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Praise flows in for Proteas captain

South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir described captain AB de Villiers as the best player of the century after the skipper smashed a whirlwind, undefeated 162 against the West Indies at the World Cup.
De Villiers made his runs off just 66 balls as South Africa raced to the second-highest World Cup total of 408 for five on Friday.South Africa won by 257 runs with De Villiers making the second fastest World Cup century off just 52 balls.
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England can still make last eight-Morgan

England captain Eoin Morgan insisted he was still confident of reaching the World Cup quarter-finals, despite yesterday's " hard to take" nine-wicket loss against Sri Lanka.
The defeat leaves England on the brink of an early exit after heavy losses to New Zealand and Australia in their opening matches.
England's final Pool A matches against Bangladesh and Afghanistan now loom as must-win clashes but Morgan said he had not considered failing to make the last eight.
" It's not even a thought at the moment -two games to win to get us into the quarter-final," he said.
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Van Gaal admits Di Maria struggling at United

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal confessed that Angel di Maria is struggling to adjust to English football after substituting him at half-time of United's 2-0 win over Sunderland.
After a promising start to his career in England, following a club-record £59.7 million (N$1.074 billion) transfer from Real Madrid, the form of the Argentina international has dipped.
Di Maria has scored just once for United since the start of October and, after an ineffective first half against Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday, he was taken off at the interval by Van Gaal.
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No stopping magnificent Seibeb

Raul Costa Seibeb delivered a superbly timed tactical race to win the 100km Nedbank Cycle Challenge Road Race in Windhoek yesterday morning.The race, which has been dubbed as ‘The Greatest Ride Under the Sun’, had started at Nedbank Namibia’s Independence Avenue branch with 1050 cyclists entering the various race categories.As it turned out, it was Seibeb who again stole the headlines as he claimed his third successive win in the elite event.The victory also adds to his crown as national marathon cycling champion, which he won during last weekend’s Nedbank Mountain Bike Cycle Challenge.Yest Read more about No stopping magnificent Seibeb

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Coastal teams knocked out as big guns progress in Bidvest Cup

Citizens defeated Swakopmund Football Club (SFC) 3-1, Young Chiefs defeated Touch & Go 2-1, Eleven Arrows thrashed Kangweru Black Tops 4-1 and Unam eliminated Walvis Bay outfit, Blue Waters with a 1-0 victory in Bidvest Cup Round of 16 matches in Kuisebmond on Saturday.
These results concluded the weekend’s action with Orlando Pirates having beaten Java Java 5-0 while Black Africa beat Rebels 1-0 in Windhoek on Friday.
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Brave Warriors captain not underestimating Cosafa Cup foes

Namibia’s national football team captain, Ronald Ketjijere is convinced Namibia’s opponents at this year’s Cosafa Cup should not be taken lightly.
This is after the Brave Warriors was drawn to play Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe during the group stages of the tournament, which takes place in South Africa from May 17-31.
“My thoughts are that there are no small or big teams anymore as far as the African continent is concerned,” he told Namibian Sun over the weekend.
With that in mind, he has called on the team to prepare extensively.
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NPL administrator laments playing format

MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) administrator, Tovey Hoebeb admitted on national television that the organisation is not happy with the current set-up where teams play two matches in a weekend.
Speaking as a guest on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation’s (NBC) Soccer Pitch show last Thursday, Hoebeb said the current status quo is not healthy for local football.
“The way we are packaging it is wrong because on Saturday you’ll have peak games, but on Sunday, the performance is down,” he said.
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Third year for KIA MTB Series

The third straight season of hugely popular KIA mountain bike series –one of Namibia’s prime cycling events– was launched in Windhoek last Wednesday.
The series will consist of six races in total, kicking off with the Klein Aus Vista event on May 2.
This route is widely considered to be one of the most spectacularly scenic routes in all Namibia.
The series will then continue with the Otjiwa race (May 16), Dundee Tsumeb (June 20), Ugab Terrace (July 18), Skyride (August 15) and finally conclude with the Daan Viljoen event on October 17.
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Trio flex Super 15 muscles

New Zealand’s Wellington Hurricanes and Waikato Chiefs, along with South Africa’s Western Stormers, have emerged as the form teams after the opening three rounds of Super Rugby.
The Hurricanes, Chiefs and Stormers remain unbeaten while South Africa’s Central Cheetahs have yet to lose in two outings.
The Wellington-based Hurricanes showed they could be genuine contenders this season with an overwhelming 42-13 win over the Western Force in Perth on their way home from winning two games in South Africa.
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Popeye’ McCullum gets all-clear after Johnson arm ball

New Zealand are confident that captain Brendon McCullum will be fit for next Sunday’s World Cup clash against Afghanistan despite taking a nasty blow on his left arm from Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.
McCullum hit a quick fire 50 in Saturday’s tension-packed one-wicket win over the four-time champions at Eden Park, but needed lengthy treatment on his swollen forearm.
However, coach Mike Hesson expects McCullum to be fit for the remainder of the pool stage matches even though the Black Caps have already made sure of their place in the quarter-finals.
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