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We can still qualify for the round of 16 if we are focused: Ketjijere


KORHOGO: Former Brave Warriors captain Ronald Ketjijere said the team’s results against South Africa on Sunday were disappointing but it’s time for the team to move on and focus on their upcoming game against Mali.

Ketjijere’s comments come after the Namibian team lost their second match 0-4 at the 2023 Ivory Coast African Cup of Nations underway here.

In an interview with Nampa on Sunday, the former Brave Warriors captain emphasized the importance of the next game, saying that a win against Mali is crucial if the team wants to advance to the round of 16.

‘We had a very poor performance in our game against South Africa. Our team had a bad day at the office and didn’t show up for the game. The early penalty we conceded also played a major role in our defeat, as we couldn’t get a grip on the game after that. However, we have a capable technical team who will work with the players to rectify the mistakes and encourage them to focus on their next game against Mali,’ he said while adding that the team will need
to go back to the drawing board and work harder to improve on their performance.

Ketjijere stated that the team has three more days to prepare for another opportunity that will present itself against Mali.

‘It’s going to be a very difficult game against Mali who are a ball-playing team, but we just have to prepare for them. We managed to beat Tunisia, therefore, going into the Mali game, will depend on who wants it the most and if we play well, confident, and according to our tactics and plan as we did against Tunisia we might get the results,’ said Ketjijere.

Namibia is currently placed third in their group, tied on three points with second-placed South Africa. Mali leads the group with four points, while Tunisia is at the bottom with a single point. Namibia’s last group game will be against Mali in San Pedro on Wednesday.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

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LLF signs agreement with WWF and IRDNC


OPUWO: The Legacy Landscapes Fund (LLF) has contributed N.dollars 924 million to support the conservation area of the Skeleton Coast-Etosha bridge in North-Western Namibia, through an agreement signed at Otjondeka in the Kunene Region.

The conservation bridge connects the two national parks and includes the first ‘People’s Park,’ a new conservation category that formalises community conservation. Its landscape was selected following LLF’s first open proposal call in early 2022.

A joint statement by the LLF, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC) on Monday said the agreement commits N.dollars 18.9 million per year to the region, which includes multiple protected areas, communal conservancies, and buffer zones, for at least 50 years.

The long-term funding, it said, will help to manage the Namibian conservation hotspot more efficiently, reinforcing much-needed climate resilience initiatives, enhancing local livelihoods, and safeguarding fragile animal specie
s.

The grant will be administered by LLF’s partners, the WWF and the IRDNC in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism (MEFT), it read.

Furthermore, WWF and IRDNC will collaborate closely with local partners, rural communities, and conservation organisations to supervise implementation in the region.

In the statement, LLF executive director Stefanie Lang said the grant with WWF and IRDNC ensures reliable and substantial funding of N.dollars 18.9 million annually for over 50 years and with strong governance of local rights-holders.

‘We are very thankful to welcome this exceptional Namibian site into the LLF network,’ she said

Nik Sekhran, Chief Conservation Officer at WWF-US, said, ‘The agreement is an additional affirmation of Namibia’s conservation efforts and the critical role that people play in safeguarding wildlife and biodiversity throughout Namibia.’

The Skeleton Coast-Etosha conservation area will allow iconic animals like black rhinos and lions to wander freely from
coastal to inland locations, benefiting local populations, he said.

IRDNC executive director John Kasaona on his part said the legacy landscape allows them to prepare for the future, where communities could build on this relationship by deciding how they want their land maintained in the long run.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency