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Khomas dominates day one of AN national championship

Athletes representing the Khomas Region reigned supreme on day one of the Athletics Namibia (AN) National Championship currently being held at the Independence Stadium here.

The two-day championship will see athletes that perform exceptionally well throughout the season cementing their positions in the Namibian Team competing at the 2023 Gaborone International Meet in Botswana later this month.

On day one of the championships on Friday, athletes competed in the 100 metres (m), 400m, long-distance and field events with the Khomas region scooping most of the gold medals.

Sprinters Gilbert Hainuca, and Ndawana Haitembu were crowned national champions in the 100m male and female categories respectively while the 400m event saw Mudi-Inosensia Haingura crowned women’s national champion and Andre Retief the male champion.

In the shot-put event, Leeorr-el Breytenbach won the male category with a distance of 15.22m. Karlien Botha, also representing the Khomas region, was crowned women’s discus champion after stiff competition from Tuane Silver. Botha threw with a distance of 43.59m.

The men’s discus throw saw national record holder Ryan William reclaiming his title with a throw of 57.60m which was just 5cm shy of his national record of 57.65m.

Young star Werner Visser who also represented the Khomas region finished second with a distance of 55.79m.

In the men’s 1500m, Thomas Shigwedha put up an impressive performance to shield off his teammate Wilhelm Hangula who came second for the Khomas region.

The third place was taken by an international athlete Manuel Chivela from Angola who competed under his club Pedro Atletico de Luanda.

In the women’s category, the Ohangwena and Omusati regions dominated the 1500m event with Saara Shikongo representing the Ohangwena winning gold while Nyanyukweni Frans and Linea Iita both from Omusati walked away with silver and bronze respectively.

The T53-54 1500m wheelchair race saw Roodley Gowaseb winning gold while his teammate Nico Kharuxab also from the Khomas region walked away with a silver.

At the end of day one of the championships, the Khomas region led with 443 points, followed by Oshikoto and Erongo with 43 and 41 points respectively. Oshana came in fourth place with 31 points and Ohangwena completed the top five positions with 29 points.

Omusati (21) in sixth, Hardap (18) in seventh, Omaheke (13) in eighth, Otjozondjupa (12) in ninth, and Kavango West (7) in 10th position.

Club Petro Atletico de Luanda took the last point position at 11th with six points as other regions failed to register points on the day.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

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Kavango West and Khomas take football and netball trophies

The Kavango West regional football team is the new champions for the 21st edition of The Namibian Newspaper Cup tournament.

They defeated Otjozondjupa 2-0 in the finals Monday afternoon at the Paresis Sports Stadium in Otjiwarongo.

Oshana Region is in third, and Hardap in fourth place.

The Khomas netball team was the defending champion at the tournament and it successfully retained the trophy by outperforming the regional netball team of Otjozondjupa by 34-27.

The Kavango West netball team is third, and Omaheke in fourth place.

On top of the floating trophies, the overall performer in football received a cash prize of N.dollars 30 000, and gold medals for all players.

The Khomas netball players also received a cash prize of N.dollars 25 000, a floating trophy and gold medals.

The football and netball teams in second and third places also received cash prizes, silver and bronze medals.

The Namibian Newspaper Cup tournament has become an annual event in the country.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

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Davies, Eva win Series Three Table Tennis Competition

Isaac Davies from the Potsports team and Eva Adom Amankwaa from the Ghana Army have been crowned winners of the Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) Series Three competition played at the Hathiramani Hall of the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.

Davies defeated Godwin Alabi from Hopes team for the first position, while Augustine Baidoo winner of the Series One tournament came third with Samuel Hagan from Potsports placing fourth.

In the women’s division, Eva Adom Amankwaa from the Ghana Army came first followed by Bernice Borle Borquaye from the Ghana Navy team whereas Beatrice Gyasi and Frema Cecelia from the Police team placed third and fourth respectively.

Speaking to the GNA Sports after the competition, Davies expressed his excitement and pledged to win more medals in the coming years.

He said, ‘I want to use this platform to thank the President of the federation, organisers, coaches and referees for organising the tournament as part of the preparations towards the Africa Games to be held in Ghana’.

Madam Amankwa winner of the women’s said the competition was not easy but through hard work she was able to win.

She said, ‘this competition wasn’t easy at all, it was by the Grace of the God almighty and my hard work that made me to win’.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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Otjozondjupa challenging netball defending champion Khomas in Newspaper Cup finals

The Otjozondupa regional football team will play against Oshana Region in the semi-finals, while Kavango West will face Hardap in the 21st edition of The Namibian Newspaper Cup underway at Otjiwarongo.

The regional teams that qualified for the finals and semi-finals in the football and netball games were officially announced Sunday afternoon by Namibian Football Association (NFA) national organising committee member, Cassius Moetie at the Paresis Sports Complex.

“The semi-finals will be played on Monday morning with the winners of the two football matches then qualifying to play the finals, set for Monday afternoon at 14h00,” said Moetie.

Loser teams in the semi-finals’ football groups will also face each other on Monday in order for them to qualify for the third and fourth positions, he added.

In netball, four teams also played each other to qualify for the final games, as well as the third and fourth positions.

The Otjozondjupa netball team will now play Khomas in the finals, while the Omaheke and Kavango West regions’ netball teams will face each other to fight for the third slot.

Khomas is the defending champion in the netball, while the Zambezi Region’s football team which was the defending champion, was knocked out on Sunday by the Otjozondjupa Region by 3 goals to nil.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

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No quarter-finals stage at newspaper cup

The Namibian Football Association (NFA) announced on Sunday that there will be no quarter-finals played at The Namibian Newspaper Cup tournament underway at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondupa Region.

Member of the NFA local organising committee, Tim Isaacs in an interview with Nampa said all the 14 regional teams participating in the 21st edition of the Newspaper Cup are aware of the ‘no quarter-finals’ development.

“We will get straight into the semi-finals of the tournament with only four teams that accumulate top points in football,” he said.

Isaacs said the other 10 regional football teams will then be dropped off from the tournament.

The four teams that will proceed, are all coming from the four groups of the tournament.

The 2023 Newspaper Cup officially kicked off here at Otjiwarongo’s Paresis Sports Complex on Friday morning, and it will come to an end on Monday with the crowning of the new champions in both football and netball categories.

Zambezi Region is the defending champion in football, while in netball it is the Khomas Region.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

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Angola’s judo squad win African junior Cup

Angola’s National Judo Team won Friday in Luanda the Junior African Cup, with four gold medals, 10 silver and 15 bronze.

The four athletes who won the gold medals are Eldimira Segunda (- 48 Kg), Domingas Jaime (- 63 Kg), Suzana Quimbambata (- 78 Kg) and Santos Sebastião (- 81 Kg).

During the competition held at the Kilamba sports pavilion, the athletes Vânia Quissua (- 48 Kg), Augusto Dala (- 66 Kg), Sónia Lourenço (- 52 Kg), Yola Piedade (- 57 Kg), Cresmila Jaime (- 63 Kg), Josefa João (-70 Kg), Zeferino Gabriel (-73 Kg), Odete Pedro (-78 Kg), José Eduardo (-81 Kg) and Nega Silva (-100 Kg) snatched the silver medals.

On the other hand, Vânia Gabriel, Maria Segunda (- 48 kg), More Tchihaluca (- 52 kg), Neomia Bundy (- 57 kg), Barros Menezes (- 60 kg), Paula Gaspar (- 63 kg), Cornélio Chimbinba, Célcio Cândido and Carlos Augusto (- 66 Kg), Leonardo Rabacal (- 60 Kg), Carlos Augusto (- 66 Kg), Joana Moundo (- 57 Kg), David Caterca (- 81 Kg), Marta Gabriel (- 70 Kg) and Yunilde Lopes (- 78 Kg) won the bronze medals.

In the overall standings, Angola edged second-placed Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with two golds and one bronze and third-placed Senegal with one gold and one silver

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

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Nigerian weightlifter Olarinonye appointed to Athletes Commission

Nigerian weightlifter, Adenike Olarinoye has been appointed as member of the Athlete’s Commission of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA).

A statement from Tony Nezianya, Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) on Thursday said the appointment was approved at an ANOCA forum held in Algiers, Algeria.

Nezianya also quoted NOC Secretary-General, Tunde Poopola, in a congratulatory message that Olarinoye’s exploit in weightlifting earned her the international appointment.

“There’s no doubt that your appointment is a pride to you but the NOC as well and improve your personal growth generally in sports.

“Once again and on behalf of members of the Olympic Family, we praise this outstanding achievement,” the statement quoted Poopola as saying.

Olarinoye who is of the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, represented Nigeria at the 2019 African Games which is her maiden African Games appearance.

She claimed three medals including two gold medals and silver medal in the women’s 55 kg weightlifting event.

The athlete also created a new African record in weightlifting in the clean and jerk category by lifting 116 kg during the 2019 African Games.

At the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK she won the gold medal with two new Commonwealth Games Records, 92kg in snatch and 203 kg overall.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Nigeria wins 3rd game against Ghana at NCF Women’s Invitational

Nigeria has won her third game against Ghana by 62 runs at the ongoing Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) Women’s Invitational in Lagos.

The game at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) Cricket Oval on Friday, saw the Ghanaian team win toss and opted to field.

Nigeria had a slow start to the game but usual suspects Salome Sunday 27(18) and Agatha Obulor 25(34) helped kept the scoreboard ticking for the Nigerian side.

The hosts eventually sailed to 120 runs for the loss of four wickets in 20 overs.

In the second innings, Ghana relied on Rasidatu Salia 20(29) and Komalpreet Grewal 11(23) to help see the side reach the target but their efforts wasn’t enough.

Nigeria’s Racheal Samson 4/18 and Peculiar Agboya 2/18 did the damage against the Ghanaian side as they limited their West African rivals to 58 for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs.

After the game, Rhyda Ofori, Captain of the Ghanaian side, said there are lots of lessons garnered so far from the tournament.

“We lost all our matches in the tournament, but it’s not the end of Women’s cricket in Ghana.

“We have learnt some lessons here and we will take it home and improve on our game. Hopefully, we will come back better and stronger,” Ofori said.

On her part, Blessing Etim, Captain of the Nigerian team, lauded her team’s efforts, adding however that they needed to do more.

“The win means a lot to us because we have put up a great effort and teamwork to ensure that we go unbeaten throughout this tournament.

“Although we need to come through with our batting and bring our ‘A’ game as well as we face Rwanda on Saturday,” Etim added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ghana has exited the tournament, losing all of its matches to Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, along side Nigeria.

Meanwhile, host Nigeria will face Rwanda in the last group game while Sierra Leone will face Cameroon, both on Saturday.

The tournament, which began on Monday, is expected to end on Sunday.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Angola hosts African swimming event

After the 2015 Edition, Angola will once again host the African Championship in zone VI in swimming, from 3 to 7 May, at the Alvalade swimming pool, in Luanda, said this Wednesday to ANGOP the president of the Angolan Federation of this sport, Joaquim Santos.

The event should count on the participation of more than 14 teams, namely, South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Comoros, and Uganda complete the range of competitors, according to the interlocutor.

The competition that had been initially nominated for Madagascar, which ended up declining, was assigned to Malawi, which also appeared unavailable, so Angola received the task of organizing it, on appeal.

According to the federative programme, from the 3rd to the 6th of May the athletes compete in the pure swimming event (swimming pool), and on the 7th of the same month, the XIX Edition of the biggest event in the region ends with long distance events, in open waters, on the island of Luanda.

Swimmers Pedro Pinotes (individual) Salvador Gordo, Daniel Francisco, Marco Furtado, Silvério Manuel, Carlos Fernandes, Luyane Costa, Yusseni Furtado, Djamel Pires, Enzo Anjos and Yano Elias (1º de Agosto) were pre-summoned.

Also listed are Luciano Afonso (Onda Sport Club), Henrique Mascarenhas, Alex Fortes, Janel Tati, Rafael Bredel, José Cochofel, David Padre, Guilherme Sousa, Kenzo Monteiro, Santiago Guimarães (CNIL).

In females, the shortlist includes Lia Lima, Jasmine Lourenço, Aleksandra Zhukov, Stephanie Jurado, Inês Clemente, Nayara Carvalho, Beatriz Pedro, Kenenise Vongo, all from 1º de Agosto club.

Ana Nunes, Maria Freitas, N’Hara Fernandes, Rafaela Santos, Welwichia Silva, Inara Santos, Milena Lourenço, Nyriam Morais, Rhanya Santo, Chelsea Vunge, Wezza Morais, Wendy Morais (CNIL), Alexia Vieira (individual) and Nelma Janota (OSC) complete the group.

In the field of open water competition, the country will be represented by Guilherme Sousa, Kenzo Monteiro (CNIL), Marco Furtado, Silvério Manuel and Carlos Fernandes (1º Agosto).

In females, they include Nyriam Morais, Rhanya Santo, Wendy Morais, Wezza Morais and Chelsea Vunge (CNIL), Stephanie Jurado, Inês Clemente, Nayara Carvalho, Beatriz Pedro, Kenenise Vongo (1º de Agosto).

In the first event of its kind organized in the country, eight years ago, the National Team placed 3rd in the general classification, with 61 medals, 22 gold, 21 silver and 18 bronze

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

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Angola trains manoeuvring boats for African Sailing Championship

Boat manoeuvring training will dominate, as of Wednesday, in Luanda, the second week of preparation of the National Optimist Sailing Team, with a view to the African Championship, to be held from 2 to 9 May, in the Kingdom of Morocco.

The information was provided to ANGOP, by the national coach, Moisés Camota, who also highlighted the adjustment of the sailor’s movement in the curves, in order to avoid irregular tricks that compromise the score.

He said that after this, the position keeping control will be tested, as a way of managing the opposing pressure and the movement of the wind.

The group, which kicked off work last week, has already reviewed the race course, pre-start techniques, tackling management and other techniques.

In the continental event, the national combined team aim to revalidate the title.

Angola was crowned African champion for the first time in the 2016 Edition, held in Luanda, followed by achievements in Egypt 2017, Seychelles Islands 2019 and South Africa 2022.

In addition to the National Team, representatives from Egypt, Tanzania, Sudan, Tunisia and the host Morocco are confirmed, as well as guest counterparts from Argentina, Canada, Australia, Brazil, France, Spain and the UAE.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

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Twin penalty strikes earn Rangers Int’l 2-1 win over Bayelsa Utd in Awka

Rangers Int’l FC of Enugu on Sunday secured the three points at stake in their Day 10 match in the 2022/2022 abridged national league encounter with Bayelsa Utd at the Awka Township Stadium.

The visitors from Yenagoa had gone ahead through Alax Oyowah in the 36th minute after absorbing a number of attacks by the hosts.

But Rangers returned to parity through a penalty through Godwin Obaje in the 48th minute and later went ahead in the 87th minute when Chidera Ezeh curled a spot kick into the net.

The victory which is the first after the break, placed the Flying Antelopes on seventh position on the log of the Group B after three wins, three draws and four loses in the National Professional Football League (NPFL).

In a post-match press conference, Rangers Coach Mbwas Mangut described the victory as hard fought and well deserved.

Mangut said his team remained a work in progress as their performance wasn’t the best they could offer while pouring encomiums on the competitive prowess of the visitors.

He said they placed more emphasis on garnering more points in their away games and ensuring that they do not drop any point at home.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Sack Peseiro from Super Eagles job now, 3 sports writers urge NFF

Three sports journalists based in Abuja on Sunday urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to relieve Jose Peseiro of his Super Eagles Head Coach job before it is too late.

They made the call following the Eagles’ 0-1 loss to Guinea Bissau on Friday in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

Romanus Ugwu, a sports writer and an Assistant Editor with the Sun Newspaper, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that retaining Peseiro was like holding on to expired drug.

“There is nothing we can do unless the NFF takes action, but if you ask me, I will automatically ask for the sack of Peseiro because he has not given us anything.

“Subsequently I will have to decide whether to watch Super Eagles match. I can’t be devastated like this all the time after Super Eagles match.

“I have learnt not to invest emotions in the team because I know that certainly they will disappoint.

“I am not surprised with the outcome of the game but I expected that after we lost the World Cup ticket to Ghana, that we are going to see something else.

“All of a sudden, we are seeing thunder striking twice at the same place,” Ugwu said.

For Ndubueze Chidoka, Chairman of a faction of the FCT Chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), noted that everything about the country’s football was on the decline.

“I am disappointed that the Eagles could not fly considering the fact that we are nursing the pain of not qualifying for the World Cup when Ghana came to deny us the ticket at this same venue.

“And many football fans were looking up to the Super Eagles to make up in subsequent matches.

“It was unfortunate that the Super Eagles lost to Guinea Bissau barely 42 hours after the under-23 team drew against Guinea.

“This is a humiliation. The worst would have been a draw. For Guinea to come here and defeat us means that we don’t have a team and a coach.

“Everything about our football is going down drastically and something urgent must be done,” Chidoka said.

A former chairman of FCT SWAN, Victor Iroele, on his part said a lot of factors contributed to the team’s lacklustre performance in recent times.

Iroele noted that weather and the pitch could be contributing factors to the poor show of the team.

But he added that the technical crew had a lot of work to do if they would be retained

“NFF needs to apply the big stick if necessary, to save the country from further embarrassing outings and to ensure the country did not miss the AFCON ticket, the way it missed the World Cup ticket.”

Source: News Agency of Nigeria