The 2009/10 MTC Premiership kicks off this weekend with Tigers taking on Orlando Pirates in the opening match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday night. With new coach Brian Isaacs at the helm, Tigers already sounded an early warning when they won the FNB Football Expo on August 30, beating Eleven Arrows in the final. Pirates however have a star-studded team and are the defending Cell One NFA Cup champions so they should start off as the favourites.
Namibia’s junior hockey teams won three gold and three silver medals at the annual Tri-Nations Hockey tournament which recently took place in Harare, Zimbabwe. Namibia’s U16 boys and girls team and their U14 boys’ team won gold medals, while Namibia’s U14 girls’ team narrowly lost out on another gold medal after losing 2-1 to Zimbabwe in the final.
Namibia’s U18 teams however struggled and were soundly beaten by their Zimbabwean counterparts.
Zimbabwe and Namibia were tied with three gold medals each while Botswana returned home empty handed.
The Namibia Football Association has submitted a list of 10 referees to FIFA for the 2010 Referees Panel, following the FIFA Physical Fitness Test last Sunday in Windhoek. Top referees Alex Tiyeho and Rainhold Shikongo, ranked one and two nationally, are joined by Ananias Kangandi and Andreas Helmuth as the only four referees to have come out unscathed and were recommended to FIFA as central referees for next year.
Namibia’s bowls team produced its best performance at the African States Bowls tournament in recent years when they won two gold, two silver and one bronze medal at the annual continental event which this year took place in Swaziland.
Graham Snyman won a gold medal in the men’s singles competition to be crowned the African champion, while Namibia’s men’s fours team, consisting of Willie Esterhuyse, Sandy Joubert, Ewald Vermeulen and Steven Peake also won gold in the fours competition.