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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    De Bruyne is my Man City blueprint – GuardiolaDe Bruyne is my Man City blueprint – GuardiolaCity are unstoppable Manchester City comfortably beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 on Saturday. Pep Guardiola said Kevin De Bruyne incarnated Manchester City's future after the Belgian's sublime display inspired his side to an emphatic victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

    De Bruyne smashed in City's second goal on Saturday and had a hand in their third, scored by Raheem Sterling, who went on to complete a brace as City registered a record-extending 16th successive Premier League win.

    De Bruyne's hurtful passing repeatedly tore holes in the Spurs defence and Guardiola said that ability on the ball, allied to his exemplary work-rate, made him a figurehead for the club's young players.

    “Kevin is one of the most talented players and you see how he runs without the ball,” said the City manager.

    “You cannot imagine how good he plays with the ball, but he runs like a player in the Conference (semi-professional) league.

    “It's a good example for the young players, for our academy, for Phil Foden, for Brahim (Diaz). They know how good Kevin De Bruyne is. And when they see how he runs and he fights without the ball that is the best example.

    “He helps us to be a better club, a better institution for the future, because that is what we want to do. His performance today, I have no words.”

    The one-sided win at a misty Etihad Stadium gave City a provisional 14-point lead at the top of the table, ahead of second-place Manchester United's trip to West Bromwich Albion yesterday.

    Guardiola has matched his best winning run with Barcelona from their all-conquering 2010-11 season and stands three wins short of his own record for Europe's five major leagues, which he set at Bayern Munich in 2013-14.

    “Of course I'm proud,” said Guardiola. I don't want to be humble right now. I'm proud with my staff to achieve that with three teams, every day being there. We work a lot and the players know that.

    “And of course that's happened because I was with three amazing clubs: Barcelona, Bayern Munich and this one. All three clubs supported me, all the decisions we believe in and they provide me with outstanding players.

    “Without good players and the club supporting your ideas, it's impossible to achieve this kind of thing.”

    Ilkay Gundogan put City ahead in the 14th minute, ghosting in unmarked to head Leroy Sane's corner past Hugo Lloris.

    After Spurs rallied in the second half, De Bruyne carried the game beyond them, rifling home a left-foot shot in the 70th minute and sparking the move that culminated in Sane teeing up Sterling for a tap-in.

    Sterling added another, smuggling his way past Lloris and walking the ball in, before Christian Eriksen claimed a stoppage-time consolation.

    De Bruyne's goal, his seventh of the season occurred moments after he had been left in a heap by an ugly ankle-high challenge from Dele Alli, who escaped with only a booking.

    Harry Kane, too, was shown only a yellow card for an untidy foul on Sterling, but although Guardiola felt both tackles were “dangerous”, he refused to criticise referee Craig Pawson.

    Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was reluctant to discuss the hot-headed Alli and instead urged his team to take inspiration from City's display.

    “Look, I'm not going to talk about individual names today because it's not fair,” said the Argentinean, whose team slipped from fourth to seventh.

    “The most important thing is our collective performance wasn't how we expect and I think we were poor. Not only poor, the way we conceded the first goal was a massive mistake for us.

    “When you play against teams like Manchester City, if you concede a goal like this after 15 minutes, come on. We can't assess individual performances.

    “We need to learn from this situation. Today was a very good example of a team that believe, that have quality and is in very good form. They deserved the victory completely.”

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 12/17/17--14:00: Serena hints at early return
  • Serena hints at early returnSerena hints at early return American Serena Williams dropped a large hint that she could soon be back on court competing when she posted an Instagram photo of a pair of dazzling gold and white tennis shoes.

    Williams, who won her 23rd grand slam singles title at last year's Australian Open before taking time out to have her first child, has entered next month's tournament in Melbourne.

    “Be excited. Be very excited” the 36-year-old said in the post which attracted 135 000 likes in the space of an hour.

    Williams gave birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr in September and was married to Alexis Ohanian last month.

    Few female players have won grand slams after taking a break to start a family, although Kim Clijsters won the 2009 US Open in her third tournament back after having a daughter.

    Australians Evonne Goolagong and Margaret Court also managed it. Court's 24 grand slam singles titles remains a record although only 11 of them were in the professional era.

    SUPERSPORT

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    McGregor wants MMA fight nextMcGregor wants MMA fight next Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor, touted as a potential opponent for Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, has indicated he wants his next bout to be a return to the octagon rather than the ring.

    Caught on video by the celebrity news site while out and about in New York, McGregor was asked about Pacquiao's announcement last week that he had opened talks to fight McGregor.

    “I think a true fight is what I want to do next,” McGregor says in the video posted online on Saturday.

    Ireland's McGregor hasn't fought in mixed martial arts or boxing since losing a boxing bout to unbeaten Floyd Mayweather by a 10th-round technical knockout in their much-hyped bout in Las Vegas in August.

    Showtime sports released final figures on Friday showing the cross-combat super fight drew the second-most North American pay-per-view buys in history with 4.3 million.

    Only one other fight, Mayweather's 2015 clash with Pacquiao has ever drawn more, racking up 4.6 million pay-per-view buys.

    Showtime said in a statement that global revenues, including ticket sales, sponsorship and international distribution, for Mayweather-McGregor had exceeded $600 million.

    NAMPA / AFP

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  • 12/17/17--14:00: ANC's moment of truth
  • ANC's moment of truthANC's moment of truthParty wrestles over choice of new leader Some analysts say the ANC could split after the contentious leadership battle. Thousands of delegates from South Africa's ruling ANC party hunkered down yesterday to choose their next leader in a vote widely seen as a decisive moment in the country's post-apartheid history.

    The front-runners in the tight race are former minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is President Jacob Zuma's ex-wife, and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, a wealthy businessman.

    With public support for the ANC falling sharply, the party could face a struggle to retain its grip on power in the 2019 general election after ruling since Nelson Mandela won the first multi-racial elections in 1994.

    Delegates started to vote for the new leader yesterday, with the five-day conference due to end on Wednesday.

    President Zuma, whose reign has been marred by graft scandals, will step down as ANC chief at the meeting, but he will remain as head of state ahead of general elections in 2019.

    He used his conference speech on Saturday to appeal for unity in a party riven by bitter factions under his rule.

    He blamed the decline in the ANC's popularity on “perceptions in society that we are soft on corruption, self-serving and arrogant”.

    “Petty squabbling that takes us nowhere needs to take a back seat,” he said.

    “Our people are frustrated when we spend more time fighting among ourselves instead of solving the daily challenges they experience.”

    The ANC candidates had agreed “to abide by the outcome of the conference. I want each of them to bear that in mind,” he added.

    Zuma's speech was greeted with weak applause and a partial standing ovation after raucous party delegates had danced and sang songs in support of their chosen candidate to succeed him.

    He is seen as supporting Dlamini-Zuma, who may protect him from prosecution over graft charges.

    Some analysts say the party could split after the contentious leadership battle.

    The ANC is still South Africa's biggest party by far, but the 54 percent it won in local elections last year was its worst poll result since 1994.

    Opposition parties the Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters are hoping to exploit the ANC's woes in the 2019 election, with one possible outcome being a coalition government.

    Soaring unemployment and state corruption have fuelled frustration at the ANC among millions of poor black South Africans who face dire housing, inadequate education and continuing racial inequality.

    The conference, held outside Johannesburg, started seven hours late on Saturday after disputes over which delegates are qualified to vote.

    Dlamini-Zuma, 68, headed the African Union commission until earlier this year and is a former interior, foreign affairs and health minister.

    But her critics say she would pursue Zuma's failing economic and political policies.

    The couple had four children together before divorcing in 1998.

    Ramaphosa, 65, a former trade union leader, led the historic negotiations in the 1990s to end apartheid before launching a business career that made him one of the country's wealthiest men.

    He is often accused of failing to confront Zuma while serving as his deputy since 2014.

    His chances received a boost when parliament speaker Baleka Mbete backed him to be the leader in an eleventh hour intervention.

    “We publicly endorse Cyril... and we agree on how to approach the issue of maximising unity,” she said outside the conference hall late on Saturday.

    Ben Payton, an analyst at the global risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft, said Ramaphosa was well-positioned for victory but Dlamini-Zuma “remains within touching distance of an upset win”.

    “The conference provides an opportunity for the party to change direction after eight years in which the economy has flatlined, increasingly extreme rhetoric has scared off investors, and corruption has overwhelmed public finances,” he said.



    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 12/17/17--14:00: Mwoombola a zi mokalungu
  • Mwoombola a zi mokalunguMwoombola a zi mokalunguHaufiku a lundililwa uulingilingi Amushanga nale moshikondo shuundjolowele woshigwana okwa popi kutya omananathano nokwaahauvathana hoka kwa kala pokati ke nomuhona gwe nale, okwa hwahwamekwa konkalo yokutinda omalombwelo gokulonga iilonga yuulingilingi okuza komukomeho gwe miilonga. OMUTOOLINKUNDANA GWOMENI

    Amushanga nale gwUuministeli wUundjolowele okwa undile Ominista Bernhard Haufiku kutya otayi gama ombinga nomahangano gamwe po opo gapewe ootendela kuuministeli, itaku alndulwa omilandu.

    Andreas Mwoombola okwa popi kutya omuhona gwe nale ota longo uulingilingi mokugandja ootendela komahangano gamwe.

    Mwoombola okwa lundululilwa kOmbelewa yOmuprima oshiwike sha piti, sha landula omananathano gawo miilonga ngoka geli pokati ka naHaufiku, nomananathano ngoka gopaumwene oga etitha omukundu muuministeli ngele tashi ya kegandjo lyomayakulo kaayakulwa yepangelo.

    Mwoombola, ngoka a kala a mwena konima nkene oshikumungu shoka she ya polweela moshigwana okwa popi kutya Haufiku ote mu lundile nokunyateka edhina lye.

    Okwa popi kutya minista okwa kala nokukaleka ootendela dhoka dha li nale miilonga okupitila momatumwalaka gokoWhatsApp pwaahena omatompelo gasha, kutya omolwashike ta kutha oonkondo ootendela ndhoka.

    Aniwa okwe mu pe woo omalombwelo opo ku gandjwe ootendela komahangano gamwe po inaku landulwa omilandu, nokupogola ompango yoPublic Procurement Act No.15 yomo 2015.

    Okwa tsikile kutya okwa kala nokutinda omalombwelo ngoka poompito dha yooloka naashoka osho sha etitha omananathano gawo miilonga, nuutondwe okuza kuHaufiku.

    Haufiku okwa tindi okuyamukula komalundilo gaMwoombola ta popi kutya oshikumungu shoka otashi ungaungiwa nasho kOmbelewa yOmuprima.



    Mwoombola natango okwa tsikile kutya omuhona gwe okwa kala nokumugandagula nokomeho yaaniilonga pamwe naye nokumwiihumbatela momukalo gwaana esimaneko.

    “Minista okwa kala ha gandagulandje komeho yaalelwa yandje. Okwa toto po omuthigululwakalo gwokugandagulandje nomukalo ngoka kagu li mondjila.”

    Okwa tsikile kutya onkambadhla dha ningwa komupeha minista , Juliet Kavetuna opo kweetwepo ombili pokati kawo inadhi pondola sha na odha hulile muunyengwi.

    “Okwa ningwa omutumba momasiku 15 gaMei mo 2017 ihe omutumba ngoka inagu e ta iiyimati iiwanawa molwaashoka omusimanekwa ina hala okukandulapo uupyakadhi mboka pauyuuki nopaumwene. Pehala okwa ningilendje omatilitho gokutidha ndje muuministeli ngele inandi ikutha miilonga, shoka nda tindi okuninga.”

    Mwoombola okwali a kuthwa miilonga pakathimbo muJuli omolwa omakonaakono giipotha yuulingilingi ga ningwa, na okwa shunwa miilonga konima yomwedhi gumwe ihe amushanga gwokabinete George Simataa okwa koleke kutya omakonaakono ngoka otaga tsikile.

    Haufiku monakuziwa okwa li a popi kutya okwa gandja omaumbangi miipotha mbyoka tayi tamanekelwa Mwoombola, kOkakomisi kOkukondjitha Uulingilingi ihe inashi yela natango ngele omakonaakono oga manithwa tuu kokakomisi hoka.

    Mwoombola okwa popi kutya Haufiku oye a li e mu kongo opo a wayimine uuministeli mboka mo 2015, na okwa thigi po iilonga ye hayi futu nawa mehangano lyopaumwene.

    “ Omalalakano gandje oga li gokugandja omayakulo guundjolowele gongushu na otaga vulika kukehe gumwe moNamibia. Onda kala ndi na omukumo miilonga yandje moshikondo shoka ndi na ontseyo musho.”

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    Osasiyona yoonkondo dholusheno tayi tungwa mOlindiliOsasiyona yoonkondo dholusheno tayi tungwa mOlindili Omahangano lyoUnited Africa Group, Quantam Power oshowo NamPower oshiwike sha piti oga shaina etsokumwe lyuule woomvula 25, ndyoka tali ka utha etungo lyopoloyeka yoonkondo dholusheno yoomegawatt 44 popepi nondoolopa yaLindili.

    Oonkundathana odha tamekele mo 2007, pahapu dhomukomeho gwoUAG, Haddis Tilahun.

    “Oshe tu kutha uule woomvula 10 opo tu kundathane. Mo 2008 onda tameke oonkundathana ndhoka dha tameke mo 20017. Mo 2011 otwa adha etsokumwe. Onda nyanyukwa.”

    Onga oshitopolwa shetsokumwe, gumwe gwomomahangano ngoka okwa pumbwa okutula poshitaafula oshititatu shongushu yopoloyeka ndjoka.

    “Gumwe gwomutse okwa pumbwa okutula poshitaafula oomiliyona 450, opo dhi vule okukwatela komeho opoloyeka ndjoka. Onda longitha iimaliwa yandje mbyoka nda pungula noQuantama oya longitha woo iimaliwa yawo yene yomapungulo.”

    “Opoloyeka yoDiaz otayi ka kala yimwe yomoopoloyeka dhopamuthika. Otwa tegelela yi longe uule woomvula 25. Oshitopolwa shotango shoonkondo dholusheno dhoMW 44, otashi ka gandja olusheno komagumbo 100 000.”

    Omunangeshefa ngoka okwa popi kutya opoloyeka ndjoka otayi ke ya kutha uule woomwedhi 16 oku yi tunga. Oopresenda 30 nenge oomiliyona 440 otashi ka gandjwa kehangano lyoQuantam oshowo United Africa, omanga iihupe tayi ka gandjwa kaagandji yiiyemo yopaumwene mwakwatelwa oDevelopment Bank of Namibia.

    Okwa tsikile kutya opoloyeka ndjoka itayi ka pula elongitho lyiimaliwa okuza kehangano lyoNamPower kakele otaya ka mona omukuli okuza koDBN.

    Tilahun okwa hiya aagandji yiiyemo moshikondo shopaumwene opo ya kuthe ombinga megandjo lyiiyemo kopoloyeka ndjoka, ta popi kutya oshizemo shepungulo ndyoka otashi kala pauyuuki.

    Opoloyeka ndjoka okwa tegelelwa yi ka gandje oompito dhiilonga kaantu ye li po 300, naaniilonga 100 okwa tegelelwa ya kakale taya kwatele komeho osasiyona ndjoka yoonkondo dholusheno.

    Onga oshitopolwa shetsokumwe oosasiyona dhoonkondo dholusheno dhehangano lyoNamPower, ndjoka yoKokerboom oshowo yoNamib otadhi ka yambulwapo pwaahena elongitho lyiiyemo yasha okuza kehangano lyoNamPower.



    OGONE TLHAGE

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  • 12/17/17--14:00: Mwoombola a zi mokalungu
  • Mwoombola a zi mokalunguMwoombola a zi mokalunguHaufiku a lundililwa uulingilingi Amushanga nale moshikondo shuundjolowele woshigwana okwa popi kutya omananathano nokwaahauvathana hoka kwa kala pokati ke nomuhona gwe nale, okwa hwahwamekwa konkalo yokutinda omalombwelo gokulonga iilonga yuulingilingi okuza komukomeho gwe miilonga. Amushanga nale gwUuministeli wUundjolowele okwa undile Ominista Bernhard Haufiku kutya otayi gama ombinga nomahangano gamwe po opo gapewe ootendela kuuministeli, itaku alndulwa omilandu.

    Andreas Mwoombola okwa popi kutya omuhona gwe nale ota longo uulingilingi mokugandja ootendela komahangano gamwe.

    Mwoombola okwa lundululilwa kOmbelewa yOmuprima oshiwike sha piti, sha landula omananathano gawo miilonga ngoka geli pokati ka naHaufiku, nomananathano ngoka gopaumwene oga etitha omukundu muuministeli ngele tashi ya kegandjo lyomayakulo kaayakulwa yepangelo.

    Mwoombola, ngoka a kala a mwena konima nkene oshikumungu shoka she ya polweela moshigwana okwa popi kutya Haufiku ote mu lundile nokunyateka edhina lye.

    Okwa popi kutya minista okwa kala nokukaleka ootendela dhoka dha li nale miilonga okupitila momatumwalaka gokoWhatsApp pwaahena omatompelo gasha, kutya omolwashike ta kutha oonkondo ootendela ndhoka.

    Aniwa okwe mu pe woo omalombwelo opo ku gandjwe ootendela komahangano gamwe po inaku landulwa omilandu, nokupogola ompango yoPublic Procurement Act No.15 yomo 2015.

    Okwa tsikile kutya okwa kala nokutinda omalombwelo ngoka poompito dha yooloka naashoka osho sha etitha omananathano gawo miilonga, nuutondwe okuza kuHaufiku. Haufiku okwa tindi okuyamukula komalundilo gaMwoombola ta popi kutya oshikumungu shoka otashi ungaungiwa nasho kOmbelewa yOmuprima.

    Mwoombola natango okwa tsikile kutya omuhona gwe okwa kala nokumugandagula nokomeho yaaniilonga pamwe naye nokumwiihumbatela momukalo gwaana esimaneko.

    “Minista okwa kala ha gandagulandje komeho yaalelwa yandje. Okwa toto po omuthigululwakalo gwokugandagulandje nomukalo ngoka kagu li mondjila.”

    Okwa tsikile kutya onkambadhla dha ningwa komupeha minista , Juliet Kavetuna opo kweetwepo ombili pokati kawo inadhi pondola sha na odha hulile muunyengwi.

    “Okwa ningwa omutumba momasiku 15 gaMei mo 2017 ihe omutumba ngoka inagu e ta iiyimati iiwanawa molwaashoka omusimanekwa ina hala okukandulapo uupyakadhi mboka pauyuuki nopaumwene. Pehala okwa ningilendje omatilitho gokutidha ndje muuministeli ngele inandi ikutha miilonga, shoka nda tindi okuninga.”

    Mwoombola okwali a kuthwa miilonga pakathimbo muJuli omolwa omakonaakono giipotha yuulingilingi ga ningwa, na okwa shunwa miilonga konima yomwedhi gumwe ihe amushanga gwokabinete George Simataa okwa koleke kutya omakonaakono ngoka otaga tsikile.

    Haufiku monakuziwa okwa li a popi kutya okwa gandja omaumbangi miipotha mbyoka tayi tamanekelwa Mwoombola, kOkakomisi kOkukondjitha Uulingilingi ihe inashi yela natango ngele omakonaakono oga manithwa tuu kokakomisi hoka.

    Mwoombola okwa popi kutya Haufiku oye a li e mu kongo opo a wayimine uuministeli mboka mo 2015, na okwa thigi po iilonga ye hayi futu nawa mehangano lyopaumwene.

    “ Omalalakano gandje oga li gokugandja omayakulo guundjolowele gongushu na otaga vulika kukehe gumwe moNamibia. Onda kala ndi na omukumo miilonga yandje moshikondo shoka ndi na ontseyo musho.”

    OMUTOOLINKUNDANA GWOMENI

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    Ronaldo free kick gives Real another world titleRonaldo free kick gives Real another world title Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a free kick which went through the defensive wall to break Gremio's brave resistance and give Real Madrid a 1-0 victory over the South American champions in the Club World Cup final on Saturday.

    Ronaldo's 53rd-minute strike gave Real their second world title in a row, the third in the last four seasons, and ended Gremio's hopes of pulling off what would have been a huge upset.

    The European champions, enjoying the backing of most neutrals at the Zayed Sports City Stadium, dominated as expected, with 20 shots on goal to Gremio's one, but the much more limited Brazilians still made their lives uncomfortable.

    Overall, it was the Spanish club's sixth world title as they also won the old Intercontinental Cup, now recognised by FIFA, three times.

    Real also extended European dominance with 10 wins out of 13 since the club cup was started in its current form in 2005, reflecting the region's financial dominance in the sport.

    The dynamics of modern football mean that the best South American, Asian and African players line up against, rather than for, the teams from their own continents, and Real's side on Saturday included Brazilians Marcelo and Casemiro.

    Gremio coach Renato Portaluppi won the old International Cup as a player with the same club in 1983 when his two goals gave them a 2-1 win over Hamburg SV but a repeat never looked on the cards.

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino has admitted the tournament needs a revamp and wants to replace it with a new one featuring up to 24 teams.

    “The ball never forgives you,” said Renato. “We conceded a goal from a free kick, where the ball went through the middle of the wall. It happens.

    “We showed that we can play on equal terms with any team. They are a machine but we left with our heads high.”

    Gremio survived the first half with their goal intact thanks to some resolute, last-ditch tackling.

    Pedro Geromel cleared Daniel Carvajal's shot off the line with goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe beaten, Isco and Luka Modric both fired shots wide and Walter Kannemann made a last-gasp saving tackle on Ronaldo as he was about to shoot.

    Edilson had Gremio's best effort with a 35-metre free kick that dipped and swerved just over the bar their only shot of the match.

    Real broke through after Ronaldo won a free kick around 25 metres from goal. As usual, the Portuguese took it himself and blasted a low shot which flew through the wall, bounced and squeezed inside Grohe's near post.

    Ronaldo had another goal disallowed for a hairline offside decision. After that Modric burst through the midfield and fired against the post and Grohe made more saves from Ronaldo and substitute Gareth Bale to keep down the score.

    NAMPA / REUTERS

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    No merry Christmas for Bok coachNo merry Christmas for Bok coach There are few things as unpleasant as uncertainty. And if that uncertainty is related to your position as Springbok coach, you can forget about having a merry Christmas.

    That is the situation that troubled Springbok coach Allister Coetzee now faces after SA Rugby confirmed they will only make an official announcement on the expected axing of Coetzee in the New Year.

    SA Rugby conducted a season review with Coetzee on Wednesday following another season of unwanted records.

    In a press release yesterday, SA Rugby said: “A number of meetings and reviews are in progress on all national teams after which plans for all teams in 2018 will be confirmed.”

    Under Coetzee, the Boks have won only 11 out of 25 Tests, and under the former Stormers coach, the Springboks have also recorded their first ever defeat to Ireland in South Africa, the first ever loss to Argentina away, first defeat to Italy, most points ever conceded against New Zealand (57) in both 2016 and 2017, and the biggest margin of defeat ever against New Zealand (57-0) this season.

    During the End of Year tour, the Boks also set another record under Coetzee – the most points ever conceded to Ireland (38-3).

    They also experienced their worst-ever year in history in 2016 when they secured only four wins in 12 Tests.

    New director of rugby Rassie Erasmus is expected to head the coaching group, Kings coach Deon Davids has been strongly linked to the head coach role, while scrum guru Pieter de Villiers and Mzwandile Stick are also rumoured to be in the mix.

    INDEPENDENT ONLINE

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  • 12/17/17--14:00: Chiefs' patience rewarded
  • Chiefs' patience rewardedChiefs' patience rewardedAjax stopped in their tracks Kaizer Chiefs Dumisani Zuma chose the perfect moment to register his first goal for Kaizer Chiefs as his 85th minute strike sealed a 1-0 Premiership win over Ajax Cape Town at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night. Chiefs had outplayed Ajax all evening long, but despite creating a string of goal-scoring chances it was looking to be a frustrating evening for them. That was until Zuma's goal decided the game and moved the Glamour Boys up to second on the standings, six points behind Mamelodi Sundowns.

    Chiefs dominated the opening stanza but with the exception of Bernard Parker's shot from a tight angle eight minutes before half time which brushed the upright, the Soweto side never really looked like scoring.

    Earlier on, there had been an anxious moment for Ajax when Mario Booysen lifted a cross over his own crossbar in the 16th minute, while Parker was not far off with a 36th- minute header.

    Ajax were close to sneaking the lead six minutes before half-time when Thabo Mosadi's cross was deflected into play by Chiefs keeper Itumeleng Khune, the ball only just eluding the sliding Tashrique Morris.

    Second-half proceedings were scrappy with both sides struggling to keep the ball before Chiefs created a chance in the 58th minute which saw Gustavo Paez firing wide from close range.

    Ajax defender Isaac Nhlapo then appeared fortunate not to be penalised, after he clattered Paez inside the box two minutes later.

    The Soweto side were to again take command of the game as Khotso Malope fired an effort just wide, before Teenage Hadebe headed off target and George Maluleka went close with a thumping shot.

    As the game moved into the final 10 minutes it began to look as if the Cape side might be able to hang on for the point.

    But former Bloemfontein Celtic winger Zuma had other ideas as the latched onto a loose ball in the box, before clinically firing past Jody February to give the Chiefs fans at the stadium in Durban, and those around the country, a nice early Christmas present.



    NAMPA / ANA

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    Okaku to host Peter Shambo MarathonOkaku to host Peter Shambo MarathonLocal marathon to excite A marathon championship named after businessman Petrus Shambo will be held at Okaku Constituency in the Oshana Region on 23 December. Shambo, who is the sponsor of the event, said his family set aside N$150 000 for the Shokonawa Academy of Namibian marathon runner Gabriel Simon Shokonawa to organise the championship for this year and the next two years.

    The businessman made the announcement of his sponsorship at his Okaku-based homestead, where the deputy minister of safety and security, Daniel Kashikola, officially launched the race on Saturday.

    Shambo said his family decided to sponsor the race after Shokonawa approached him a few weeks ago to contribute to the development of marathon running.

    “I decided the running should be held here in Okaku, my home constituency, and it should be open to runners across the nation,” said Shambo.

    Kashikola applauded the Shambo family for contributing to sport development in the country.

    “Whoever contributes to sport is contributing to our health services, as sport keeps a person mentally and physically healthy,” Kashikola told those present.

    He said sports help people to be healthy and fit, and therefore result in less work for health personnel.

    Kashikola encouraged young people to take up the challenge by participating in the marathon in numbers.

    Distances of 5, 10 and 21.1 km will be ran during the Peter Shambo Marathon, said Shokonawa whilst speaking at the same event.

    The presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN), Dr Shekutaamba Nambala, and ambassador Hadino Hishongwa also attended the launch.

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  • 12/17/17--14:00: Eyes on goal
  • Eyes on goalEyes on goal The national senior women's indoor hockey team is currently in Cape Town, South Africa, taking part in the Pro Series hockey tournament.

    The team is playing matches against under-18 boys' teams from various provinces in South Africa.

    So far the team have won all nine matches, according to coach Erwin Haindura.

    He said the players showed great character, determination and fighting spirit.

    The players will have four days of rest once they return and will start preparing from 4 to 22 January for the Indoor Hockey World Cup taking place in Berlin, Germany.

    The World Cup will take place between 7 to 11 February.

    The world's top 24 (12 men's, 12 women's) national indoor teams will take part in the event which will be held in the 7 500-seat Max Schmeling Hall.

    This will be the third time that Germany has hosted the Hockey Indoor World Cup following hugely successful events in 2003 and 2015 in Leipzig.

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    Athletics coaching course set for next yearAthletics coaching course set for next year An athletics coaching camp organised by the Quinton-Steele Botes (QSB) Sport Athletics Club will take place from 3 to 6 January next year.

    The 25th coaching and training camp will take place at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek.

    Courses on offer are for six- to ten-year-olds from 08:00 to 12:30. The course will focus on the basic principles of all the athletics events, sprint hurdles, high and long jump and throw events.

    The course aims to expose children to all events in which they will learn all necessary aspects and techniques in order to find their main event when older, according to Leoni van Rensburg.

    In the senior primary school combination participants can use the following: high jump, long jump and sprints, long jump, hurdles and sprints, shot put, discus and javelin or middle distance.

    High school learners and seniors can choose sprints, hurdles, middle and long distance, high jump, long and triple jump, shot put and discus, javelin, or a coaching course.

    The training camp was initiated by the late Quinton-Steele Botes, who started the training for teachers in 1993. Botes, who became the country's top sports administrator and consultant, died of bone marrow cancer on 25 June 2014.

    Registration will take place on 3 January at 13:00.

    The registration fee is N$50 for young athletes in primary school. High school and advanced athletes will pay N$480.

    For any queries, contact Leoni van Rensburg on 081 127 1194.



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    Tangeni Nakale Club hosts Christmas fun dayTangeni Nakale Club hosts Christmas fun day Tangeni Nakale, the owner of the Tangeni Nakale Athletics Kids Fun Run Club, hosted a Christmas fun day for kids in the Okuryangava and Okahandja Park informal settlements on Thursday.

    Initiated in March 2015 by Nakale, a former long-distance athlete, the Tangeni Nakale Athletics Kids Fun Run, traditionally held in Okuryangava, is aimed at encouraging young people in Okuryangava and Okahandja Park informal settlements to participate in sports, while also identifying potential athletes among the youth.

    The event attracted about 35 participants, aged between 8 and 17.

    Nakale told Nampa on Thursday that the Christmas celebration is used to say thank you to the kids who compete in all the fun runs throughout the year.

    “Most of the kids are on holiday but before everyone drives out of Windhoek for holidays I just wanted to say thank you to some of those kids with the gift hampers that were sponsored by Marathon Sugar,” he said.

    At the same occasion, Nakale handed out certificates to five kids who were top performers throughout the year.

    “We want next year to be a better year than 2017 but that will only happen if the corporate world come on board and support these young athletes while at the grassroots level as they are the future stars,” said Nakale, adding that the first fun run for 2018 will be held in March.



    The athletes who received outstanding performance certificates are:

    1. Phillipus Martin

    2. Frans Johannes

    3. Kamati Iwise

    4. Paulina Nghilangua

    5. Fillipus Shixungileni

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  • 12/17/17--14:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day ON FIRE: The 101 Highway was closed after the Thomas Fire jumped the road towards the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura, California. Local emergency officials warned of powerful winds on that will feed wildfires raging in Los Angeles, threatening multi-million dollar mansions with blazes that have already forced more than 200 000 people to flee. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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  • 12/17/17--14:00: Virtute non Verbis
  • Virtute non VerbisVirtute non Verbis Roughly translated as “deeds, not words”, this should be the guiding principle and motto for 2018 and beyond, for everybody in this country.

    We all know the old expression that “through sitting down and standing around, nothing ever gets done”. This actually omits a crucial truth: verbalising things through talking, making promises etc. and not doing anything thereafter, is far worse! This seems to be the next step in this sequence and something Namibians are very good at.

    Words have a powerful effect. They create expectations and this seems to be the bit that people, especially those in positions of power, don't seem to get: talking is the easiest thing in the world and it doesn't cost anything. The costly part, for every word uttered, comes when you have to deliver on the expectations you created, with your (often) careless, thoughtless discourse.

    An even bigger effect, and often so wrong to the extent of being truly sinful, is the fact that the precious, often life-sustaining commodity of hope is created through this, usually amongst the most needy and vulnerable in society. These are mostly the ones who have not much more than their hopes for a better future to keep them going. They are also the ones affected the most by empty promises and arrogant posturing with nothing to back it up. It is also about setting examples, through doing, which will inevitably have the desired snowball effect and inspire others to follow suit. So, as we are winding down 2017 and going away from work to rest, recuperate, reflect, plan and make resolutions for 2018, it is a good time to set this up as a sort of default mode - words (and actions) to live by for the immediate and even long-term future.

    Unfortunately for our politicians, words are their stock in trade; they are very good at talking and have honed it to a fine art. However, as the saying goes, “if you can dream it, you can do it,” hence the conversion from talking about it do actually doing it shouldn't be all that difficult.

    In an ideal world, with determined application, this might eventually even manifest into actions and a “just do it” mentality - as per the popular worldwide sportswear manufacturer. But then again, pigs might also learn to fly. However, if you can't do it, don't say it.

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    Dash winner shares winning formulaDash winner shares winning formulaLooser and Robisch victors Rebecca Robisch from Germany held on to her Nedbank Desert Dash title in the women's 369-kilometre event in Swakopmund a week ago. The Desert Dash cycling competition is one of a kind as cyclists travel from across the country to take part in the excruciating 24-hour cycling competition.

    This year's event attracted participants from nine countries: Namibia, Spain, South Africa, Germany, India, Australia, Colombia, Austria and Poland.

    But Robisch had a plan going into the race even though she felt lazy on the day.

    “I was worried that I didn't train properly. But when I was in the start line all the negative feelings were blown away and I was 100% focused on the race ahead of me.

    “My preparation was very simple. In the German summer I did some MTB marathon races, but just for fun, without any pressure or goal. In October and November I did some 3-4 hours cycling, spending three days in a week on the bike. I love mountains and when I cycle uphill I always go hard. Maybe that's my strong point and that truly prepared me for the Desert Dash,” said Robisch.

    She further said the route was clear and she aimed to be fast at the Kupferberg Pass to catch the fast group of men.

    “My legs were fresh and strong on the climb and I found a small group of fast men on the top. All the time I felt good. I had no weakness during the race. I just cycled and tried to do short stops at the checkpoints.

    “I was never tired or bored. But sometimes I was sick of the roads with a lot of deep sand that took a lot of energy. I was moving very slow.”

    The winner is a former professional triathlete and said that she spent her prize money of N$34 000 on a safari tour in Namibia.

    In the men's solo, Konny Looser from Switzerland won the same amount of money. Looser also won the race last year.

    Drikus Coetzee and Cobus Smit of Team Kia won the two-person team event and walked away with N$20 000. In the women's category, Michelle Vorster and Carmen Burger walked away with N$20 000.

    In the four-person male category, Mannie's Bike Mecca walked away with N$13 000, Team Kia in second place walked away with N$8 000 and Gondwana Dust received N$6 000.

    Edward Turner of Nedbank applauded all the cyclists who took part in the race.

    “We all know that it is indeed not an easy journey to take. However you have persevered, pushed your bodies to their limits and have come out triumphant on the other side.

    “You can all be proud of the fact that you have overcome the peril that is the desert and have shown to us today who you really are.

    It really is amazing the amount of effort you put in to make this race possible. Thank you for this tremendous commitment, which lies at the core of making the Nedbank Desert Dash possible,” he said.

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     Bundesbank sees German growth slowing beyond 2018 Bundesbank sees German growth slowing beyond 2018 Germany's central bank raised growth projections on Friday, arguing that the economy will continue to enjoy an export-driven boom, even if its rate of expansion is likely to taper off as the business cycle matures.

    The Bundesbank now sees calendar-adjusted gross domestic product growth in the euro zone's biggest economy expanding by 2.5% next year, above a June projection for 1.7%, while growth in 2019 is seen at 1.7%, above a previous forecast for 1.6%.

    "Germany’s economy is experiencing a strong upswing," the Bundesbank said in its twice-yearly update of projections. "Driven by lively foreign demand, industry is seeing dynamic growth and the sharp upturn in business investment is persisting."

    NAMPA/REUTERS



    Adobe profit beats on digital media business strength

    Photoshop maker Adobe Systems Inc on Thursday reported a better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, driven by strength in its digital media business, which houses its flagship product Creative Cloud.

    Shares of the company, which also forecast first-quarter profit above estimates, were up 1.7% at US$178 in extended trading.

    The shift to cloud-based subscription has brought a more predictable revenue stream for Adobe, by selling its software through web-based subscriptions, and not through the sale of packaged-licensed software.

    NAMPA/REUTERS



    Oracle results surpass expectations

    Oracle Corp reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and sales but the company's shares dipped in extended trading as revenue in its fast-growing cloud-based business fell short of analysts' estimates.

    The company's shares were down nearly 3% in after-market trading on Thursday. Revenue in cloud-based business rose 44% to US$1.52 billion in the second quarter.

    Analysts on average had expected total cloud revenue of US$1.56 billion, according to Thomson Reuters data.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

    Facebook to add more videos to timeline

    Facebook Inc said on Thursday it would begin to promote videos more prominently inside its News Feed, leveraging the social network's centrepiece product to build interest in episodic shows and compete more directly with YouTube.

    Facebook, in a blog post, also said it was tweaking the kinds of advertisements that run in videos on the network.

    Facebook's News Feed, which comprises posts from friends and businesses, is the first thing its 2.1 billion users see when they open the mobile app or go to the website, making it valuable online real estate.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

    Steinhoff’s Christo Weise resigns from board

    Steinhoff International Holdings chairperson and largest shareholder, South African billionaire Christo Wiese, is stepping down from the supervisory board after an accounting scandal engulfed the retail giant.

    The board accepted Wiese’s resignation to resolve questions of conflict of interest, the owner of furniture chains such as Mattress Firm in the US and Conforama in France said in a filing on Thursday. Heather Sonn, a member of the board and its independent subcommittee, will take the role of acting chairperson.

    The resignation comes a day after Steinhoff said its accounting errors stretch back into 2016, highlighting the extent of wrongdoing at the retailer that’s led to a more than 80% stock slump since the beginning of last week.

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  • 12/17/17--14:00: The year that was
  • The year that wasThe year that was Sport highs and lows The year 2017 had its ups and downs in sports. Many achieved great accolades, while others found themselves on the wrong side of the post. There are some administrators who have been unimpressive; while others have done all they can to promote the beautiful game many have come to love.

    STARS

    Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo took Sports Achiever of the Year, as well as Sportsman of the Year. The boxer beat Ricky Burns from Scotland but lost to Terence Crawford this year. Hard work surely paid off. Helalia Johannes also scooped Sports Women of the Year for her exploits.

    YOUNG ACHIEVER

    Delano Müller won the Namibian Junior Sportsman of the Year award for a second time. The athlete with an explosive kick and punch added the award and N$100 000 prize money to a number of other accolades he achieved in 2017. He won a Legacy boxing title in July, a gold medal at the Battle of Atlanta World Championships in June and two gold medals at the Jungle War competition in March.

    NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

    The Women’s Super League was dormant this year. The footballers suffered a great deal due to inactiveness. It is hoped that sponsors can come on board to assist the league next year.

    TO WATCH OUT

    Tristan de Lange is already a rising star in the world of Namibian cycling. Dirk de Bod clinched bronze medal in the compound cadet men's category at the first leg of the European Youth Archery Championships this year. Local boxers Harry Simon Jr, Max ‘Kwaludhi Boy’ Ipinge have been doing exceptionally well in the paid ranks.

    GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT

    The Namibia Inline Hockey team qualified for the Indoor Hockey World Cup to be played in Berlin next year. The team beat South Africa in a tough match to reach the tournament.

    PROUDEST MOMENT

    The Brave Warriors qualified for the 2018 CHAN tournament after beating Comoros Islands 2-0 in the second leg of their qualifying tie. The tournament, which is only open for local-based players, will be played in Morocco next year and it is Namibia’s first ever CHAN qualification. The team also won the 2017 Dr Hage Geingob Cup after beating Zimbabwe 3-1.

    BEST DEVELOPMENT

    The Namibia Football Association (NFA) Galz and Goals programme introduced an under-20 league this year. Netball, volleyball and basketball pitches in the Khomas and Ohangwena regions are being rehabilitated through a joint venture between FIFA, the German Football Association (DFB), the NFA and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).

    DIFFICULT TO WORK WITH

    Patrick Kauta, chairperson of NPL. He hardly picks up calls or responds to text messages. We are here to promote the interest of players. This type of behaviour should be avoided in 2018. Let’s work together.

    MOST OUTSPOKEN

    Olsen Kahiriri of the player’s union does not mince his words. He has the best interest of players at heart and has been fighting tirelessly for their voices to be heard. Let’s see what impact he has in 2018.

    TO BE MISSED

    The world of sport will surely miss cyclist Costa Seibeb and, Elroy Beukes. Seibeb died in a Windhoek hospital after a car accident. Beukes was hit by a car while cycling. Robbie Savage, the Brave Warriors superfan died after a long illness. The nation will surely miss these greats.

    SURPRISING TURN

    Nestor Tobias lost Julius Indongo from his stable recently. There were allegations of unpaid fees to the boxer. Former world champion Paulus 'The Rock' Ambunda as well as heavyweight fighter Vikapita Meroro and Wilberforce Shihepo also left the successful stable, joining Kiriata Kamanya's Salute Boxing Academy this year. Tobias also lost his trainer Imms ‘AC’ Moses.

    WELCOME RELIEF

    The Namibian Premier League kicked off in October after a year in hiatus. The league came to a halt at the end of last season after NPL failed to secure sponsorship after its three-year deal with MTC came to an end.

    After discussions the NPL was given a lifeline when MTC and FNB came to its rescue with N$15 million and N$5 million respectively.

    WHAT HAPPENED MOMENT

    The International Olympic Committee suspended Frank Fredericks as a member just days after he was charged in a French investigation over suspected bribery in the 2016 Olympic host city vote. Namibia's only Olympic medallist has maintained his innocence. Only time will tell.

    NEVER DISAPPOINTS

    Namibian Para-athlete Johannes Nambala won a silver medal at the 2017 International Paralympic Committee World Athletics championships in London.

    GREATEST EXPORT

    Brave Gladiators poster girl Zenatha Coleman was ranked by world renowned online football site Goal.com as one of Africa’s Top 10 most outstanding women footballers for 2017, following Coleman’s remarkable exploits with Lithuanian club Gintra Universitetas. The Namibian had an excellent season with her team as she helped propel the club to their 16th Lithuanian Women’s Premier League title win.

    ALWAYS IMPROVING

    Michelle Vorster won the African Continental MTB XCO Championships, 100 km Nedbank Cycle Challenge as well as the recent Nedbank Desert Dash where she took part in the two-person category this year. The woman is unstoppable and continues to show other women that they too can achieve whatever they put their mind to.

    RECOGNITION

    Seventeen sporting heroes were recognised at the MTC/NSC Sports Awards in the field of football, professional boxing, athletics, swimming, golf and rugby. An amount of N$10 000 was offered to each legend as well as free entrance to all MTC-sponsored events.

    MEGA OFFER

    Namibian boxing trainer Imms Moses was appointed as a global matchmaker for the Indian Professional Boxing Association (IPBA). The appointment is for one year, and will be on renewable terms. This is the first time this has happened in the country.

    That’s it from us here at Sport Wrap. Make sure you share sporting events, activities and put us in contact with athletes we cannot reach. Goodbye till 2018.

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  • 12/17/17--14:00: Chinese national absconds
  • Chinese national abscondsChinese national abscondsCourt handed suspect's passport back The ACC is investigating how a foreigner accused of bribery managed to get his passport back and skip bail. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is investigating how another Chinese national accused of a crime managed to flee Namibia.

    According to the ACC, 32-year-old Chinese national Allen Yue, absconded on 10 December after he had been released on N$50 000 bail earlier this year.

    He somehow managed to leave the country despite having handed in his passport as part of his bail conditions.

    His lawyer later requested the passport back from the court for the purposes of renewing Yue's work visa.

    The ACC is now investigating how Yue managed to get hold of the passport.

    According to the ACC, Yue is the second Chinese national facing corruption charges to have fled the country after being granted bail by the Walvis Bay Magistrate's Court.

    Yue was a site agent for Jiangsu Zhengtai Construction and allegedly solicited a bribe from the owner of a security company contracted by Jiangsu Zhengtai Construction to render security services at the Dunes Mall Construction site at Walvis Bay.

    The owner of the security company allegedly approached Yue with regard to non-payment for security services rendered in March this year.

    Yue then allegedly solicited an amount of N$35 000, which was N$5 000 for every month that the company had performed security services on the premises.

    He allegedly demanded the bribe in exchange for processing the payment owed to the security company.

    The ACC initiated a sting operation and Yue was arrested on 29 March in the vicinity of the Walvis Bay Lagoon after he had received a payment from the owner of the security company.

    The case docket was forwarded to the prosecutor general for a decision and she decided to arraign Yue in the Walvis Bay Magistrate's Court on a charge of contravening section 35(1) (a) of the Anti-Corruption Act (corruptly soliciting or agreeing to accept gratification by agent as an inducement).

    Yue was granted N$50 000 bail on 31 May. In terms of the bail conditions he had to hand in his passport, report to the police twice a week, and may not leave the district of Walvis Bay without informing the investigating officer, Inspector Walter Kurz.

    On 11 October his lawyer, Richard Metcalfe of Metcalfe Attorneys, brought an application in the Walvis Bay Magistrate's Court to have Yue's passport released.

    Metcalfe gave the following verbatim undertaking to the court as per the court record: “A company in Windhoek was in the process of renewing the work visa of the accused. The visa has not been so renewed and the company requires the passport for administrative purposes.

    “I will take control and possession of the passport and hand to the company for processing of the visa. I will ensure that the company, once done will return it to the ACC.

    “Therefore, I herewith apply to the court to grant an order wherein I take possession for the passport and hand it in for renewal of the visa. Once that is done I will make sure the passport is returned to Inspector Kurz.

    “I will also give the court the undertaking that I will not hand the accused his passport.”

    On 12 December the investigating officer became concerned because Metcalfe had not returned the passport. The officer visited the Walvis Bay police station to see if Yue was still reporting as the court ordered.

    There it was discovered that he had last reported on 27 November. It was further discovered that Yue had absconded and left Namibia with his passport on 10 December via Hosea Kutako International Airport.

    Subsequently the Walvis Bay Magistrate's Court issued a warrant for Yue's arrest.

    Anyone with information on his current whereabouts should contact Inspector Kurz on 081 128 4917, or 064-418309, or the nearest police station.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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