I won but could not upset their business -Ngannou

Former UFC world heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou has admitted that he won his debut fight with WBC Tyson Fury, but was robbed of his victory.

“I won that fight, there is no question about it. But you know, and even before getting here, I knew! I knew like if this fight gets to a decision, I am not winning, not because I didn’t do good, but because I am a new guy in the house. I come here and just wanna you know, kick into people’s business.” Ngannou told reporters.

The PFL Africa Coordinator noted that the system is very strong and one does not really need to win by decision especially if you are making a debut, you need a strong force to give a knockout, “I know there is a structured business out there and you need to do a lot to destroy it, that is why it will be upset for them. I wasn’t expecting to just win like that in the decision”

Francis Ngannou was beaten by Tyson Fury after the Judges split the decision with two voting in favor of the English Boxer and one in favor of the Cameroonian.

Saturday’s fight in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia witnessed the presence of former WBC champion, Mike Tyson, who was Ngannou’s personal trainer, world football star, Christiano Ronaldo, singer, Kanye West ( Ye) among others.

It was the Cameroinaisn’s first appearance in a boxing ring but he wowed everyone with a heavy punch in the third round that left Fury falling on the floor.

Ngannou is set to go home with more than FCFA Six billion, about 10 million USD.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Lakeside teams dominate grape companies tournament at Aussenkehr

KEETMANSHOOP: The Lakeside Grape Company football and netball teams were both declared champions of the 21st Namibia Grape Company (NGC) sports tournament on Saturday.

The tournament took place between 21 and 28 October and involved 18 football teams, 16 netball teams, 14 volleyball teams and 13 tug-of-war teams from the nine grape companies at Aussenkehr, as well as local government employees.

The winning football team received N.dollars 6 900 in cash, a floating trophy and 15 gold medals, while the netball team received N.dollars 3 500, a floating trophy and 10 gold medals.

The Riverside Vineyard team secured second place in football, earning N.dollars 4 500 and 15 silver medals, while Broadland Grapes and Fairview received N.dollars 3 700 and N.dollars 2 900 respectively for finishing in third and fourth place.

In the netball competition, Broadland took second place, winning N.dollars 2 500 and 10 silver medals, while Frontier A and Cape Orchard Company received N.dollars 2 000 and N.dollars 1 500 respectively for coming in third and fourth place, respectively.

In the volleyball event, NGC B claimed first place and received N.dollars 3 200 and 15 gold medals. Hillside Vineyard secured second place with N.dollars 2 000, followed by the Broadland Grapes team, which received N.dollars 1 600. NDC A received N.dollars 1 200 for coming in fourth.

In the tug-of-war contest, Riverside received N.dollars 2 400 and 15 gold medals for first place, while Fairview earned N.dollars 1 500 for second place. NGC A received N.dollars 1 200 for third place, and the Government team won N.dollars 900 for fourth place.

One of the tournament’s organizers, Wilhelm Kahupi, stated at the beginning of the tournament that it is part of NGC’s social responsibility to the community of grape producers and aims to unite green scheme growers through sports.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Omahake Pst Bet Governor’s Cup Underway

GOBABIS: The Omaheke Governor’s Cup commenced at the Legare Stadium in Gobabis in the Omaheke region.

The tournament was officiated by the Omaheke Governor, Pijoo Nganate, who said that young people should take this opportunity to showcase their talent and skills as the regional leaders are paving ways for them.

“As much as this is called the Governor’s cup, this is the governor’s event it is a regional event. It belongs to all of us, should belong to every person in Omaheke and every person in Omaheke must attached him or herself with this event,” Nganate indicated.

Nganate at the same occasion urged the Gobabis municipality and all the other towns in the region to enforce by-laws that control the use of alcohol, especially among the young people in the region, as according to him, the alcohol and drunk abuse has become a problem in the region and contributes to the hunger and poverty in the region.

“Our children should not be disturbed the whole night and go to school tired the next morning, so the issue of noise pollution, the issue of alcohol abuse and the unabated operation of alcohol outlet it must be something of the past in the Omaheke, because this is also one of the main contributing factors to poverty and the issue of malnutrition,” he said.

The Omaheke Regional Chairperson, Ignasius Gariseb, said that the event is the testament of the commitment by the regional leaders for nurturing diversity, sport and recreation system within their region.

“A system that empowers participation, foster talent development and enhance the overall health and wellbeing of individuals of communities through our region. Today we come together to create a platform, not only for the spirited competition among the seven constituencies, but also to discover the regional talents that will proudly represent our region in at regional, national and international events,” he emphasised.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Khuse Lions, Quelle Royal triumph at Dr Nandi-Ndaitwah tournament

OPUWO: Oshakati-based North East First Division Stream team Khuse Lions Football Club and Quelle Royals from Opuwo were crowned champions in the football and netball categories of the Dr Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah tournament held at Opuwo.

En route to the final, the inaugural edition tournament held at Opuwo’s Newman Katuta’s stadium at the weekend, saw northern boys defeating Gobabis Boys FC in the semi-finals by a 2-1 scoreline before defeating Okambuku FC in the final by a 5-4 penalty shootout after a one-all draw in regulation time.

Quelle Royals, who lost their opening game of the tournament by a slim 12-10 margin against Kunene NamPol, avenged themselves by thrashing Kunene NamPol by a score of 25 to 11.

Khuse Lions FC took home the trophy and N.dollars 25 000 as football winners. Okambuku won N.dollars 15,000 as runner-up, while Gobabis Boys and Arsenal FC each received N.dollars 5,000 as semi-finalists.

Quelle Royals walked away N.dollars 10,000 and a trophy as netball champions, Kunene NamPol took home N.dollars 5,000 in second place, while the Putuavanga Secondary School netball team and Opuwo Youth team each received N.dollars 2 500 as semi-finalists.

Namwater won the tag-of-war category, taking home N.dollars 2 500, followed by the host Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who won N.dollars 1 000 in a two-horse race.

After edging out Otjozondjupa NamPol, who took home N.dollars 3 000, and Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who took home N.dollars 1 000 in third place, the Rebels Volleyball team walked away with the trophy and N.dollars 5 000.

The themed ‘Youth Revival in Sports,’ drew 32 football, 11 netball, four volleyball, and three tag-of-war teams.

Taunodja Mbinge, one of the tournament organisers, on Monday hailed the tournament a success owing to the teams’ stellar conduct and prompt event management. The organisers intend to have a similar competition next year, he said.

Dr Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah while launching the tournament at the weekend said, such tournaments, including the ongoing Debmarine Namibia Premier Football League, have sparked the concept to prioritise investing in sports infrastructure and allocating resources in order to provide equal access to sports facilities for all young people.

“By doing so, we can foster a culture that encourages and supports the youth in their sports endeavours,” she said.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Victoria United living its highest nightmare in MTN Elite One

Opopo has gone four straight matches without a win.

This is coming after the president of Opopo, Nkwain Valentine, declared that he was going to be the champion of Cameroon this season after his team’s victory at the launch of the season.

Victoria United beat Fourve Azur 2-1 in that encounter.

Since then, Opopo has become a shadow of itself, going for four matches without a win.

They were beaten by Cotton Sport of Garoua in Garoua 1-0, stade Renard beat them at home 2-1, and Fovu Club of Baham beat them 2-1. A match that saw the players of Opopo interrupting play for almost 12 minutes, in protest of a controversial penalty against them.

The most recent is the fixtures of October 21, 2023, where the Limbe-based team did not show up for the game.

Victoria United was hosting Apejes of Mfou on day five of MTN Elite One at home.

Everything was set for the game, tickets were bought, and a technical meeting between the two teams was held. In the end, even with the massive turnout of supporters, only Apejes showed up for the match.

Till now, Victoria United has not made any official statement as regards what happened on Saturday

“If this team is not sanctioned, then it will be clear evidence that the team is being favored by the Fecafoot president” a fan commented on a Facebook post.

“I got info from a source that the game has been pushed to 9 pm Cameroon time. So let’s just wait and see” another said.

On the morning of October 21, the president of Victoria United Mr Nkwain Valentine made a coded declaration unknown to many.

” I am not in football for any gain or to seek for position from the Cameroon Football Federation or the Government,” the president said.

Football lovers are still trying to figure out if his declaration has anything to do with the team’s absence.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Shivolo and Dam crowned new champions of Omaruru street mile

OMARURU: Namibian Correctional Service athletes David Dam and Martha Shivolo were crowned champions of the Erongo Power Save Omaruru Street Mile on Saturday, after outclassing a star-studded field of athletes to win the race.

In the men’s category, Dam came first ahead of his colleague Rainhold Tomas and Namibian Defence Force athlete Wilhem Hangula.

Dam clocked a time of 4 minutes, 15 seconds and two tenths (04:15:2) while Tomas was just behind him with a time of 04:16:4. Hangula took the last podium place with a time of 04:16:8.

In the women’s category, Shivolo continued with her dominance of the Namibian long-distance running by outclassing Alina Armas and Beata Jeremia. She was crowned the new Omaruru Street Mile winner for the first time.

Shivolo clocked 04.55.6 while Armas clocked 04:58.04 and Jeremia took the last podium place with a time of 04:59:6.

The Omaruru Street Mile race sees runners compete over 1.6 kilometres, and a total of 1,402 athletes participated, including runners from the Orapa Athletics Club from Botswana.

Beata Naigambo won the women’s veteran category, and Mathew Kadhingula won the men’s category in the veteran category.

Siegunde Gontes won the masters’ women’s category by smashing the course record in that category in half. She clocked 06:52.7 for a course record of 12:09:34. Christopher Ndunga won the men’s category with a time of 04:37.6.

Frans Nyanjukweni from the Omusati region clocked 05:06:1 in the junior women category, breaking the course record that stood at 05:13.2. The National 1500-meter champion Sara Shikongo came second.

Maria Lita of Omusati also broke the primary girls’ record with a time of 05:34.5. The record stood at 05:37.5.

Roodley Gowaseb won the wheelchair category with a new course record of 03:17.1. His teammate Nico Kharuxab came second with a time of 04:13.4. Gabriel Nishililwa, who used a hand cycle, won this category but was given third prize. The course record in this category was 05:58.2.

Berthold Karumendu, the event organiser and Sports Officer at the Ministry of Sport, Youth, and National Service in the Erongo region, expressed his satisfaction with the 10th Omaruru Street Mile in an interview with Nampa. He also said that he looks forward to expanding the event further next year.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Players’ bonus must not be toyed with: Mannetti

WINDHOEK: Former Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti is optimistic about Namibia’s representation at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), if the team is well-prepared and fairly compensated.

The official draw for the 2023 Ivory Coast TotalEnergies Confederation of African Football (CAF) Afcon finals was held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast last week, with Namibia placed in Group E alongside neighbours South Africa, Mali, and Tunisia.

The tournament will be held in six venues across the Ivory Coast from 13 January to 11 February 2024, with Namibia based in the northern city of Korhogo.

In an interview with Nampa on Friday, Mannetti stated that the draw has many similarities to that of the 2019 group that Namibia last competed in at the Afcon finals in Egypt.

“The technical team includes Collin Benjamin and Ronny Kanalelo, who have been there before, and about 12 players who played at the 2019 Afcon are still in the squad. Mali replaces Ivory Coast from West Africa, while Tunisia replaces Morocco from North Africa, and South Africa remains in the same group as Namibia, as it was in 2019,” he said.

Mannetti believes that Namibia can give a better representation next year than it did in 2019 if everything is done according to the coach and technical team’s wishes.

“As we prepare for the upcoming competition, winning a game and surprising Group E is definitely possible, and I remain optimistic. However, it is crucial that we prioritise preparation and not take the hard work of our players for granted. They have worked tirelessly to secure our spot in this competition, and we must ensure that we do not compromise their bonuses if we want to compete at the highest level possible,” Mannetti said.

Mannetti, who has represented Namibia as a player and coach at Afcon, stated that in 2019, the team did not have good preparation therefore government and corporate Namibia should work hand in hand with the Namibia Football Association to financially support the team in preparing well for the competition.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency