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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    SA eyes oceans of opportunitiesSA eyes oceans of opportunitiesMalaysian model adapted for fast results The South African environment minister says the oceans economy holds vast opportunities for young people. South Africa Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says the oceans economy has shown vast opportunities for the participation of young people, as well as the diversification of the economy and the maximum utilisation of coastland for the betterment and prosperity of the country.

    "We now have a programme that we call the oceans economy in our country, which is a programme that for the first time has actually shown vast opportunities for participation of young people, the diversification of our economy as a country, and the maximum utilisation of our coastland for the betterment and prosperity of our country," said Mokonyane at the 2019 Partnership for Action on the Green Economy (Page) ministerial conference last week at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

    The conference, which looked at economic and social inclusion allied to creating sustainable economies as part of efforts to help nations reframe economic policies to focus on sustainability and foster economic growth, welcomed over 500 delegates from across the globe.

    According to Page, "the challenge is how to create more than 600 million jobs, reduce inequalities, protect the environment and grow the economy".

    Guy Ryder, director-general of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said: "We should not put the expenses of the green economy against that of social growth." During the discussion, Germany was considered as the global green economy leader and German Parliamentary State Secretary Rita Schwarzeluhr-Sutters shared ideas on how other countries can progress in this regard.

    She said: "Look at labour market elements; the main aim is to focus on social dialogue and how to bring this conversation forward."

    United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Nikhil Seth, who was also part of the discussion panel on the opening day on Thursday, added: "We need to give social inclusion a real meaning when taking these steps."

    In August 2013, then president Jacob Zuma undertook a state visit to Malaysia. He was introduced to the Big Fast Results Methodology through which the Malaysian government achieved significant government and economic transformation within a very short time.

    Using this approach, they addressed national key priority areas such as poverty, crime and unemployment. With the support of the Malaysian government, the Big Fast Results approach was adapted to the South African context.

    To highlight the urgency of delivery, the approach was renamed to Operation Phakisa (phakisa means “hurry up" in Sesotho).

    According to the environmental affairs department, Operation Phakisa represents that new spirit of moving faster in meeting government's targets. The South African government's starting point was that the country is surrounded by a vast ocean which has not been fully taken advantage of to realise the immense potential of this untapped resource. The oceans economy has the estimated potential to contribute up to R177 billion to the South African gross domestic product (GDP) and create just over one million jobs by 2033. -Nampa/ANA

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    Xolobeni in upheaval over third Mantashe visitXolobeni in upheaval over third Mantashe visit A war of words in has erupted Xolobeni between those opposed to the upcoming visit to the area by South African Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe, and those who welcome it.

    This comes as the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) on Thursday slammed the Xolobeni Youth for Sustainable Development for saying that Mantashe was welcome to visit the volatile Eastern Cape village.

    An Australian company has been trying to mine the titanium-rich dunes of the Wild Coast coastline for 15 years, hampered by stiff opposition from residents worried about displacement from their homes and environmental degradation.

    Mantashe is set to visit Xolobeni on Wednesday for the third time since he became minister, in a bid to discuss "economic development" in the area and meet with various stakeholders. The Xolobeni community has been at loggerheads with Mantashe's department while waging a 15-year long battle led by the ACC against the issuing of a mining licence to Transworld Energy and Minerals (TEM), a subsidiary of Australian mining company MRC.

    In December the ACC said Mantashe was no longer welcome in the community after the minister requested for a leave to appeal the court's judgment that confirmed the community's right to say no to mining in the area. This was after the community scored a major victory in November when the High Court in Pretoria ruled that in terms of the interim protection of informal land rights, the minister of mineral resources may not grant mining rights without the consent of the community and the people directly affected by that mining right.

    But spokesperson for Xolobeni Youth for Sustainable Development, Mfundo Dimane, has gone against the ACC’s wishes, saying that it firmly supports development and that anyone who talks the language of development was free to enter their community. In its counter argument, the ACC said that Dimane is one of the four accused in the 2015 "Christmas shootings", when villagers returning from a mass-meeting opposing the mine in Mzamba were attacked, and is still facing those charges.

    The ACC also said the stakeholders that Mantashe wants to meet was formed by the mining applicant and that Dimane's youth group was formed by MRC director and mining applicant, Zamile Qunya, as soon as he heard about Mantashe's upcoming visit. "We repeat that we appeal to all concerned about land and human rights to tell mining minister Mr Gwede Mantashe to stop his 'Third Coming'. Minister Mantashe must stop playing with the lives of people. We cannot afford a second Marikana in South Africa," the ACC said. -Nampa/ANA

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  • 01/13/19--14:00: Oysters, mussels unsafe
  • Oysters, mussels unsafeOysters, mussels unsafe ELLANIE SMIT

    The fisheries ministry has issued a warning to the public not to consume oysters and mussels from Walvis Bay Aquaculture Production Area 1 as they are currently unsafe to eat due to shellfish poisoning.

    According to the ministry, oyster and mussel samples from the production area have been tested positive for biotoxins during sampling and testing facilitated by the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI).

    This sampling and testing forms part of the National Shellfish Sanitation Programme.

    The latest test results from the oyster and mussel samples indicate the presence of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP).

    According to the ministry the samples indicated DSP at a level higher than is permissible and therefore it is unsafe to consume these shellfish products until further notice.

    The ministry further stressed that marine biotoxins are not destroyed by cooking and freezing.

    DSP is one of the four recognised symptom types of shellfish and amnesic shellfish poisoning. The others are paralytic, neurotoxic and amnesic shellfish poisoning.

    As the name suggests, DSP manifests itself as intense diarrhoea and severe abdominal pain. Nausea and vomiting may also occur. There is also a risk of dehydration.

    As no life-threatening symptoms generally emerge, no fatalities from DSP have ever been recorded.

    Symptoms usually set in within 30 minutes of ingesting infected shellfish and last for about one day.

    The ministry said should any of the above symptoms occur when eating molluscan shellfish, people should seek immediate medical assistance.

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  • 01/13/19--14:00: 78 drug suspects nabbed
  • 78 drug suspects nabbed78 drug suspects nabbed A total of 78 drug suspects were arrested in December last year, police spokesperson Edwin Kanguatjivi has confirmed.

    The police were also able to seize drugs with a combined value of over N$4.8 million in December alone, Kanguatjivi said.

    Of the 78 suspects, 73 were Namibian, four Zambian and one South African.

    Drugs seized during the period include 480 481 kilograms of cannabis valued at N$4.8 million, 274 mandrax tablets valued at N$32 880, 11.4 grams of cocaine power valued at N$5 700 and 24 units of crack cocaine valued at N$2 400.

    Kanguatjivi urged members of the public to come forward with information that will be helpful to the police. “Drugs can be very destructive to society; please report drug dealers to your nearest police station,” Kanguatjivi said.

    Nampa also reported that two people were arrested last Tuesday at the Otjiwarongo-Outjo temporary road block for being in possession of 200 mandrax tablets. They made their first appearance in the Outjo Magistrate's Court last Thursday.

    The mandrax are valued at N$30 300.

    The duo, 26-year-old Elsie Goagoses and 30-year-old Sebastian Claasen, appeared before Magistrate Agatha Okamaru on charges of being in possession and dealing in drugs.

    During their appearance, Okamaru explained to the duo that they have the right to appoint and attorney of their choice or apply for a legal aid lawyer.

    They also have the right to defend themselves in court.

    The accused opted to apply for legal aid, after which their case was postponed to 27 February to allow them to acquire such services.

    Sean Nangombe is the prosecutor in the matter.


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  • 01/13/19--14:00: Rationing kicks off
  • Rationing kicks offRationing kicks offNo water for Gobabis between 22:00 and 05:00 Of the 28 boreholes that can supply water to Gobabis only 16 are currently operational, with the rest in need of rehabilitation. Water rationing kicked off on Friday night at Gobabis, with the town currently receiving only about half of its daily water demand.

    NamWater last week informed the Gobabis municipality that it will start rationing water to the town, with no water to be supplied to Gobabis residents from 22:00 to 05:00.

    The rationing will last until the end of February.

    It is being implemented because dams supplying water to Gobabis are bone-dry and no water can be sourced from them anymore. Boreholes have to be tapped to provide water to the town.

    However, of the 28 boreholes that can supply water to Gobabis only 16 are currently operational, with the rest in need of rehabilitation.

    Gobabis municipality spokesperson Frederich Ueitele told Namibian Sun the remaining 12 boreholes require rehabilitation.

    He said the 16 boreholes that are operational provide about 44 000 cubic metres of water to the town per day.

    However, the town's daily demand stands at 86 000 cubic metres.

    “If the other 12 boreholes are rehabilitated, we are sure that the water supply to Gobabis can be about 112 000 cubic metres per day - more than our daily demand,” Ueitele said.

    According to him the rehabilitation of the boreholes will likely proceed until 28 February, after which the water restrictions will be lifted.

    Ueitele said residents were informed last week of the water restrictions via radio, bulk SMSes and public notifications.

    Residents were told to prepare themselves for the restrictions and take the necessary measures when they take effect.

    According to the latest dam bulletin, the dams supplying water to Gobabis were only 3.2% full last week, holding about 620 000 cubic metres of water. At the same stage last year, the dams were 9.8% full.

    The Otjivero Main, Otjivero Silt, Tilda Viljoen and Daan Viljoen dams have a combined capacity to store 11.4 million cubic metres of water when full.

    Meanwhile, the dams supplying water to the central area of Namibia have a total of 39.8 million cubic metres of water.

    The combined levels of the Swakoppoort, Von Bach and Omatako dams stood at 25.8% of their full capacity, compared to 35% a year ago.

    The levels of the dams supplying water to the south stood at 41%, in comparison to last year when they were 50.6% full. These include the Hardap, Naute, Oanob, Bondels and Driehuik dams. The Bondels Dam is currently empty.


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    Blackadder backs Faletau for Six NationsBlackadder backs Faletau for Six Nations Bath boss Todd Blackadder believes Taulupe Faletau is on course to take his place in the Wales squad for the Six Nations Championship.

    The British and Irish Lions back-rower put 13 weeks on the sidelines with a broken arm behind him during a barnstorming return in an 18-16 win over Wasps in the European Champions Cup on Saturday.

    It was Faletau's stunning break that led to Bath's first try against their English rivals and an admiring Blackadder said: “He looked great, didn't he? Really sharp. Before the game, he (Faletau) was really, really nervous. But it's good to see those nerves from an experienced guy like him.”

    Asked if Faletau would be ready for the Six Nations, Bath director of rugby Blackadder replied: “Yes, I think so. They know he's a class player. He looks spot-on now.

    “He's been training as he always does. He just grows another arm and a leg when he gets out there on the field.”

    The former New Zealand international also hopes Jonathan Joseph will be fit for Bath's final pool match away to French giants Toulouse next weekend.

    The England centre has been out of action for nine months following ankle surgery but Blackadder said: “He trained really well this week and is looking very sharp. If he can get through some 'big load' days in training next week, he could be good to go.”

    Meanwhile, Welsh joy at Faletau's comeback was tempered when Dan Biggar left the field just 10 minutes into English club Northampton's match away to French side Clermont in the second-string European Challenge Cup late on Saturday.

    Wales' flyhalf Biggar, a veteran of 65 Tests, limped off with an apparent leg injury just days before national coach Warren Gatland is due to name his Six Nations squad on Tuesday.

    Biggar's hold on Wales' number 10 jersey had been challenged by Rhys Patchell and Gareth Anscombe in recent months.

    But a fully fit Biggar would still expect to be selected, especially as fellow goal-kicker Leigh Halfpenny is set to miss the start of the Six Nations with the concussion the full-back suffered during a Test against Australia in November.

    Wales launch the 2019 championship away to France on 1 February, while England are in action the following day with a Dublin date against reigning Grand Slam champions Ireland.


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  • 01/13/19--14:00: Lazio dismiss 'psychosis'
  • Lazio dismiss 'psychosis'Lazio dismiss 'psychosis' Lazio were embroiled in controversy on Saturday after racist and anti-Semitic chanting that scarred a Coppa Italia tie was dismissed by the club as a “psychosis focusing on a minority or non-existent incidents”.

    Lazio crushed third division Novara 4-1 in their last-16 game at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

    However, their hardcore ultra-fans aimed a series of ugly barbs at the club's bitter city rivals AS Roma, with taunts of “yellow, red and Jewish” and “this Roma that looks like Africa”.

    They also targeted police officers who clashed with Lazio fans on Wednesday at Piazza della Liberta in the capital when celebrations to mark the club's 119th anniversary turned violent. Eight police officers were injured and four supporters arrested. Lazio spokesman Arturo Diaconale blasted reports of the chanting by a small section of the crowd as “a psychosis”.

    “I am one of the 98% of people in the stadium who didn't hear them,” he said.

    “The club naturally condemns any racist or anti-Semitic chants. I think it's a form of psychosis focusing on either a minority or non-existent incidents.”

    On the pitch, Ciro Immobile scored a first half double, after Luis Alberto's 12th-minute opener with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic claiming the fourth before the break.

    Umberto Eusepi pulled a goal back for Novara, a third division side based 50km west of Milan, from the penalty spot just after the break.

    Lazio, who won the last of their six Coppa Italia trophies in 2013, will next play either Inter Milan or Benevento in the quarterfinals.

    In Genoa, AC Milan progressed to the quarterfinals with a 2-0 extra-time win over Sampdoria.

    Brazilian international Lucas Paqueta started for Milan after his arrival from Flamengo in a 35-million-euro (US$40 million) deal last week, along with Argentine Gonzalo Higuain, amid speculation he is about to move to Chelsea.

    Higuain thought he had scored but was ruled offside as the game went into extra-time just days before Gennaro Gattuso's side take on Juventus in the Italian Super Cup final in Saudi Arabia.

    Patrick Cutrone came on as a substitute in extra-time with his two superb volleys on 102 and 108 minutes setting up a meeting for last year's finalists with either Napoli or Sassuolo.

    “We're in good shape and will try to prepare as best we can,” said Cutrone of next Wednesday's game in Jeddah.


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    Constantine bristles with optimismConstantine bristles with optimismIndia coach says football is the new cricket A nomadic English coach, whose colourful career has taken him from Millwall to Malawi, has got cricket-mad India dreaming of Asian Cup football glory. India stunned Thailand 4-1 in their opening match last weekend to record their first victory at the Asian Cup in over 50 years, and despite losing 2-0 to hosts United Arab Emirates, Stephen Constantine insists football has knocked cricket of its perch - at least for a little bit.

    “After qualifying and two outstanding performances we have done that and more,” the 56-year-old Londoner told AFP in an interview.

    “Indians do love their cricket but you really are seeing a metamorphosis in football and that is really something to be proud of.

    “To get to the knockout stages would be massive,” added Constantine, who has repeatedly been overlooked for jobs in his home country.

    “But whatever happens, we've already overachieved.”

    Veteran striker Sunil Chhetri overtook Lionel Messi in international goals during the win over Thailand, earning comparisons with India's cricket skipper Virat Kohli for his heroics, and the Blue Tigers still have their eye on a place in the last 16.

    “Football is as popular in India in my opinion it's just not written about as much,” said Constantine, who witnessed conflict, bloodshed and human suffering in his time coaching Malawi, Sudan and Rwanda before returning for a second spell as India boss four years ago.

    “Of course when the cricket team is doing well and the football isn't, there is only going to be one winner.

    “But that has all changed,” he added, pointing to the progress his rough diamonds have made and the positive impact of the domestic Indian Super League since its launch in 2013.

    “The fact that we are capable of playing the bigger teams and compete was not the case when I arrived. We are a solid unit, we work very hard on all aspects of the game and on our day can hurt most teams.”

    Despite a population of 1.3 billion, India has barely registered on the football map until now.

    Beaten finalists on their Asian Cup debut in 1964 when it was a four-team competition won by Israel, they last qualified in 2011 when they were thrashed by Australia, Bahrain and South Korea, conceding 13 goals in the process.

    But the step up in quality shown by the world's 97th-ranked national side this time around has been little short of astonishing.

    “In a nutshell it's down to the players; they have given me everything,” said Constantine, whose young team face Bahrain today in their final Group A game.

    “I'm so proud of the work rate, determination and the attitude of the players.”

    Part of the secret of India's drastic improvement under Constantine lies in the Englishman's emphasis on sports science, nutrition and monitoring the “wellness” of his players.

    “That holistic approach has proved to be successful over the last several years both here in India and in other countries I have coached in,” said Constantine, who as Sudan coach once had rifles pulled on him while driving from Khartoum to scout a player.

    Constantine is not easily intimidated, sparking dismay in India by stripping Chhetri of the captaincy before the Asian Cup.

    But he has bowled a googly at his critics as harmony has returned, and he promises the best is yet to come.

    “When I think back to 2015 and where we were, we have indeed come a long way,” he said. “The fact that this is the youngest team in the history of Indian football, I'm certain the future is bright.”


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    Shutdown squeezes ordinary AmericansShutdown squeezes ordinary AmericansCitizens struggle through government impasse A southern city that relies on federal spending is feeling the pinch of the US government shutdown. Michael NorthernHuntsville business owner"It's a fog with no end in sight." JAY REEVES

    Once known for its cotton trade and watercress farms, Huntsville, Alabama, is now the ultimate government town.

    About 70 federal agencies are located at the army's 38 000-acre Redstone Arsenal.

    More than half of the area's economy is tied to Washington spending. As the government shutdown drags into a third week, people and businesses that rely on that federal largesse for their livelihood are showing the strain.

    Empty parking lots and darkened offices at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Centre at Redstone have translated into vacant hotel rooms because out-of-town government workers and contractors aren't coming. Restaurants frequented by federal workers who travel on government spending accounts are struggling too.

    Transportation Security Administration employees working without pay at the city's airport say they are spending their own money to bring in quiches and breakfast rolls as a morale booster. Moms are sharing tips online about free entertainment and buying food in bulk to save a few bucks. The largest credit union has already provided hundreds of bridge loans for struggling families.

    "It's a fog with no end in sight," said Michael Northern, an executive with a small company that runs three restaurants outside the main arsenal gate. The lunch crowd is still okay, he said, but dinner dollars have dried up, and business is off at least 35%. People are just going home and nesting, trying to conserve resources," said Northern, vice-president of the WJP Restaurant Group. "Imagine being in that posture and hearing Donald Trump say, 'It could be a year'."

    The closure persists because President Trump and congressional Democrats can't agree on US$5.7 billion in funding for a border wall, which Trump touts as vital to US security and critics see as pointless and immoral. The jobs of some 800 000 workers hang in the balance. A little more than half are still working without pay, and hundreds of thousands missed their paycheques this past on Friday.

    Economic statistics lag real-time events, so it's hard to gauge the effects of a shutdown that's been going on for less than a month. But in Huntsville, a city of about 195 000 people where more than 5 000 workers are affected, there is growing frustration and worry. Located at the base of a mountain in the lush Tennessee Valley, Huntsville was just another Alabama city until the government decided to build rockets at Redstone Arsenal at the dawn of the space race. The influx of people and federal dollars that arrived with NASA transformed the city into a technical and engineering hub that only grew as army missile and materiel programmes expanded on the base.

    That heavy reliance on federal spending has Huntsville residents wondering what will come next. Jack Lyons, a lifelong space geek who thought he'd hit the jackpot when he got a job as a contractor working on massive rocket test stands for NASA, is spending the furlough on his small side business making props for marching bands. A solid Republican voter until 2016, when he couldn't bring himself to vote for Trump, he's frustrated and saddened by what's going on in Washington.

    "They're trying to use people as bargaining chips, and it just isn't right," Lyons said. Unlike civil service workers who expect to eventually get back pay, Lyons doesn't know if he'll ever see a dollar from the shutdown period.

    Just back from maternity leave following the birth of her second child, Katie Barron works at home for a private company not connected to the government, but her husband is a National Weather Service meteorologist who is forced to work without pay because his job is classified as essential. They're cancelling this Saturday's date night to save a couple of hundred dollars, and their purchase of a new refrigerator is on hold. They've also put off home and car maintenance, but the US$450-a-week bill for day care still has to be paid, as do the mortgage and utility bills.

    "We're a little bit buffered, but our lives are basically based off dual incomes," Barron said. While Barron frets over the loss of dental and optical insurance because of the shutdown, she said her family has some savings and will be fine for a while. Others are struggling.

    Redstone Federal Credit Union has already provided hundreds of low-interest loans of as much as US$5 000 each to families affected by the shutdown, with no payments due for 60 days. It's also letting members skip payments on existing loans for a US$35 fee, chief marketing officer Fred Trusty said.

    "As the days go on, we are seeing more and more traffic head to our branches," he said. The timing of the shutdown couldn't be worse since many families were already stretched thin by holiday spending or starting payments for upcoming summer travel, Trusty said.

    Jeff and Sabine Cool, who own a German-style food truck that operates in the heart of the NASA complex, say their income is down about US$600 a week since the beginning of the shutdown. "It kind of hurt a little bit. We're just rolling with the punches," Jeff said last Wednesday as he set up tables outside Hildegard's German Wurst Wagon on a bright, windy morning. "I'm glad I'm retired from the army and have an additional income, but I feel for the other people."

    Jeff’s sympathy extends to people like Sandra Snell, a TSA officer working without pay at Huntsville International Airport. She hasn't gotten a paycheque since December and wonders what will happen once her savings run out. The bright spots of the shutdown, she said, are the co-workers who share food and airline passengers who realise that the people checking their identification cards and staffing the X-ray machines are working for free. "They'll say, 'Thanks for being here.' It helps. It's nice when they realise your value," she said. -Nampa/AP

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  • 01/13/19--14:00: Let 2019 be better!
  • Let 2019 be better!Let 2019 be better! The year 2018 was a tough one as far as sport in this country is concerned and I hope that we are not going to go through the same difficulties in 2019.

    Last year the sporting fraternity was rocked by infighting, racism allegations and claims about the mismanagement of funds.

    Football, rugby, cricket, boxing and hockey all experienced chaos in one way or another.

    The Namibia Football Association (NFA) made headlines on so many occasions, after a cold war between its president Frans Mbidi and secretary-general Barry Rukoro reached a boiling point.

    The struggle for power within the country's football governing body caused extensive damage to the image of Namibian football on a global scale.

    The Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) and its business wing Namibia Rugby Limited (NRL) were also involved in a tussle for power.

    This affected the players and those who desire the good administration of the game.

    The hockey union was also under fire, following racism allegations caused by the omission of a player of colour from the junior national team.

    Cricket Namibia (CN) also had a bad year, after many of its administrators turned against each other. What a year it was!

    Having said that, I hope things in the sporting fraternity change for the better this year and that we will be able to see a return to harmony, good governance and glory days for our athletes, players and teams.

    It all has to do with showing maturity when it comes to administration and avoiding egos that stand in the way taking the different sport codes forward.

    People must respect each other at all levels and avoid signing deals out of desperation.

    It is because of these desperate deals that some federations and unions have lost the power to control the affairs of their sport codes.

    I also believe it is time that people shy away from feeding their bellies with money intended to develop sport in the country.

    Some have been mismanaging money intended for development and this has really slowed down the rise of sport in the country.

    In 2019 we want more passion to be shown by sport lovers, who should attend sporting events in their droves, in order to boost the performance levels of our athletes.

    Namibians have a tendency of supporting things only on social media, but are never actually at events.

    These things must change in 2019, because athletes also want to be seen and supported.

    We are heading into our last Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Zambia in March, with a victory enough to secure us a place at the Egypt-hosted finals.

    I believe that it will be a nervy and intriguing day for many of our local fans, who are so eager to see the country qualify to the African showpiece.

    The journey has not been easy for Riccardo Mannetti and his men, but this time we will go into the final qualifier prepared for victory.

    Yes, we have made things hard on ourselves, because we could have qualified last year if we had not been held to a draw by Guinea-Bissau at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

    Let us forget about all that and focus on the important encounter taking place in Zambia in March.

    I am pleading with the Brave Warriors players and coach to keep their spirits high and play like they have never played before.

    Namibian football has been tainted with infighting and many other problems.

    I believe that qualifying for Afcon 2019 will be a welcome relief for the country and its troubled football fraternity.

    It is up to us to make Namibia a great sporting nation again!


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  • 01/13/19--14:00: Timely boost for Magic
  • Timely boost for MagicTimely boost for MagicDino's Fashion Shop donates 20 balls Tura Magic started 2019 with enough footballs to use for training, and their coach is ecstatic. Namibia Premier League (NPL) side Tura Magic received a timely boost from a local shop that donated 20 footballs to them.

    The donation took place at Dino's Fashion Shop and saw Magic receive 20 more footballs for the second half of the season, in a deal that is set to continue for the next two years.

    Speaking at the handover ceremony, Magic's public relations officer and marketing manager, Jonathan Murumendu, said this is a timely boost for the club who have been struggling with training balls.

    “It allows the coach and the players to train effectively and efficiently. In general, we are grateful to all the companies that are sponsoring football teams in Namibia, as this helps raise the standard of the game,” he said. Dino's shop owner Zeckaria Halim said he made the donation because of his love for football, as he played professionally before coming to Namibia.

    “I watched them a few years back and I noticed that they needed to be dressed properly.

    “I am working on getting them a kit when the economy gets better.

    “I hope this gesture will inspire them to play better and improve their lives,” Halim said.

    He added that many football players support his shop, hence his decision to thank one team in the NPL.

    In terms of the standard of play, he said Namibian teams must test their mettle against other African sides in order to gain experience and help the national team perform better.

    Tura Magic coach Mohamed Mohammed Gargo welcomed the donation, saying training will now be more effective for the team.

    He hopes the players will see this as a motivation to play well and attract more sponsors.

    -Additional information by NAMPA

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Our uninspiring education systemOur uninspiring education system Our education system is no longer inspiring much-needed hope, judging by the recently released grade 12 ordinary level examination results. Although the education ministry last week announced a very slight improvement in the grade 12 ordinary level results of 2018, the matric performance over the year has remained stagnant, and this should be a cause for concern. Only 40.4% of last year’s full-time grade 12 ordinary level candidates have qualified for university admission, which is still way below the target set by the education ministry. Education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said there was a slight increase in the ordinary level learners qualifying for university admission - from 39.3% in 2017 to 40.4% in 2018. A good education system is a great asset to any country, because it produces a qualified, skilled and disciplined workforce to develop a nation. Most importantly, a good and efficient education system shows that the country cares about the most vulnerable people in society - its children - and indeed also about our future as a whole. The grim truth is that we have not turned education into an asset where all learners are able to compete on an equal footing. Yes, it is true that kids from rich backgrounds tend to go to private schools that are well-funded, even by corporate Namibia. At these schools, you find top-notch facilities and dedicated and motivated teachers that help them succeed. However, the situation is different at many state schools, especially those in rural Namibia, where shoddy facilities and lack of guidance is the order of the day. A good education is the foundation of every qualified professional in this country and it is high time that considerable efforts are made to ensure that we all adopt a number of programmes to help address such learning weaknesses, and this includes ensuring that poorly structured schools get good teachers. Developing an environment that is conducive to learning is essential if we are really serious about having an education system that we all can be proud of.

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  • 01/13/19--14:00: NamiGreen makes strides
  • NamiGreen makes stridesNamiGreen makes strides50 000 kilograms of e-waste recycled last year According to the company's internal records more than 50 000 kilograms of e-waste was recycled last year, which is 52% more than in the period 2015 to 2017. Per Elsted Hansen CEO NamiGreen “E-waste contains hazardous components and must be safely handled by trained professionals.” Augetto Graig - Times are changing in Namibia as the recycling rates of electronic waste are increasing, and 2018 was the best year so far.

    Local e-waste recycling company, NamiGreen, increased e-waste recycling rates last year. “There is still a way to go but steps are being taken in the right direction,” says business owner Per Elsted Hansen.

    The continent with the highest recycling rate is Europe, recycling 35 % of all its e-waste. Asia comes in second with 22%, the Americas third with 17 % and Oceania fourth with 6%. Africa recycles around 0.5 %, according to the UN.

    Namibia, as well as NamiGreen, which is located in Windhoek, had a good year in terms of recycling electronic waste (e-waste) in 2018.

    NamiGreen was founded in 2018 and took over an existing e-waste business run by Transworld Cargo E-waste since 2015. According to the company's internal records more than 50 000 kilograms of e-waste was recycled last year, which is 52% more than in the period 2015 to 2017.

    The company produces sorted electronics to be recycled for metals. On average a standard computer monitor weighs around 10kg, which means the operations at NamiGreen recycled the equivalent to 5 000 computer monitors in just one year. Or said in another way, this means that the equivalent of 5 000 computer monitors did not end up at landfill sites, thereby harming precious ecosystems in Namibia, Hansen said.

    He attributes the major growth in e-waste recycling to increased awareness amongst Namibian communities and companies, a lean operation as well as tenacious employees.

    There are six people employed at the moment, some full-time and some part-time, depending on the amount of work at any given time. In addition, NamiGreen works with Transworld Cargo on logistics, Hansen said.

    On a global scale, e-waste recycling rates have room for improvement.

    Forecasts for 2019 reveal more growth and NamiGreen is expected to beat previous e-waste recycling rates. This is something that will put a dent in the appalling recycling rates seen, not just in Africa, but in most countries worldwide, said Hansen.

    According to the United Nations, 80% of all e-waste generated annually on global scale is not recycled.

    The standard practice in Namibia for many years was to landfill electronic waste, but instead NamiGreen now creates jobs and removes the hazardous materials from the environment to avoid the pollution of the soil and underground water.

    “E-waste contains hazardous components and must be safely handled by trained professionals. NamiGreen ensures legal compliance, a policy of zero landfill dumping and the safety of our staff. E-waste does not belong in a landfill,” said Hansen.

    Entering 2019, the company will continue its growth strategy and expects to partner with more companies as well as citizens to start recycling e-waste properly. NamiGreen already works with some of the largest companies and organisations in Namibia and recently installed e-waste bins at the education ministry compound at the Government Office Park in Windhoek.

    "Citizens can easily recycle their electronics by placing them in one of the many e-waste bins we have in Windhoek", said Hansen. “We offer companies and organisations a free e-waste collection service, where they simply call us or can go to our website - www.namigreen.com - and book e-waste collection online in a few minutes. That has been very well-received and we expect even more companies to use the service in 2019".

    Fact box:

    • E-waste or electronic waste is the fastest-growing waste stream in the world, according to the United Nations.

    • More than 44.7 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated globally in 2016 and that number is expected to increase to more than 52 million metric tonnes by 2021, according to the UN.

    • 80% of global e-waste is not recycled, according to the UN.

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    Court battle looms over timberCourt battle looms over timber About 250 Kavango East farmers are set to drag government to court following the abrupt suspension of the issuing of permits for the harvesting, transportation, marketing and exporting of timber late last year.

    All People's Party (APP) secretary-general Vincent Kanyetu said consultations have taken place with these farmers, who have suffered severe financial losses due to the suspension of the issuing of these permits, and the matter will be taken to the High Court. He said this is contributing to poverty among the farmers and they will sue for the financial damages incurred.

    Kanyetu said many farmers had already harvested timber, which now cannot be transported or exported. “Everything is standing still,” he said.

    Kanyetu explained that due to the recent rains, some of the timber is ruined and cannot be sold.

    He said the farmers had expected money from the harvested timber. “These farmers are now in trouble and have to borrow money. They are five times poorer than they were.”

    Kanyetu said while they understand the problem with the illegal harvesting of timber, the question remains whether it is government's responsibility or that of the farmers to ensure that harvesters have permits.

    “If a harvester cannot sell, a farmer can also not get his money.” According to Kanyetu, the farmers have already consulted with the office of the regional governor and will finalise their court submission by next week.

    The agriculture ministry issued a directive on 26 November that all timber activities be put on hold; therefore, no harvesting, transportation, marketing or exporting of any timber products (logs, blocks and planks) may take place.

    The directive further informed all forestry officials that as from 26 November they should suspend all issued permits and stop issuing new permits until further notice.

    At the end of last year, the agriculture ministry said about 500 timber harvesters in the northeast of Namibia have to apply for environmental clearance certificates (ECC) in order to continue with their tree-felling operations.

    This requires an environmental impact assessment (EIA), which is not only expensive, but can take months to complete.

    In the case of timber harvesting, a person has to obtain a harvesting permit.

    The current timber harvesting operations are legally authorised in terms of the Forest Act.

    However, the applicants must ensure that other legal instruments and their requirements are taken into account. Timber harvesting is one of the listed activities in the Environmental Management Act of 2007.


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    Khomas schools face water crisisKhomas schools face water crisis The taps of some state schools in the Khomas Region may run dry if the City of Windhoek decides to cut their water supply.

    Khomas regional education director Gerard Vries recently wrote to acting City CEO Ludwig Narib, imploring him not to cut the water supply of several public schools.

    “I hereby tender a formal request to your esteemed office to suspend the looming disconnection of water and electricity to public schools within the Khomas Region,” Vries wrote.

    “The Khomas regional council's directorate of education, arts and culture is not in a position to make a payment to the City because it has not received a tranche payment from the ministry of finance via the ministry of education,” Vries' letter added.

    According to him, it is still unclear when funds would be availed to be paid over to the municipality.

    “It is requested that the entire disconnection exercise is paused until the end of February 2019, whereupon this matter can be revisited,” Vries said further asked in his letter.

    The directorate is due to receive money this week to pay the municipality, Vries said upon enquiry.

    “The directorate is in the process of arranging a payment to the City because it recently received a tranche payment from the ministry of finance via the ministry of education. The payment process to the City should be completed this week,” Vries said.

    City of Windhoek spokesperson Harold Akwenye did not respond to a query at the time of going to press. It is unclear whether all the public schools in the Khomas Region are in arrears. Namibian Sun reported in November last year that the education ministry owed the City N$32.5 million in unpaid water and electricity bills. The Khomas directorate of education, however, made a partial payment of N$15 million to avoid service cuts at schools.

    The school year started last week.


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  • 01/13/19--14:00: Booys in firing line
  • Booys in firing lineBooys in firing lineOkahandja residents rise up against constituency councillor Okahandja residents say regional councillor Steve 'Biko' Booys is to blame for a lack of development at the town, while he says he will not entertain “idle politics being played by businessmen”. About 100 disgruntled Okahandja residents gathered outside the constituency offices at the town on Friday morning to call for the immediate removal of regional councillor Steve 'Biko' Booys.

    According to the group of residents, who say they have no particular name or affiliation except their love for their town, Booys “has been identified as the mastermind behind a group of residents with an agenda to destabilise the town”.

    They have given President Hage Geingob 72 hours to intervene and remove him or they will do it themselves. Led by the “chairperson of the petition', Wilfried Goaseb, and Basie Tjikune as vice-chair, the protestors accused Booys of delivering empty promises, adding they need new clinics in various settlements along with police stations.

    They say “people have settled illegally in illegal areas and crime flourishes” there.

    “What did Biko do for you in the past ten years?” Tjikune wanted to know from the crowd.

    Booys, who had come out of the offices but was told that he would not be addressed by the protestors, took the media inside for a brief interview.

    When asked what his view of the protest was he said, “I don't know. I am a servant of the people.”

    As regional councillor, he explained that his mandate was to “provide direction”. He said that “if the community is calling for my removal, it might be justified” adding that “no one ever approached my office to consult with me” regarding the community's discontent.

    “Whoever is instigating this must have their priorities misplaced,” he said.

    Elaborating on his successes he told the media that “people only make noise when they see progress”. He said schools, both primary and high, have been expanded and hostels have been renovated, along with a school hall. He did not provide any further information on these projects saying only that the Okahandja clinic was “reconstructed” and the hospital “expanded”.

    He blamed budget cuts for the fact that Vyfrandkamp and Veddersdal do not have their own clinics.

    “Okahandja has grown,” he said. His office, he explained, was directly involved in getting AB InDev to the town, and he also took credit for the development of Okahandja's strip-mall.

    “What do they expect me to do? I have represented Okahandja.”

    According to Booys, 100 people out of the 35 000 residents of Okahandja do not represent a legitimate voice.

    “They have the freedom to raise their concerns but I would be careful to call it a legitimate voice.”

    He continued by inferring that there are factors that are instigating these actions, adding it has to do with tenders and the interests those people carry.

    “I would not want to say this march is because of that. If they want figures I will provide these and if their concerns are legitimate, I may even say I have failed and will step down.”

    He denied that he has been the target of protests for the last few years, saying the issues are different. As a regional councillor, he said he is subject to the local authority and its relevant legislation.

    He said it is not his mandate to provide residents with land, municipal services and the like, but said he “is grateful that the community is here to address fundamental issues”.

    'Barking up the wrong tree'

    “They are barking up the wrong tree, but you will receive no excuses from me. I will provide clear direction. However, this will be for programmes that are to be implemented, not idle politics played by businessmen.”

    The residents accuse Booys of creating the pressure group, Okahandja Concern Group, and said that when the town councillors were supposed to be sworn in on 20 December last year, Booys supported this group under the leadership Kathleen Uri-Khos “instead of being non-partisan and hearing the concerns of the different groups”.

    They blame him directly for the conflict regarding the swearing-in of the councillors, which to date, persists.

    They also accuse him of delivering the sand in the Swakop River to the Chinese instead of allowing the community to benefit from sand mining and add that the Swakoppoort and Von Bach dams could be better used for the benefit of the community, including for aquaculture and irrigation.

    On 9 November last year at a public meeting, they demanded a progress report on the past eight years and asked for a summary of capital projects in Vyfrandkamp, Veddersdal, Oshetu 1-3 and Nau-Aib. To date, they say they have received nothing.

    They say Booys is directly responsible for the divisions among the town council members, who have still not been sworn in, along with a new mayor for Okahandja.

    This is not the first time Booys has had a run-in with Okahandja residents. In February 2015, residents held a protest march saying they could not endure another five years of his “empty promises”, adding that Booys must do what he promised “or go”.

    At the time, the group handed over a petition to the Swapo district and constituency council offices.

    A few days later, also in 2015, the then regional and local government minister Charles Namoloh reportedly seconded an official from his ministry to act as CEO following a reported battle between Booys and then mayor Valerie Aron.


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  • 01/13/19--14:00: Stars avoid defeat
  • Stars avoid defeatStars avoid defeatRaja Casablanca grab critical away goal African Stars stood their ground against one of Africa's most lethal attacking teams on Saturday. African Stars proved they can compete with the best Africa has to offer, when they drew 1-1 with Moroccan football giants Raja Casablanca in the first leg of their CAF Confederations Cup clash on Saturday.

    Stars had an opportunity to win after midfielder Alpheus Handura gave the home side a 1-0 lead through a massive pile-driver 39 minutes into the match. Handura does not normally score goals, but found himself at the right place at the right time to punish the Moroccans.

    Handura's goal caused little panic for Raja Casablanca, who maintained their slow build-up and accuracy throughout the first half.

    Stars went into halftime leading 1-0, as scorching temperatures were experienced in Windhoek on Saturday.

    Raja Casablanca's Soufiane Rahimi slotted the ball home from close range three minutes into the second half, thereby grabbing a vital away goal.

    Stars defence were caught napping after the visitors played a quick corner. Several passes inside the box ended with Rahimi putting the ball into the back of the net.

    The two teams had several chances to finish off the match, but were unsuccessful.

    African Stars coach Bobby Samaria expressed disappointment that his team conceded an away goal.

    The coach is however proud that his team avoided defeat, even if no one gave them a chance of getting something out of the match.

    “It is unfortunate that we allowed Raja Casablanca to score a silly away goal. One is not allowed to make such silly mistakes at this level.

    “We are however proud that we did not lose the match against a big team on the African continent,” Samaria said. Founded on 20 March 1949 as part of the political struggle against French rule, by nationalists who aimed to create a focused working-class of young Moroccans, Raja Casablanca have enjoyed huge success.

    They have won the CAF Champions League on three occasions - 1989, 1997 and 1999 - and have made 16 appearances in the competition.

    They won the CAF Confederations Cup in 2003 and last year.

    The Moroccan team also finished as runners-up in the 2013 Fifa Club World Cup. The team has 11 league titles and eight Moroccan Throne Cups under their belt.

    Stars and Raja Casablanca are in contention to become one of the 16 teams that will qualify for the group stages of the CAF confederations Cup.

    The teams that progress will be divided into groups of four, with each guaranteed at least US$275 000.

    Stars will travel to Morocco for the second leg which takes place this coming Sunday.

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  • 01/14/19--14:00: Phil Masinga hailed
  • Phil Masinga hailedPhil Masinga hailedNamibian tributes pour in for Bafana legend Namibian football legends have paid tribute to Bafana Bafana and Leeds United striker, Philemon Masinga. Former Brave Warriors players have described Philemon 'Chippa' Masinga as a down-to-earth and a different type kind of South African footballer.

    The Bafana Bafana legend passed away in a Parktown hospital in Johannesburg on Saturday morning after a long illness.

    “I met him on various occasions and I can tell you he was just a different kind of person. Masinga did not play like an ordinary South African, who loves to showboat, but he was more of a different kind of player, with a style far from what the South Africans loved,” former Brave Warriors player and current national head coach Ricardo Mannetti said.

    Mannetti heaped praise on Masinga for always keeping his head up, even when fans turned against him.

    “There was a time that people were booing him for not playing tricky football. Masinga, however, continued to play the way he knew how to play, even if the crowd was sometimes against it.

    “It is for this reason that he attracted interest from European clubs until he managed to sign for Leeds United,” Mannetti said.

    Former Brave Warriors stalwart, Lolo Goraseb, who was a personal friend of Masinga, described him as a legend.

    Goraseb and Masinga had both been actively involved in the Global United FC initiative, which had seen a team of soccer legends from around the world being formed.

    Masinga was also part of Goraseb's testimonial match back in 2010.

    “He was influential in the transformation of South African football and many people did not realise that until his passing.

    “Masinga was a gentle giant who sacrificed his time just to show me around when I visited South Africa. “The only problem I have is that people only tend to praise you when you are gone, but they will never do it while you are alive,” Goraseb said.

    He urged football associations to plan for footballers after they are done with their playing careers.

    Another former Brave Warriors player, Robert Nauseb, who never played against Masinga even if they were from the same era, expressed his admiration for the late striker.

    Nauseb emphasised the importance of Masinga not forgetting where he came from, even when he was playing in Europe.

    “I never played against him, but we did meet on several occasions, and I can say he was a guy with a good sense of humour.

    “He was very different from the rest, because even when he signed for Leeds, he remained humble and always remembered home.

    “Masinga never forgot the challenges many South Africans faced and that is why he always lent a helping hand to those in need of advice and many other things,” Nauseb said.

    Another Brave Warriors great, Johannes 'Congo' Hindjou, said Masinga's passing is a great loss to Africa, given the talent he had.

    Hindjou, who was part of the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Brave Warriors squad, outlined some of the qualities he saw in Masinga.

    “He was part of the Bafana Bafana squad when we played them in Burkina Faso and also here in Windhoek.

    “Masinga was not a skilful player, but he had two strengths which made him a very lethal striker.

    “He could hit the ball with incredible power and his aerial presence was also something to admire.

    “I met Masinga at various social events and I can say he was a very humble person,” Hindjou said.

    He also felt that one of the people who is hurt the most about losing Masinga is South African soccer legend Jomo Sono.

    “Every time I met Sono, he would speak so highly of Masinga because he was the one that brought him up there.”

    Masinga was admitted at a Tshepong hospital in Klerksdorp last month and was later moved to Parktown.

    The lanky 49-year old earned more than 50 caps for Bafana and it was his scintillating goal from 30 yards against Congo that saw South Africa making their first appearance at the Fifa World Cup in 1998.

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  • 01/14/19--14:00: Brave Warriors lay low
  • Brave Warriors lay lowBrave Warriors lay low Brave Warriors coach Riccardo Mannetti says he will not be calling a training camp anytime soon ahead of their important clash against Zambia.

    The Namibia senior national team will play Zambia in their last group match of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers on 22 March, with a victory guaranteeing them a place at the Egypt-hosted finals.

    The team has not been training since the end of last year.

    The coach is, however, confident that the players are fit, given that the leagues in which they ply their trade are currently active.

    “I do not believe that I will call for training anytime soon, because we still have a long way to go before 22 March. “

    Most of the players are currently active at their respective clubs and that is just to our advantage as a team.

    “I will, however, announce to the media when I decide to call up the boys for their final preparations,” Mannetti added.

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    Great weekend for Zambian clubsGreat weekend for Zambian clubs Zesco United defeated South African visitors Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 on Sunday to complete a successful weekend for Zambian clubs in the first legs of CAF Confederation Cup playoffs.

    Nkana trounced San Pedro from the Ivory Coast 3-0 on Saturday and the chances of both Zambian representatives reaching the group stages after the return matches next weekend look good.

    Lazarous Kambole, whose five-minute hat-trick last season is the fastest in a CAF club match, put Zesco ahead midway through the opening half in Ndola.

    Kenyan Jesse Were soon doubled the lead before Zimbabwean Khama Billiat halved the deficit just before halftime.

    Were netted again early in the second half and Billiat had a goal ruled offside before the normally clinical Kambole missed a sitter for the home side.

    Zesco went furthest in a CAF competition three years ago by reaching the Champions League semi-finals before losing to another South African club, Mamelodi Sundowns.

    Chiefs won the now defunct African Cup Winners Cup in 2001, but have made no impact in continental competitions since.

    The return match in the African equivalent of the Uefa Europa League will be in Soweto this Saturday and Nkana play in Abidjan 24 hours later.

    Asante Kotoko, runners-up to fellow Ghanaians Hearts of Oak in the first Confederation Cup final 15 years ago, are poised to advance after a 3-2 win over Coton Sport in Cameroon.

    The Kumasi outfit twice built a two-goal advantage in Yaounde before a 71st-minute Lambert Araina goal for the home side set up a tense finish.

    Nigeria's Enugu Rangers, the African Cup Winners Cup trophy-holders 42 years ago, are also well-placed, thanks to a 2-1 victory over Bantu in Lesotho capital Maseru.

    Bright Silas and Godwin Aguda scored their fourth goals in the competition this season for Rangers before Lazola Jokojokwana pulled one back in the final minute.

    Egypt's Zamalek, whose last of nine CAF titles came in 2003, held Ittihad Tanger to a 0-0 draw in Morocco, and confirmed that they are favourites to win the tie on aggregate.

    Kenyans Gor Mahia had hopes of a second successive Confederation Cup group appearance reduced when they won only 2-1 against New Star from Cameroon in Nairobi.

    Rwandan Jacques Tuyisenge scored the winner three minutes from time, but conceding an equaliser to Benjamin Bechem midway through the second half may come back to haunt Gor.

    Away goals count double in the event of a draw on aggregate and a 1-0 win for the Cameroonians in Limbe will take them through.

    AS Otoho from Congo-Brazzaville and Sudanese side Al Hilal established 3-0 home leads over Kampala Capital City Authority from Uganda and Rwanda's Mukura Victory, respectively.

    Morocco's Hassania Agadir appear set to feature in the January 21 group draw in Cairo after Zouhair Chaouch scored in a 1-0 win over Ethiopia's Jimma Aba Jifar in Addis Ababa.

    Less obvious is which club will emerge overall winners in the tie between Libya's Al Nasr and giant-killers Salitas from Burkina Faso, who shocked Egypt's Al Masry last month.

    The North Africans took a slender 1-0 lead after a first leg that was moved from Benghazi to Cairo because of the security situation in Libya.


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