UNAM Jaguars and NCS collect much-needed points

WINDHOEK: MTC Netball Namibia Premier League (NNPL) teams UNAM Jaguars Netball Club and reigning champions Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) both put on strong performances to secure maximum points on Saturday.

Rounds 21 and 22 of the NNPL were held here at the Khomasdal Stadium on Saturday and Sunday.

In the opening match of the Premier League on Saturday, NCS maintained their lead at the top of the standings after outclassing Afrocat Lions 52-33.

The match was largely one-sided as NCS proved too strong for their opponents. NCS came into the game at the top of the standings, tied on 22 points with the Namibian Navy, who are currently in second place.

In another Premier League fixture, UNAM Jaguars, currently in ninth place and fighting relegation, put on an impressive performance to dominate the fifth-placed Tigers. The youthful UNAM team led the match in the first three quarters, but Tigers’ experience prevailed in the final quarter. However, it was too late for them as they lost 38-35.

This win will
see UNAM move to 10 points in the standings, while Tigers will remain on 13 points.

During an interview with Nampa on Sunday, Netball Namibia president Rebecca Goagoses expressed her excitement about this year’s championship, both at the top of the table and in the relegation battle.

‘During a benchmarking trip to Netball South Africa, we adopted a concept used by them. Under this concept, the teams ending ninth and tenth at the end of the season will go for a playoff instead of being relegated automatically. The bottom two teams, 11th and 12th will be relegated,’ she said.

Goagoses added that so far, everything has been running as anticipated, and the league will be completed as scheduled.

‘The competition among the top three teams this year has been impressive. The Namibian Navy team has always finished third or second. I hope this year they will not drop the ball and surprise everyone by winning the league, as they have been very close in the last three seasons but never took the title,’ Goagoses said.

Goagoses added that the newly promoted Eastern Chiefs from Kavango East have proven to be a formidable outfit, playing exciting netball and giving other teams a run for their money.

Source: The Namibia News Agency

UNAM victorious to remain top of Rugby Premier League table

WINDHOEK: On Saturday, the University of Namibia (UNAM) rugby team collected maximum points away from home to remain at the top of the Namibia Rugby Premier League log standing.

Round 13 of the Premier League saw FNB UNAM locking horns with Rehoboth and a determined UNAM ran havoc on their opponents scoring seven tries of which five were converted for a 47-07 win.

The win saw them extend their lead to seven points at the top. They now have 60 points out of 13 games compared to their close rival Wanderers who have 53 points from 12 matches played thus far.

Over the weekend, FNB Wanderers secured a 40-23 victory against FNB Rehoboth. The team, based in Pioneers Park, scored six tries, five of which were converted.

UNAM only suffered two defeats in 13 games this season, a record that matches Wanderers’ performance, as they’ve also lost only two out of 12 matches played.

In other Premier League matches, Trustco United, the defending champions, defeated FNB Western Suburbs 41-28, bringing them closer to FNB G
rootfontein in the league log standings.

Grootfontein hold the fourth position with 32 points from 12 matches, while United are in fifth place with 31 points.

FNB Kudus, from Walvis Bay, emerged victorious in a coastal derby against Simonis Storm Dolphins of Swakopmund with a 57-18 win. This victory solidified Kudus’ third-place standing and extended their points to 48.

After rounds 12 and 13 of the Premier League, Reho Falcons, who lost at home to Wanderers, are in sixth place with 26 points.

Western Suburbs, who were defeated by United, are in seventh place with 23 points. FNB Rehoboth hold the eighth position with 20 points, and the Dolphins remain at the bottom of the standings with 5 points.

Source: The Namibia News Agency

Coetzee says Welwitschias could have done better against Burkina Faso

WINDHOEK: National senior rugby team, the Welwitschias’ head coach Allister Coetzee says their first game against Burkina Faso at the ongoing Rugby Africa Champions was ‘off-colour’.

The 2024 Rugby Africa Cup kicked off on Saturday, 20 July in Kampala, Uganda and will run until Sunday, 28 July 2024. The tournament features the top eight unions across Africa and is being held at the refurbished Mandela National Stadium and Wankulukuku Stadium.

Despite starting their defence of the continental championship with a 38-5 victory against Burkina Faso, the head coach said on Sunday that their performance in the opening game did not start as they had hoped.

‘We were off-colour, we made a lot of unforced errors in our set pieces especially the line-out, where we were supposed to apply pressure,’ he said.

Coetzee added that the team not having points on the scoreboard in the opening 30 minutes of the match worked against their strategy.

‘We were under pressure from Burkina Faso as we missed a couple of kicks and w
e conceded seven penalties which were a lot in the first half, and with all these mistakes Burkina Faso grew in confidence and came at us,’ Coetzee said.

The coach stated that despite all these small obstacles their goal remains the same and they are looking forward to their next match in the competition.

‘Our goal was to win the first match which we did and we now have a lot of work against Zimbabwe who won their first match against host nation Uganda also on Saturday,’ he said.

Coetzee said that they are looking forward to that clash which they know is not going to be easy.

‘We are going to do our homework and prepare accordingly against them (Zimbabwe). We hope our next game won’t be an early one which will help with logistics, we know Zimbabwe has good players, but we are ready for this tough match,’ he said.

The semi-finals of the 2024 Rugby Africa Cup will feature Namibia against Zimbabwe at Mutesa II Stadium Wankulukuku on Wednesday, 24 July 2024.

Source: The Namibia News Agency

Cameroon Volleyball federation embroiled in pregnancy scandal

The Cameroonian Volleyball Federation has been rocked by a scandal involving allegations that its members have impregnated five players from the national youth female team.

The Federation’s legitimacy has also been thrown into question, with two presidents claiming to be the rightful leaders ( Serge Abouem and Bello Bourdane)

Serge Abouem, who claims to be the legitimate president of the Federation launched an investigation into the pregnancy allegations, distancing himself from any wrongdoing while accusing the opposing president and his staff

In a statement released by Abouem, he stated that FECAVOLLEY (Cameroonian Volleyball Federation) is not concerned with the ‘tumult of affairs’ and that the alleged immoral behavior is the responsibility of ‘certain impostors’ who are not affiliated with the Federation.

In response to Abouem’s statement, Equinox Television interviewed several women’s volleyball team members, including Marie Julia, Sandra Kenfack, and coach Luc Marcel of the U19 team, as well as Jose
ph Liboire, coach of the U17 team. All of them denied engaging in any sexual acts and confirmed that they were not pregnant.

Meanwhile, President Bello Bourdane has filed a complaint with legal authorities against those attempting to tarnish the reputation of the Federation. ‘We will not let anyone undermine our hard work and dedication to developing volleyball in Cameroon,’ he said in an interview.

Bello Bourdane happens to be the president recognized by the minister of sports, and also internationally but Serge Abouem who was reselected as president after his first mandate claims he is the legitimate president and has the fédérations Matricule.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Man on solo 320km trek for mental health

In a world still grappling with the aftermath of COVID-19, mental health challenges, especially among men, have become increasingly apparent.

The Delivery Room Foundation, a spiritual and mental health clinic based in Windhoek with outreaches throughout the country, has been at the forefront of addressing these issues.

Its chairperson, Elago Nantana, has taken on the mission to inspire and support men facing depression, hopelessness, and a lack of purpose, after witnessing a disturbing rise in suicide rates among men.

Nantana told Nampa in an interview on Saturday outside Arandis that he decided to take on a 321-kilometre solo trek from Okahandja to Walvis Bay, a journey which he themed ‘A walk of Mental Peace’. This is his third walk, in order to inspire men and encourage them to communicate freely about mental health issues.

‘We have seen a troubling rise in men committing suicide, feeling depressed, hopeless, and without purpose. There seemed to be no superhero to lift them up, so Delivery Room decided
to take action,’ he explained.

Nantana’s mission aims to break the stigma surrounding men’s mental health and therefore uses his own experiences to connect with other men, encouraging them to speak up and seek help.

‘Men often hesitate to speak about their struggles, leading to isolation and worsening mental health. Having overcome my own battles with depression, alcohol, and drug abuse, I understand this silence.’

In 2022, Nantana embarked on his first long walk from Oranjemund to Katima Mulilo, a journey which he described as not just a physical challenge but a symbolic gesture to encourage men not to give up.

It marked the beginning of a series of walks aimed at raising awareness about men’s mental health and providing them with a sense of hope.

‘By 2023, suicide rates among men were alarmingly high. I could not stand by and watch these rates climb, so I decided to walk to Ohangwena to encourage men once again, and through videos and personal stories, I have been working to inspire men not to give up,
‘ Nantana narrates.

Nantana’s current walk commenced over one week ago, averaging around 30 kilometres per day and had already covered about 200 kilometres during this interview.

He sets up camp to rest overnight before continuing his walk. He anticipates to arrive in Walvis Bay by Wednesday, where he will meet and talk to men about mental health issues.

Source: The Namibia News Agency

Minor boys allegedly raped by grandfather in Omusati

OSHAKATI: The Namibian Police Force in the Omusati Region are investigating a case of rape after two minor boys aged 3 and 5 years were allegedly assaulted by their 67-year-old grandfather.

Omusati crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Simaho said the incidents allegedly occurred during this month at Ongatudhiya village in the Elim Constituency.

‘It is alleged that the suspect who is the victims’ grandfather had sexual intercourse with the minors on various occasions,’ he said.

He added that the matter was reported to the police by the victims’ 31-year-old mother recently.

Simaho said the suspect is known but not yet arrested.

Police investigations into the matter continue.

Source: The Namibia News Agency

Founding President said to be recuperating well

WINDHOEK: Founding President Sam Nujoma is hospitalised as a routine and precautionary measure due to an infection given his advanced age, but is recuperating well.

This was according to a joint press statement issued on Sunday by the Founding President’s Personal Physician, Dr Tshalli Iithete and Senior Special Assistant to the Founding President, Paul Shipale.

Iithete and Shipale said that Nujoma is under the care of a competent and dedicated team of health practitioners comprising medical doctors and registered nurses, as well as specialists who are looking after him.

They further indicated that the medical team caring for Founding President Nujoma is satisfied and grateful for his strong recovery following his hospitalisation on Thursday.

‘He is recuperating very well and we are satisfied with his recovery progress,’ read the statement.

In addition, Iithete and Shipale called on Namibians to heed Nujoma’s timeless call of unity of purpose and action and letting their deeds be the candles that illumin
ate the path towards a brighter tomorrow, where unity reigns supreme and the echoes of his wisdom resound for eternity when he always says: ‘A people united, striving to achieve a common good for all the members of the society, will always emerge victorious.’

Source: The Namibia News Agency