Archive - Sep 2009 - Story
The Brave Warriors face a tough assignment in the Cosafa Challenge Cup competition after being drawn to face Zambia in the quarterfinals on October 25. Namibia is one of the top six seeded teams who received automatic entry into the quarterfinals of the annual southern African tournament. The draw was made in Harare on Thursday evening for the tournament, which will be held in Harare and Bulawayo from 17 October to November 1.
Okahandja Beauties won the Women’s Football National Championships on Sunday for the third year in a row after a brilliant performance by their national striker Stella Williams. In the final, Williams scored all five goals as Beauties beat traditional rivals Rehoboth Queens 5-1 to lift the title for the third year in a row.
Rehoboth’s hopes of winning the title suffered an immediate setback from the start, when Williams gave Beauties the lead with a cracking 30m shot in the first minute.
By Chris Buckland
An eventful week for Namibian squash concluded on Sunday with double success for South Africa in the men and women’s singles finals at the DSTV Namibian Squash Open.
Former winner of this event and ex-top 25 world ranked Rodney Durback faced an athletic challenge from Gary Wheadon, the current number nine player in South Africa. The athleticism of both players entertained the crowd in a 50 minute match that eventually ended 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 in Durback’s favour.
United and Rehoboth qualified for the final of the MTC Rugby Premier League in contrasting style, after defeating Kudus and Western Suburbs respectively in Saturday’s semifinals. United were too strong for Kudus, running out comfortable 34-12 winners, but Rehoboth had to wait till the final minutes before breaking down Suburbs’ resistance to score the winning try for a 16-12 victory.
A solitary goal by Joseph Kashamako was enough to give Unam a 1-0 victory against DTS on Saturday to win the men’s Premier League field hockey title. Kashamako scored midway through the first half from a short corner to secure Unam’s sixth successive title and ninth title in the past ten years.
Despite still having to play bottom of the log Polytech, the victory put Unam five points clear of second placed Wanderers with the result that they could not be hauled in anymore.
Blue Waters maintained their 100 per cent start to the league when they beat Ramblers 2-0 at the Atlantis Stadium in Walvis Bay on Saturday. It was their second successive victory of the season for the newly promoted side, which put them two points clear at the top of the log on six points.
Black Africa and African Stars joined Tigers on four points, after drawing 1-all on Friday night. BA took a first minute lead when Da Costa Angula headed in a Bryan Bantam freekick, but Edison Muheua equalised 9 minutes later, heading in a freekick by Pat Uanivi.
By Chris Buckland
Thursday night saw Wanderers packed to the rafters as Namibia A took on Zambia A in both men and women’s squash matches. The head to head encounters was the culmination of a three-day “Test” between the two nations held at Klein Windhoek and Wanderers and featuring juniors, men’s B teams as well as the top players in both countries.
The Namibian Ladies, Trixie Van der Merwe, Willa Bronner, and Adri Lambert, made a strong start to the evening and overpowered their Zambian counterparts 2-1.
Black Africa and African Stars played out to a 1-all draw at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday night, On a chilly evening in front of about 3 500 fans, the match started on a dramatic note as BA took the lead within the first minute. Black Africa won a freekick and Bryan Bantam curled it in to the near corner where an unmarked Da Costa Angula headed the ball into the net.
A full weekend of sporting activities is in store with soccer, rugby, hockey, inline hockey, swimming and amateur boxing on the menu. The MTC Premiership continues with some exciting matches, with the Katutura derby between African Stars and Black Africa tonight, topping the bill.
In rugby, the MTC Premier League semifinals are scheduled to take place at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium on Saturday evening. United take on Kudus in the first semifinal at 18h00, while Western Suburbs face Rehoboth in the second.
A big crowd can be expected at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday night when defending champions African Stars take on traditional rivals Black Africa in the MTC Premiership. Both teams are amongst the early log leaders after they got off to winning starts last weekend with Stars defeating league newcomers United Stars 1-0 while BA beat Civics 3-1.