with 31, chipped the ball straight down the middle as Frankfurt goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky dived, giving Dortmund the title at the fourth attempt after losing the previous three finals.
He has been the subject of transfer speculation linking him with a big-money move away in the summer. He finished the season with 40 goals across all competitions.
“These are wonderful moments. Moments we worked for. It wasn't easy. The team earned it,” said Dortmund president Reinhard Rauball, alluding to the difficulties players faced after the bomb attack on the team bus in April.
“It's one of the nicest days in my coaching career. I have to let it all sink in,” said Tuchel, whose side knocked out defending champion Bayern Munich in the semifinals.
“I have a contract and I want to fulfil it,” said Tuchel, whose contract runs to 2018. “It seems to me as though the outcome to the talks is open.”
Tuchel said Dortmund would not have won the title if there wasn't a good bond between him and the players.
“There has to be a trust between players and coach for you to reach your goals. That's why Frankfurt was such a tough opponent, because there's such a great bond between them.”
Ousmane Dembele got his side off to a great start in the eighth minute when he eluded Jesus Vallejo on the right and curled the ball inside the far post.
Police made an appeal to Dortmund fans not to celebrate with pyrotechnics after more were lit behind the west-end goal. The final had kicked off under a cloud of smoke after flares were lit among Dortmund fans.
Frankfurt gradually worked its way back into the game - Haris Seferovic and Ante Rebic both went close - before Rebic equalized in the 29th. Marco Fabian won the ball in midfield, played Mijat Gacinovic through, and Gacinovic squared the ball for Rebic to beat Roman Buerki in the Dortmund goal.
Dortmund was forced into two changes at the break: Christian Pulisic came on for the injured Marco Reus (right knee) and Gonzalo Castro replaced Marcel Schmelzer (left thigh).
“It might be a bit of cruciate,” Reus said of his injury after claiming his first title.
Fabian rescued Frankfurt with a goal-line clearance from Aubameyang's overhead kick off Dembele's dinked cross.
But Aubameyang, who'd had a quiet game, cheekily scored the winner midway through the second half after Hradecky brought down Pulisic to concede the spot kick.
Frankfurt brought on “football god” Alexander Meier for a defender in response but he was unable to get the side out of the jam.
“Of course you're disappointed. But I also know to value it. Losing is part of football,” said Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac, whose side finished the season empty-handed.
Dortmund's win meant Hertha Berlin qualified for the group stages of the Europa League, while Freiburg's seventh place in the Bundesliga was enough to go into the Europa League qualifiers, as Dortmund had already qualified for the Champions League and won't be using the German Cup winner's Europa League place.
They have a formidable record, having lost just seven times in 48 Cosafa Castle Cup appearances, not counting defeat in post-match penalty shootouts.
It was the annual Southern African championship that in 1999 forced Zambia to give up their 15-year unbeaten record at Lusaka's Independence Stadium when Angola surprised them in the semi-final.
The same happened again in 2001, albeit only after a post-match penalty shootout and again in the 2004 final.
Zambia's first two Castle Cup victories were achieved away from home, drawing in Windhoek with Namibia in 1997 to win the mini-league and beating Zimbabwe in Harare a year later. Their triumph in 2006 was, however, in front of their own fans in Lusaka.
In 2007 they lost on penalties to South Africa, while the South African President's XI knocked them out of the competition in the semi-finals in 2008.
The Zambians would go on to beat Madagascar 2-0 in the third-place playoff. They were finalists in 2009 in Zimbabwe, but ended up losing the decider 3-1 to their hosts, before getting revenge two years later when they defeated the Warriors 2-0 in the final.
They were surprise losers in a penalty shoot-out to eventual champions Namibia in the 2015 quarterfinals and would go on to lose the Plate final to Malawi.
Surprisingly, Zambia lost again at the quarterfinal stage in Namibia in 2016, going down on penalties to Swaziland, before again losing the Plate final to their hosts.
The country has also won two titles won in the East and Central African Senior Challenge Cup in 1984 and 1991.
Mamelodi Sundowns have secured second place on the Absa Premiership log after they drew 2-2 with Highlands Park at Makhulong Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The result sees the Lions of the North suffer direct relegation to the National First Division, as the draw (combined with a victory for Baroka FC at Ajax Cape Town) pushes them down to last place.
The first notable shot on target arrived just after the quarter hour mark, with Highlands' Franklin Cale firing an effort at goal direct from a free kick, but the ball travelled straight into the arms of goalkeeper Sundowns created half-chances for the likes of Percy Tau and Yannick Zakri within the first 30 minutes, but neither player was able to test Highlands Park keeper Tapuwa Kapini with their efforts.
With 10 minutes of the first half remaining, Sundowns claimed the lead through a superb goal from midfielder Themba Zwane, who struck a curling shot into the top corner from 20 metres out.
The Brazilians soon doubled their lead through a penalty. Zakri earned the spot kick after being tripped up by Kapini and Thabo Nthethe coolly netted in the 41st minute to see his side go 2-0 up.
Highlands pulled a goal back in the 44th minute when Seun Ledwaba burst through the defence and cleverly scored past Onyango from a tight angle, giving his side hope of a comeback in the second half.
There were good chances for both sides in the early minutes of the second half, with Sundowns hitting the woodwork and forcing Kapini into a fine save, while Highlands created an opening for Mothobi Mvala, who put his effort wide with only Onyango to beat.
Mvala had another great chance in the 84th minute, but his attempted lob over Onyango once again drifted wide of the mark in a very similar incident to his earlier attempt.
Mvala finally found the back of the net deep in injury time with a looping header, but though it secured a draw against the Tshwane giants, it was enough to save Highlands from direct relegation.
According to league chairperson Michael Situde, the postponement was necessitated by the bookings of fields in Rehoboth and Mariental for a wedding ceremony and a church service.
“The field in Mariental is booked for a wedding ceremony and the one in Rehoboth for a church service and this has prompted us to postpone the games,” Situde told Nampa on Thursday.
The community at Maltahöhe also asked that the matches be postponed because the funeral service of football legend Kleintjie Swartbooi, who passed away two weeks ago, would take place there.
The league game of Latinos Football Club (FC) from Rehoboth was postponed until further notice because the field was booked for a tournament by the Rehoboth District Football Association.
The amended fixtures, with kick-off times and venues, are as follows:
Saturday, 03 June
Black Marocco Chiefs FC vs Friends FC - 14h00
Flying Eagles FC vs Reho Madrid FC - 16h00
Maltahöhe Soccer Field:
Daweb Stars FC vs Hardap Correctional Facility FC - 12h00
White Cosmos FC vs Gochas United FC - 14h00
Sunday, 04 June
Black Marocco Chiefs FC vs Reho Madrid - 11h00
Flying Eagles vs Friends FC - 13h00
Maltahöhe Soccer Field:
Daweb Stars FC vs Gochas United FC - 13h00
White Cosmos vs Hardap Correctional Facility - 15h00
Bidvest Wits were given the championship trophy as winners of the league, though their wonderful campaign ended on something of a low note as they were beaten 1-0 by Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium in Soweto.
Nonetheless, the defeat didn't dampen the deserved celebrations for coach Gavin Hunt and his side.
With the Clever Boys having secured the title earlier in the month, the interest in this final round of matches was focused on the relegation battle.
Baroka FC came into their game against Ajax Cape Town placed at the bottom of the log, but a 1-0 win over the Urban Warriors, thanks to a goal from Letladi Madubanya, lifted them to second-last.
Instead, it was Highlands Park who finished bottom and suffered direct relegation to the second tier.
The Lions of the North held Mamelodi Sundowns 2-2 at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa (thanks to a last-gasp goal from Mothobi Mvala), but Baroka's unexpected victory did them in.
The Limpopo side's win also affected the shape of the top eight finishers (who will play in next season's MTN8), as Ajax dropped out and Golden Arrows claimed eighth place at their expense thanks to a 2-1 win over Orlando Pirates in Durban.
Another game in KwaZulu-Natal saw Maritzburg United secure seventh place with a 1-1 draw against Bloemfontein Celtic, who survived the potential threat of relegation - as did Free State Stars and Chippa United, following their goalless stalemate in Bethlehem.
Polokwane City finished a club-record sixth and finished off a fine campaign in great style as they defeated Cape Town City 4-2 at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium, while Stuart Baxter's final league game in charge of SuperSport United was a 1-0 loss against Platinum Stars.
The 2016/17 top-flight season will wrap up with the relegation/promotion playoffs featuring Baroka, Black Leopards and Stellenbosch FC, as well as the Nedbank Cup final in just under a month's time between SuperSport and Pirates.
But the 34-year-old Briton, who laid down a marker with an emphatic 5 000m victory at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, said he is unlikely to be marathon racing at the 2020 Olympics.
Asked if he expected to run in Tokyo, Farah told AFP: “I don't think I will be.”
“It's too far. I miss my family. My kids are growing up fast. I'm away six months of the year training and it makes me sad not to see them growing up.”
Nevertheless Farah said he is determined to take a serious crack at the marathon after the Worlds.
“I feel like I haven't achieved what I could achieve on the road so I want to continue on,” Farah said.
“In terms of track racing, I didn't get where I am today overnight.
“You've all seen me struggle - finish sixth, seventh, world champs, not making an Olympic final. I think road running will be a similar thing. It's going to be hard.”
In the short term, Farah's focus remains his two specialist events, the 5 000m and 10 000m.
He has yet to decide if he will attempt to run both events in London, but said Saturday's win in Eugene - in a world-leading 13min 00.70sec - had increased the likelihood of another double bid.
“It's looking good,” Farah said. “If I came away today and had finished sixth or seventh I'd have said it's questionable. But the way I feel right now, I'm happy, I'm enjoying it.”
Farah, who recently undertook a five-week training camp in Flagstaff, Arizona, said he had adapted his training regimen to suit his ageing body.
“I've just got to be a little bit more smarter,” he said. “Certain things you used to be able to get away with that I can't get away with any more. Like training back to back. I can't do that anymore.”
Farah said his performance on Saturday was intended to send a message to his closest rivals.
Although the time was a world best, it was the controlled nature of his win that caught the eye, hitting the front in the closing stages and then kicking for home down the final straight to hold off Ethiopia's Yomif Kejelcha and Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworwor.
“I've got a target on my back. I've been on the top of my game for the last five years and everyone wants to beat me,” Farah said.
“It was just a matter of telling the boys 'Look, I'm ready'. A lot of the boys talk a lot. But I don't like to do that. I just want my running to do the talking and get on with it.”
Rieko Ioane scored the Blues' only try while the Chiefs crossed through Damian McKenzie and Johnny Faauli, with this result a setback.
The rain in Auckland led to several errors from both sides in the first period but it was the Blues who had their noses in front by 13 to 8.
It was the Chiefs who hit the front first though when McKenzie slotted three points on six minutes after the Blues had failed to roll away. Blues fly-half Piers Francis did level matters six minutes later when referee Nick Bryant penalised Chiefs flank Sam Cane for no clear release.
It took until the 15th minute for the first serious attacking opportunity to come as a good break from Tawera Kerr-Barlow off the base of a scrum was not finished off by James Lowe, whose kick ahead rolled over the dead ball area. It was a positive for the Chiefs to build on though.
The Blues did miss a chance to edge in front on 17 minutes but Francis was off target. They would though turn out to be the next scorer, with Ioane picking a smart angle off Augustine Pulu off a ruck five metres out to bust the deadlock. With Francis' conversion it was 10-3.
Francis made it 13-3 a minute before the break following an offence from Cane but for the second time the Blues were sloppy at the restart and the Chiefs made them pay. This time it was McKenzie who went through a gap before showing pace to the corner for an unconverted try.
Coming out for the second period the rain continued to fall and errors followed suit as both sides struggled to handle the slippery ball.
Francis though was unfazed off the tee and when Nepo Laulala played Pulu at the base he stepped up to move his side 16-8 in front.
Cruden did cancel that out 11 minutes later following a scrum penalty and Blues boss Tana Umaga promptly made changes up front.
Substitutions were prominent just after the hour mark as the Blues in particular looked for fresh legs to avoid any effects of their long flight back from South Africa. It didn't appear to improve their issues at the scrum though as the strong Chiefs continued to dominate in that area.
It was from broken field though that the Chiefs hauled themselves back level at 16-16 as a breakout from James Lowe led to McKenzie's flat wide kick finding Faauli for a run-in on the right wing. Cruden couldn't add the touchline extras so there was 11 minutes to find a winner.
Francis had that chance off the tee on 73 minutes but was wide of the posts and despite a frantic finish in heavy rain, neither side could press in the opposition red zone sufficiently to pick up the four points as they were forced to settle for a draw that suits neither outfit.
Try: Rieko Ioane
Conversion: Piers Francis
Penalties: Piers Francis (3)
Tries: Damian McKenzie, Jonathan Faauli
Penalties: Damian McKenzie, Aaron Cruden
15 Michael Collins,, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 George Moala, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Ofa Tu'ungafasi
Substitutes: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Stephen Perofeta, 23 TJ Faiane
15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames
Substitutes: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Solomon Alaimalo 23 Shaun Stevenson.
The game started off well for the home team as they were points ahead in the first half of a well-contested game.
However, the Falcons came back strongly in the second half of the game with a tremendous display of rugby.
The home team showed their mettle after keeping the South African team at bay in the last half of the match.
Namibian coach Lyn Jones said he was happy with the way the game turned out after such a difficult round.
“The boys were fantastic today and that is why I am so happy with what transpired in a game we had to win.
“I hope that the boys will keep their momentum going in the next matches we have to play,” Jones said.
Captain Eugene Jantjies proved why he is one of the best in the country by putting up a great performance against the South Africans.
Gino Wilson scored two tries, while Lesley Klim, David Philander, JC Greyling and Victor Roderique each had one try to their name.
Theuns Kotze converted six of the tries and a penalty to give the Namibian team a precious win on home soil.
Winger Gino Wilson put up a great performance which earned him the man of the match award after the game.
“I am very happy with the performance today because it was a team effort and not of an individual,” Wilson said.
Valke captain JP Mostert admitted that it was a difficult game for the away side given that the home team needed the victory more.
“It was a very tough game for us because the Welwitschias really wanted the victory.
“I think we had a good second half and we were just unlucky that we could not capitalise on our second-half form.
“We will assess our mistakes and try to pull up our socks going forward,” Mostert said.
The last time the two teams met in South Africa, Valke came out victorious with a 50-33 victory over the Namibian team.
JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA
This has triggered me to write about the love we have for our own football compared to what we feel for other countries' football.
I have been observing closely what many Namibians have to say on social media and which international teams they follow.
I must also say that this season has been the exception, in that most of our local fans have shifted their focus to supporting other leagues beyond our borders because the Namibia Premier League has been idle.
However, what has me so worried is the fact that many Namibians know more about European players than their very own home-grown players.
What has me worried is that the emerging generation knows more about the history of foreign clubs than our own.
This has been going on for some time now and I do believe that it will worsen if nothing is done about it.
About two years ago, I was sitting with a group of friends when Manchester United and Chelsea were playing in the English Premier League.
At the same, our local premier league was also on in Windhoek and I asked my friends to join me for the local league games.
They opted to stay and watch the European league games on television rather than going to the Sam Nujoma Stadium where the NPL games were taking place.
Even after the game, many Namibians opened up a debate about the Manchester game.
It was as if there was no local football taking place on the weekend as many had turned a blind eye on it.
The other worrying thing is that our local fans prefer to wear branded jerseys of teams outside Namibia, while local kits are available in shops.
I am not saying that all Namibians that have been doing this, but I can say a majority of them have taken that step.
This has also made me question whether local football fans have chosen other countries' football over our own.
I know some might say that the quality of local football has been appalling and that is why they have chosen to support other football nations.
I know some may say that the administration of the game has been so poor and that has driven them to support other teams than our own.
The truth is that this is our country and it does not justify supporting other teams, while our own is heading south.
As Namibians, I do believe that it is about time that we start taking the blame for some of the things that have gone wrong.
Football came to a standstill because sponsors have been afraid to invest in the game.
And do you know why? Because they realised that many of the premier league games do not attract large crowds.
Therefore, they felt that their companies would not get enough advertising mileage from a sponsorship deal.
This is all because many fans stay away from local matches and would rather watch an English Premier League match on TV.
I do believe that if our football league ever resumes, we as Namibians must take ownership of what belongs to us.
I am not saying we should forget about Arsenal and Chelsea, but I feel it will be just fair to take ownership of our local football.
Stop wearing Brazil and France national team jerseys when going to watch the Brave Warriors play.
Start taking an interest in the players that play for the national team.
It does not make sense that as a Namibian you are able to name the South African national team players, but you do not know even one of your own national team players.
This is our land, this is our football and this is the only country we have.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday following a training session at the Namibia Football Association (NFA) technical centre, Botha expressed confidence that come 10 June, when they play their first Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea-Bissau, the players will be ready to compete.
“The guys have really opened up to what I have introduced to them. I am integrating physical condition with skill and tactical training. They have been giving 100 percent at the sessions,” he said.
He added that the players are showing a lot of improvement because of their commitment.
“We obviously need to test them on real game situations, but I see they are now comfortable in their movements,” Botha added.
He noted that one or two months is not enough to work on condition and fitness, but expressed confidence in the programme the Brave Warriors are currently using to improve their conditioning.
He hailed the players' willingness to learn and improve, saying with this attitude they are definitely on the right track.
He has worked in the industry for the past six years in the various private practices.
Speaking to the NFA recently, Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti explained that the addition of Botha to the team was important for the technical team to concentrate on the tactical part of training.
“He joins us three times a week and he is adding value. He knows a lot in terms of player conditioning, muscle building and strengthening and that can help to bring our players to the competitive level we require,” Mannetti said.
Former Namibian Sun sport journalist Kaino Nghitongo was named sport journalist of the year at the newly introduced AUSC Region 5 Regional Annual Sports Awards (RASA).
She had won the sport journalist of the year award at the Namibian Sports Awards last year.
That led to her nomination for the RASA awards, which took place in South Africa over the weekend.
Her well-articulated articles and columns earned her the award.
Nghitongo has worked for several media organisations, including the Windhoek Observer, Namibia Press Agency and finally at the Namibian Sun.
This year, the talented writer decided to end her journalism career and went into public relations.
She was one of very few female sport journalists the country has had over the years.
An emotional Nghitongo posted on Instagram and Facebook after winning the award.
“I didn't want to pay for my flight ticket because I thought I wouldn't win.
“You spoke in me and said my child, go and get your award and my will is done,” the post reads.
Nghitongo said she was confident that the award would be hers as soon as she arrived in South Africa, after having had a successful year in the media industry.
“I came and remained confident that yes the award is mine... Here your will Lord.
“I am speechless but my mouth is full of praises to you Lord. Dear family, friends and my male sport colleagues thanks for all the support.”
She urged all other female sports journalist in the print media to follow in her footsteps.
“My dear female sports journalist, it's time for females to take over sports journalism, especially in print.
“To all those who made sure they read Sport Wrap and all my stories... I thank you all. To the great team at Namibian Sun... This is for you.”
Nghitongo was nominated alongside South African Thabiso Sithole and Henry Mhara of Zimbabwe.
The sportsperson of the year award went to South Africa’s 200m and 400m sprinter Wayde van Niekerk.
The AUSC Region 5 Regional Annual Sport Awards (RASA) are part of a regional rewards programme aimed at providing a unique opportunity for the region to motivate member states, sports confederations, team’s sports and individual athletes by recognising and celebrating meritorious service and outstanding achievements in sport.
The emails, obtained by City Press, also reveal how the Guptas seduced many senior government role players in their bid to capture departments and state-owned entities.
One of the most astonishing emails is from Gupta-owned Sahara Computers' chief executive officer (CEO), Ashu Chawla, to Zuma's son Duduzane.
It contains a draft letter from the president to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and shows how close Zuma is to the Guptas.
In the letter, Zuma writes: “I fondly remember our meeting in the UAE [United Arab Emirates] and the gracious hospitality and warmth extended to me during my visit. It is with this sentiment that I am happy to inform you that my family has decided to make the UAE a second home. It will be a great honour for me and my family to gain your patronage during our proposed residency in the UAE.”
On Saturday, Zuma strongly denied any plans to leave the country, saying through his spokesperson Bongani Nqulunga: “I have my home in Nkandla and I have no intention of living anywhere else. When I retire I will go home to Nkandla. This is a pure fabrication. Duduzane has never spoken to me about living in any other country. He has never shown me any letter. It's shocking in the extreme. It's absolute mischief aimed at sowing confusion”.
The emails also show how the Guptas seduced Cabinet ministers and CEOs of state-owned companies with opulent hotel stays and chauffeur-driven trips in luxury cars to their home in the exclusive Dubai suburb of Emirates Hills, where they bought a R445m mansion.
One was Eskom executive Matshela Koko, whom they flew to Dubai in January last year, putting him up at the posh Oberoi Hotel. Others included Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, new Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo, Denel chairperson Dan Mantsha, businessman and arms deal protagonist Fana Hlongwane, Duduzane Zuma and two of Free State Premier Ace Magashule's sons, Thato and Tshepiso.
The Gupta's grip
The emails are the latest indication of the grip that the Guptas have on the South African government and state-owned entities. They come in the week in which the SA Council of Churches and a collective of academics from top South African universities released reports showing the extent of state capture in South Africa. They come as pressure mounts on Zuma, inside and outside the ANC, in relation to his close association with the Guptas.
For Koko's trip in 2016, an email, from employee Reya Pomar, confirms Koko's reservation and the arrangement of transfers to the hotel from the airport. He also asks for billing instructions.
Chawla responds: “Sahara will pay the entire bill. Please do not ask any credit card guarantee from the guest at the time of check-in”. The hotel concierge informs Chawla: “Please note the chauffeur details mentioned below for the drop towards Emirates Hill (sic).”
At the time, Koko was Eskom's group executive for power generation and the Guptas were busy buying the Optimum Coal Mine from Glencore.
The Oberoi Hotel was a favourite of the Guptas, and Duduzane Zuma also stayed there the month before Koko arrived.
The email trail also shows that, on the day Chawla booked Koko's trip to Dubai, he also made Mantsha's travel arrangements. An email shows that Mantsha, who swiftly axed Denel CEO Riaz Saloojee and replaced him before engineering the joint venture between Denel and Gupta-owned company VR Laser Asia, was booked to arrive by chauffeur from the Oberoi at the Guptas' mansion at 07:00.