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EP notch opening win in Windhoek

The Eastern Province Kings secured their first campaign win with a 31-18 (halftime 19-8) victory over the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias XV in their new provincial tournament rugby fixture at Hage Geingob Stadium, Windhoek, on Saturday.
The Kings scored five tries to two to finally break their competition duck in perfect conditions for rugby in the Namibian capital.
The sides, placed last and second-last on the table, came into the match searching for their first win of the campaign.
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Uutoni claims vacant WBO Africa title

Namibia’s Jafet Uutoni claimed the WBO Africa flyweight title on Friday after he beat South Africa’s Bongani Silila in a
TKO.
The fight took place at the Nqoako Ramathlodi Sports Complex in Seshego, a town in the Limpopo province of South Africa.
Uutoni’s win was this 11th in the professional ranks having fought 12 bouts to date.
It was also his third by stoppage. His only loss to date came against compatriot Abmerk Shidjuu in June 2014.
Uutoni did avenge that defeat when he got the better of Shidjuu in December 2014.
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Fiji beats Namibia to third spot at U-20 tourney

Five first-half tries did the damage for an impressive Fiji and meant that third place at the World Rugby U20 Trophy was wrapped up long before Namibia staged a second-half fight-back of their own.
The Fijians had led 44-0 early in the second half, but Namibia finished the stronger and put some respectability back on the scoreboard, much to the delight of their vocal supporters in the crowd, with four tries of their own.
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Mannetti welcomes Cosafa draw

Brave Warriors’ coach Ricardo Mannetti has welcomed the 2016 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) draw.
The draw for the 2016 Cosafa Cup, which will be hosted in Windhoek from 11 to 25 June, was held in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday night.
Defending Cosafa 2015 champions, Namibia, will only be active in the competition from the quarterfinal stages against neighbours Botswana, who will also not be playing in the group stages after being selected in the seeded teams group.
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Leicester’s fairy-tale continues

A sweep of the press room before Leicester City’s recent victory over Swansea City confirmed the extent to which their pursuit of Premier League glory has captivated global audiences.
Journalists from as far afield as Finland, Turkey, South Korea and Australia mingled in the queue for a pre-match meal, while a 10-strong Japanese contingent sat around a table discussing how Shinji Okazaki would fare in the absence of his suspended strike partner Jamie Vardy.
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Professional boxing comes to Oshakati

The Oshakati-based Kilimanjaro Boxing Promotions is hosting a professional boxing bonanza at the northern town that is expected to attract some of the best-known Namibian boxers as well as upcoming pugilists trying to make their mark at professional level.
According to boxing promoter Joseph Bernhard the boxing event - dubbed the Vaino Nghipondoka Boxing Bonanza - will take place at the Mvula Complex at Oshakati on 28 May.
Bernhard said the main bout will be a welterweight national title fight pitting Immanuel Mungandjera against Daniel ‘Open Fire’ Kashela.
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Beast out of Shark attack

The Coastal Sharks have taken a gamble by side-lining the feared Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira as they look this weekend to topple Super rugby leaders Waikato Chiefs, who have an under-performing scrum.
The Beast’s absence from today’s clash has been attributed to a planned workload for leading Springboks but the absence of the hulking prop and Sharks captain will be a relief to the hosts as they battle to remain competition leaders.
The Sharks are in buoyant mood as they look to back up from their narrow win against the defending champions Otago Highlanders.
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Top Namibian juniors to tour Zimbabwe and Botswana

The top-ranked under-12 and under-14 tennis players have been selected to represent Namibia at the three-legged international ITF/CAT African Junior Tennis Circuit 2016 tournaments.
The first Grade 2 event will be conducted in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, from 2-5 May, followed by another Grade 2 tournament in Gaborone, Botswana, from 7-10 May.
Immediately after that, the Namibian juniors can also participate in a lower ranked Grade 3 event from 11-13 May.
The Namibian juniors will play against the best peers from other Southern African countries.
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Ramblers scoop three youth cups

SKW Football academy last weekend hosted the biggest ever youth football tournament on their home ground in Olympia, Windhoek.
With over 70 teams and over 1 000 enthusiastic young footballers in all age groups from under-7 to under-17, the SKW grounds were a hub of activity.
The U-7 league was won by Ramblers Cheetahs, just ahead of SKW Foxes and Swallows on a round-robin basis.
Ramblers Lions, Swallows, Swakop Sharks and SKW Mambas contested the semi-finals in the U-9 age group, and again Ramblers were victorious against the Sharks from Swakop.
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Welwitschias eye EP Kings’ scalp

Against the EP Kings, which will take place at the Hage Geingob Stadium tomorrow afternoon, as one to win.
Victory would be the first for the home side, who have lost all three of their previous matches in the Currie Cup qualifiers.
“We are looking forward to this weekend’s game and see this as a must win,” Welwitschias coach John Williams told Namibian Sun yesterday.
The Welwitschias are currently at the bottom of the log standing of the South African competition as the largely amateur players struggle to keep up with their professional opponents.
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