Krönlein FC victorious in Kazi tourney at Keetmanshoop

KEETMANSHOOP: The Krönlein B Football Club were on Sunday crowned champions of the 2024 first edition of the Kazi Tournament in Keetmanshoop.

The final was played between Krönlein FC and Koppieslaagte, the game ended in a 0-0 draw and Krönlein FC won on penalties 4-2.

About 16 teams participated in the tournament that took place Saturday and Sunday at the J Stephanus Stadium in Tseiblaagte. The tourney provided a platform for teams from different local residential areas to compete against each other.

One of the organisers of the tournament, Suzel Cloete said the event was aimed at ‘keeping the youth from the streets, away from drugs and alcohol, also to introduce or develop grassroot football as well as creating a platform where teammates from the same team can play against each other as they are not staying in the same location.’

Cloete said the 2024 second edition of the tournament will take place later this year.

Krönlein FC walked away with N.dollars 5 000 while Koppieslaagte earned N.dollars 3 000 a
s runner-up and Krönlein A team walked away with N.dollars 1 000 in third spot.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency


Golden Bees come from behind to win Outjo derby

OPUWO: Golden Bees Football Club defeated Outjo Football Academy (OFA) in the North West Stream First Division rivalry on Saturday at the Etoshapoort Stadium, coming from behind in a 2-1 thriller.

Golden Bees FC will revel in their triumph and claim bragging rights throughout Outjo. The results will relieve their strain after a poor start, earning them 10 points and propelling them to seventh place on the log standings.

After seven games, Golden Bees now have three wins, two draws, and two losses, while OFA has two wins, and five losses, and is ranked ninth with six points.

Other weekend games saw log leaders KK Palace FC maintain their strong start to the season by defeating African Motto by two unanswered goals, while Eleven Warriors were held to a one-all draw at home by Touch and Go FC.

Oshikuku Young Stars took use of their home advantage to defeat Ongwediva City FC by a single goal, while Khuse Lions FC, who are still battling to find their feet, suffered another defeat at home when Onambula United
scored a single goal to send them to the bottom of the log.

Elsewhere, in Oshakati at the Uukwangula Stadium, Young Chiefs FC were denied an opportunity to ascend to the third spot on the log after losing 2-1 to Golden Bigs FC who en route recorded their second win after seven games.

After seven games, KK Palace lead the log with 19 points from six wins and one draw, followed by Eleven Warriors with 17 points from five wins and two draws, making the top two the only undrafted teams thus far.

Onambula United is third on the log with four wins, one draw, and two defeats, totalling 13 points after seven games. Former Namibia Premier League rival Young Chiefs FC who won three games, lost one, and drew three, is fourth with 12 points, sharing the same statistics with fifth-placed Ongwediva City.

Outjo-based Golden Bees is in sixth place with 11 points after three wins, two draws, and two defeats, followed by Oshikuku Young Stars who have 10 points after three wins, one draw, and two losses. Golden Bigs who won
two of their seven games and lost four, are ranked eighth with seven points, followed by OFA in ninth with six points after winning one and losing five games.

Touch and Go FC, African Motto, and Khuse Lions are at the bottom of the log, ranked 10th, 11th, and 12th respectively.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency


Guiteb remembers Geingob’s Goldstar music band days

OTJIWARONGO: Former Robben Island prisoner Lazarus Guiteb, on Monday remembered President Hage Geingob’s youthful days when he was a member of the Goldstar Brothers Band from Windhoek.

The 82-year-old Geingob died in the early hours of Sunday at a Windhoek hospital in the Khomas Region.

Guiteb, in an interview with Nampa, said Geingob was a cheerful young man in the 1960s, when he met him at a music concert in Otjiwarongo.

‘Geingob was a member of the Goldstar Brothers Band that used to travel from Windhoek and come perform in Otjiwarongo during the days when he was at Augustineum Secondary School,’ said Guiteb.

Guiteb said in 1977 he was arrested and sentenced to eight years in prison to Robben Island, he was kept until 1985.

In 1986 in Luanda, Angola, Guiteb met Geingob again in the liberation struggle meetings, where he discovered that Geingob had become a big senior Swapo leader and a people’s person.

The 81-year-old Guiteb further told that while in exile, he saw Geingob grow into several senior po
litical positions of Swapo, becoming a unifier and a true Namibian political hero.

Swapo Party coordinator in the Otjozondjupa Region Immanuel Namaseb, also on Monday said he was in shock upon hearing the death of Geingob on Sunday morning.

He however called on the Otjozondjupa residents to unite as that was Geingob’s ultimate desire for all Namibians.

Otjiwarongo Mayor Gottlieb Shivute on his part said Geingob’s death touched everyone in Otjiwarongo.

Shivute then extended the Otjiwarongo Municipality’s message of condolences to the former First Lady Monica Geingos, as well as to Geingob’s family still residing in Otjiwarongo, Otavi, Grootfotein, Tsumeb and Windhoek.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency


Namibian Parliament opening without fanfare

WINDHOEK: The ninth session of the seventh Namibian Parliament is set to open on Tuesday, albeit without the usual fanfare.

The nation was plunged into mourning following the death of President Hage Geingob in a Windhoek hospital on Sunday morning.

As a result, there will be no elaborate ceremony for the official opening of Parliament that usually brings together the three organs of the State – the executive, legislature and judiciary. The event is further marked by a military parade and a 21-gun salute.

‘The official opening of Parliament will take place as scheduled. However, given the status quo, the ceremonies associated with this event, such as the military procession, the 21-gun salute, and cultural and school children’s performances, will not be observed,’ said Sakeus Kadhikwa, the National Assembly’s spokesperson.

President Geingob, who was undergoing cancer treatment, was scheduled to officiate the event as per the provisions of Rule 15 of the Standing Rules and Orders of the National Assembly.

That task will now be performed by his successor, President Nangolo Mbumba, who was sworn in as Namibia’s fourth Head of State on Sunday.

The opening takes place under the theme; ‘Improved public engagement to meet the expectations of the citizens’.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency


NTLA mourns President Geingob

KEETMANSHOOP: Chief of the |Hai-|Khaua Traditional Authority (TA), Johannes Isaack, on behalf of all the Nama clans on Monday expressed his condolences to the former First Lady, Monica Geingos, children, family and the entire country on the death of President Hage Geingob on Sunday.

Speaking at a press conference here on Monday, Isaack, who is the chairman of the Nama Traditional Leaders Association (NTLA) said: ‘It is with faith in our Lord’s declaration and with profound sorrow that we, the NTLA, together with all our Nama traditional authorities and the entire Nama nation, extend our sincere condolences to our First Lady, Monica Geingos, the children and extended family. NTLA also extends our deepest condolences to His Excellency, President Nangolo Mbumba and his wife, the Government of the Republic of Namibia, and the entire Namibian nation. May President Hage Geingob’s soul rest in eternal peace.’

Isaack said even if the leadership style of the late Head of State was sometimes not understood by sosme,
he was an excellent administrator and policy-maker, adding that his caring and commitment towards the elders and the wellbeing of the entire Namibian nation will be remembered and cherished forever.

‘For the Namibian nation, this will indeed be a painful and challenging period. Our nation never experienced the loss of a president, especially not a sitting president. During these difficult times, we are acknowledging that life’s challenges are an unavoidable part of the human experience, which must be approached with calm, patience and fortitude,’ said Isaack.

He added that the Namibian people know about pain because of the genocide and colonisation, but that they endured hardships with grace, and therefore, understand transcending suffering, embracing challenges and the ultimate manifesting of strength and resilience.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency


Masisi visits Namibia following Geingob’s passing

WINDHOEK: The President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi arrived in Windhoek on Monday morning to pay a courtesy visit to President Nangolo Mbumba, following the passing of President Hage Geingob on Sunday.

Masisi visited State House before proceeding to Geingob’s residence at Casa Rosa, a few kilometres outside Windhoek to express condolences to the former First Lady Monica Geingos.

Mbumba told Masisi that Namibia will continue its brotherly relationship with Botswana.

‘We are truly honoured that Botswana’s President is the first President to visit us during this very difficult time,’ Mbumba said.

He was sworn in as President on Sunday afternoon. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah was sworn in as Vice President. Prior to Geingob’s passing, Mbumba was the Vice President of Namibia.

Masisi has since applauded Namibia for a smooth transition of political power.

‘I wanted to come yesterday but I thought to give you space and time, to see you through organising and filling
this big gap in the Namibian house. I am very proud of what Namibia did, you are a true example,’ he said.

Masisi left for Botswana Monday afternoon.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency