Archive - Jan 2009 - Story
Wesbank Tigers came from behind to beat Chief Santos 2-1 at the Khomasdal Stadium on Saturday. The visitors had the better of the first half and Clerence Naruseb gave Santos the lead on 28m when he latched onto a freekick at the far post and beat Tigers’ keeper Fox Nambundunga from close range.
Alfy Njenge created several more chances with some strong runs down the right wing but Innes Gaoseb failed to connect two pinpoint crosses into the box.
Black Africa’s new coach Tollie van Wyk got off to a winning start when they beat Hotspurs 2-0 on Friday night. Midfielder Bryan Bantam scored both goals, in the space of two minutes in the first half, as BA ran out comfortable winners.
Jerome Louis created the first on 20 minutes when he dropped his marker with a sharp turn and put Bantam clear to score from close range.
Barely two minutes later Bantam struck again when he latched onto a Masepo Dausab cross to beat Hotspurs keeper Tommy Shilumbu from an acute angle.
Tollie van Wyk makes his debut as Black Africa coach on Friday night when they take on Hotspurs at the Khomasdal Stadium. The former Ramblers coach was appointed after the resignation of Ronnie Kanalelo, who joined South African Premier League side Maritzburg United in December.
Namibia’s Brave Warriors dropped one place down to 115th in the world according to the latest FIFA world rankings which were released on January 14. Despite not being active during the period under review (mid-December to mid-January), Namibia dropped one place down, to be ranked 115 in the world and 33rd in Africa.
Namibia’s last international match was a 4-2 home victory against Zimbabwe on October 11, 2008. National coach Tom Saintfiet has since tried to organise international friendly matches, but proposed matches against Qatar and Nigeria failed to materialise.
Orlando Pirates beat Angolan Premier league side Primeiro de Agosto 2-1 in a friendly soccer match at the SKW stadium on Wednesday evening. Primeiro, who finished second in the Angolan premier league last season, are currently on a pre-season tour of Namibia to play a number of friendly matches ahead of the start of their new Premier League.
African Stars revealed their title credentials when they came from a goal down to beat Cymot SKW 2-1 at the SKW field on Wednesday night. Chepela Chepela gave the home side the lead when he stabbed in a loose ball, but Stars equalised just before halftime through an own goal by Sheldon du Plessis, who made a hash of clearing a cross.
Stars created numerous chances in the second half and defender Dennis Ngueza finally scored the winner when he rose high to head in a centre into the box by Rudi Louw.
An Interim Committee consisting of Dr Donovan Zealand, Abner Xoagub and Agnes Samaria has been appointed to run the affairs of Athletics Namibia until a new president is elected. At a press conference on Wednesday, the chief administrator of the Namibia Sport Commission (NSC), Rusten Mogane said that the interim committee was appointed following a request by the regions, after the previous executive committee was dissolved.
The Namibia Premier League resumes on Wednesday evening when log leaders Cymot SKW host African Stars at the SKW field in Olympia. A lot will be at stake as a victory for either team will play a significant role in their respective league campaigns. SKW currently lead the log with 15 points from six matches – one point ahead of second placed Orlando Pirates. If SKW win the match, they will open up a four-point gap at the top which will put the pressure on the other front runners to keep up with them.
Namibia’s cricket season starts in earnest this weekend when national trial matches will be held to select the national team for the final World Cup qualifiers in South Africa in April. Two teams of 12 players each will meet in two 50 over a side matches at the Wanderers field on Saturday and Sunday as the players battle it out to claim the final 15 places for the World Cup qualifiers.
According to national coach Johan Rudolph the players are fit, having already started training at the beginning of the year.
The Namibian government has committed itself to ensuring that world champion boxer Paulus Moses’ first title defence takes place in Namibia. At a press conference in Windhoek on Tuesday, the Deputy Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture Pohamba Shifeta said that it made economic sense to stage the fight in Namibia.