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

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

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

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

Miller proud to wear national colours at Olympics

WINDHOEK: Namibia’s road cyclist and mountain biker Alex Miller says it is always an honour to wear Namibian colours, and he is eagerly looking forward to representing the country with pride at the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics.

Miller, who finished 31st in the Mountain Bike event at his first Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, will make his second appearance at the global championship, representing the country in the Men’s Cross-Country event on 29 July 2024.

Team Namibia will be sending four athletes for the Olympics scheduled from 26 July to 11 August 2024. The athletes will compete in cycling (road and mountain biking), swimming, and marathon running.

In an interview with Nampa recently, Miller, the 2019 Africa Games Cross-Country silver medallist and 2022 Commonwealth Games Cross-Country bronze medallist said representing Namibia at the Olympics is such an honour.

‘This will be my second Olympics and putting on the national jersey at such an iconic event is an honour. And gratitude should be given to those sup
porting me and making everything possible,’ he said.

Miller added that the Olympic Games symbolise the ultimate achievement in sports, and he is fully mentally and physically prepared for the tough race ahead.

‘When I get to the Olympics, I will assess my competition and then determine my possibilities. Nevertheless, participating in the competition is a privilege, and it’s always a challenging race,’ Miller said.

The 2024 National Cross-Country champion also said that he has returned home to intensify his training for the upcoming competition.

‘I was in Europe for a few weeks, but I am back home now to train here before I head to the games,’ said Miller pointing out that Namibia is a small cycling nation, and he is pleased to see organisers collaborating with sponsors to arrange races, enabling such cycling events to take place.

Source: The Namibia News Agency

Okalongo circuit tourney Friday

Tournament organiser Vaino Shimutwikeni in an interview with Nampa on Wednesday said the football and netball tournament is being organised by the Directorate of Education’s Okalongo circuit.:ournament organiser Vaino Shimutwikeni in an interview with Nampa on Wednesday said the football and netball tournament is being organised by the Directorate of Education’s Okalongo circuit.

According to Shimutwikeni, the circuit has put aside an amount of N.dollars 23 000 to ensure the success of hosting the tournament and awarding of prizes.

He stressed that the primary purpose of the tournament is to bring teachers and the corporate world together to share their expertise as well as ideas on their various working professions and environment, to contribute towards progress within the educational sector.

Moreover, Shimutwikeni stated that teachers will be able to engage one another on various educational aspects, share knowledge, skills and be able to know each other for future educational assistances as part of team
building in line with ministerial policies.

He noted that the tournament is open for players from various education circuits, however, there will be a verification process of national identity as well as proof of employment for the organisation that players will be representing.

Okalongo circuit is one of the highest populated circuits in the Omusati Region with a population of 13 800 learners and 26 schools.

Source: The Namibia News Agency

Miller proud to wear national colours at Olympics

WINDHOEK: Namibia’s road cyclist and mountain biker Alex Miller says it is always an honour to wear Namibian colours, and he is eagerly looking forward to representing the country with pride at the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics.

Miller, who finished 31st in the Mountain Bike event at his first Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, will make his second appearance at the global championship, representing the country in the Men’s Cross-Country event on 29 July 2024.

Team Namibia will be sending four athletes for the Olympics scheduled from 26 July to 11 August 2024. The athletes will compete in cycling (road and mountain biking), swimming, and marathon running.

In an interview with Nampa recently, Miller, the 2019 Africa Games Cross-Country silver medallist and 2022 Commonwealth Games Cross-Country bronze medallist said representing Namibia at the Olympics is such an honour.

‘This will be my second Olympics and putting on the national jersey at such an iconic event is an honour. And gratitude should be given to those sup
porting me and making everything possible,’ he said.

Miller added that the Olympic Games symbolise the ultimate achievement in sports, and he is fully mentally and physically prepared for the tough race ahead.

‘When I get to the Olympics, I will assess my competition and then determine my possibilities. Nevertheless, participating in the competition is a privilege, and it’s always a challenging race,’ Miller said.

The 2024 National Cross-Country champion also said that he has returned home to intensify his training for the upcoming competition.

‘I was in Europe for a few weeks, but I am back home now to train here before I head to the games,’ said Miller pointing out that Namibia is a small cycling nation, and he is pleased to see organisers collaborating with sponsors to arrange races, enabling such cycling events to take place.

Source: The Namibia News Agency