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UNAM BOKKIES BEGIN SEASON ON A HIGH NOTE

By: Leena Ndakevandjo

Unam Bokkies defeated Ramblers 5-1 in their opening match of the season at Unam stadium on Saturday.

Taotago afrikaner (1), Muhinatjo hanavi (2),Hanna  (3), Vekendisa Ujaha (4),Piya Rodca (5) all scored for the team resulting in a victory.

Hanavi stated that, it has indeed been a great season so far, although the game was a bit intense.

“We are greatful that we scored”, She said.

She further stated that it was an intensive game for the team, but eventually they brought their A game to the game.

Coach Thuba of Unam bokkies said it has been indeed good to see the Girls figure out their position, movement and passes, since this match has been their first in the league.

“I am happy with the outcome”, She added.

Thuba further stated that they have signed about 5 new players, including Hanavi Muhinatjo who is also part of the national team.

Results for Saturday:

 Nust Fc 1-3 Beauties Fc

V-Power Angels Fc 7-1 Okahandja Fc

Omaheke Queens Fc 0-7 Ongwediva Queens

Unam bokkies Fc 5-1 Ramblers Angels

Khomas Nampol Fc 5- 2 Namib daughters Fc

Girls and Goals 3-1 Arrow ladies

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Soccer

Unstoppable Girls & Goals Defeat Arrow ladies

By: Leena Ndakevondjo

The second round of the FNB Women Supers League had about 12 teams competing last weekend.

 Girls & Goals managed to beat Arrow ladies last weekend at the NFA technical centre in 3-1.

The first 2 Goals came from Tjimunene Ndjavera who scored 2 Goals. The number 4 managed to score another Goal within 2 minutes after the first goal, meanwhile Simataa Ntwala scored a Goal for the Arrow ladies during the second half of the game.

Mammie Kasaona who scored the 3rd Goal for the Girls &Goals said that not only was the game intensive, but Massive as well since the ladies are physically fit.

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“It was a massive win, but we managed to utilise the only chance we got”, She said.

As an experienced player Kasaona was relieved after scoring as she highlights that she wanted to  show the young ones how it’s done.

  Laimi Jacob from the Arrow ladies stated that it has indeed been a challenging game that they have had so far, as the other opponents came prepared for them.

“We win some, we loose some”, she said.

She further explained that they have not experienced any challenges, it was just not their day.

Players such as Selma Enkali, got out on a knee injury after the first half, 2 yellow cards were given during the game each from both teams .   

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FNB Women Super League returns

A thrilling numbers of fixtures lineup for this weekend in the much anticipated FNB Women Super League this weekend.

The league, which launched last week, announced FNB as their official sponsor, pledging a total of N$7.5 million for three years. 

The league features 14 teams from Ongwediva, Swakopmund, Okahandja, Gobabis, and Windhoek. The fixtures for the weekend were revealed yesterday after the draw held at the Namibia Football Association (NFA) house in the capital.

During the event, Shama Gure, the head coach of Tura Magic Ladies, expressed excitement for the return of the league. He emphasized the importance of this initiative in elevating the quality of the national women’s team and expressed gratitude to the sponsors for the opportunity it provides for young girls to get back on the field. 

“We are delighted and grateful for the sponsors. This initiative provides an opportunity for young girls to get back on the field, and we appreciate the effort put into making this a reality. I eagerly anticipate the weekend’s games and look forward to the level of competition other teams will bring on the field,” he said.

Similarly, Ronnie Hoxopep the coach of Girls and Goals expressed his enthusiasm and readiness for the opening fixtures on Saturday. His team has been training, and he believes they are well-prepared for the weekend. He expressed his team’s determination to build on their success from the previous season.

“I am thrilled to say that my team has been training hard and I’m confident that they’re ready for this weekend’s games. We have put in a lot of work, and we are eager to continue from where we left off last season,” he said.

Below are the weekend fixtures:

Ongwediva Queens vs Ramblers 

Tura Magic vs Right Way Ladies

Beauties vs Okahandja

NUST babes vs V-Power 

Namib Daughters vs Arrows Ladies

Khomas Nampol vs Galz and Goals 

Omaheke Queens vs Unam Bokkies

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Spar Marathon to cater for women

The annual 10km Spar Marathon will be held in Windhoek on April 23rd, but this year it’s exclusively for women, according to organizers who aim to empower women. 

The Sports officer in the Erongo Region, Berthold Karumendu, announced at the launch that they plan to grow the event as it has been done in South Africa. 

“I received a call from my Spar colleagues about reworking the event, as they wanted to change the race dynamic. I believe this is a great idea that would empower women, and I think it’s good to see this change,” he said.

The event will take place at the Wanderers Sports Field in the capital. Minister of Sports, Agnes Tjongarero, commended the initiative as a great start in empowering women and urged them to participate in the inaugural women-only event.

“I believe this is a great start, especially considering that a similar event in South Africa has become much larger. I think we are taking the same route, and this is a wonderful initiative overall. I encourage all women to participate in this fantastic opportunity,” she said.

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Netball

ZELMA BITTLER ASPIRES TO RUN UMPIRING ACADEMY IN FUTURE

Netball player and Umpire Zelma Bittler recently obtained an umpiring Gold accreditation, a step closer for Bittler to officiate in Africa and the rest of the World.

Hailing from Walvis Bay, Bittler had to overcome hardships to attain her dreams today an accountant by profession Bittler speaks to SRSM, on her journey of becoming one of the most qualified umpires in Netball Namibia.

SRSM, thank you for chatting to us. Tell us about your background and upbringing?

I was born and raised in Walvis Bay, I lost my father when I was 12 and I grew up with my older sister we practically raised ourselves because my mom is based in the north and she was unemployed at the time. Growing up in Secondary School I had work after school and during holidays just to feed my sister and I, as well as pay school fees.

 What sports did you play growing up, and how did you develop the love for Netball?

I played netball from grade 1 at Immanuel Ruiters primary school till date, Netball was just my favourite sports since I was young so the love was already there before I even knew it.

What keeps you motivated to keep playing?

The love of the game is my motivation, in addition the young girls we keeping out of the streets is my biggest motivation to stay in the game.

What inspired you to become an umpire?

Well umpiring really just started for me because every team had to provide an umpire as a requirement of the Khomas league rules, so at the time when we started the team most players where beginners so I was the only one who knew the rules at the point.

Which strengths do you believe you have that make you a great umpire?

I believe my strength as an umpire is because I myself am a player so I would never want to be officiated unfairly. So my strength is honesty and fair umpiring.

What does getting a gold accreditation mean for you?

Its mean that I’m not far from receiving accreditation for Africa and after worldwide so I can be umpiring at the netball world cup.

What opportunities are there for Netball umpires?

The opportunities are not so many but I believe it will become more as the years go and the game gets more exposure and one gains experience, if not here in Namibia one can try around the world.

Why are you so passionate about playing Netball and umpiring?

The main reason I am passionate about netball and umpiring is because one sees how the people that our team has groomed has grown to national players, some got jobs and others turn passion into something profitable.

What keeps you going?

My husband keeps me going, he keeps reminding me that I am good, I am talented and I am an inspiration to most of the girls.

Is there an umpire or athlete that you look up to as a role model and why?

My role model is Annie Kloppers, she is an international umpire from South Africa, she is 55 years old and still umpiring international games.

Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?

I see myself as an international umpire and running an umpiring academy to give back to the nation.

What advice do you have for the girl child?

 I advise the girl child to never give up on any of their dreams no matter how hard it seems. I believe with God, being humble, hardworking and with discipline you can get anywhere in life.

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Tjongarero urges women to participate in Nedbank cycling challenge 

Minister of Youth and Sports, Agnes Tjongarero, has encouraged women to participate in the 37th edition of the Nedbank National Cycling Challenge, set to take place in the coming week. 

During the launch of the event, Tjongarero highlighted that cycling is a sport that promotes gender equality and has the potential to greatly impact society if utilized properly.

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She emphasized the value it brings to healthy living and stated that increased participation from women would lead to a more diverse and better country.

“I want women to join this cycling challenge, it creates a healthy living and gender equality in sport, and that’s what Namibia wants to see. I think if we can have more women partaking it would lead to a better country and a society with diversity,” she said.

The Nedbank National Cycling Challenge is a highly regarded and well-attended event that draws cyclists from Namibia and beyond. Last year, the challenge saw approximately 700 participants, and the organizers aim to see a rise in numbers this year.

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JG van Graan, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Nedbank Namibia, stated that the event has been instrumental in encouraging women’s participation in sports and addressing issues of sports inequality in Namibia. 

He added that the desert dash was a success last year, with the first black women’s team finishing the race and receiving the same prize money as their male counterparts.

“Without a doubt, this competition has been one of those that have encouraged more women to compete in sports. We have a huge number of women and girls competing in this competition and this tells you have much of an impact it has on the society. We have also through our event managed to address the issues of sports inequality in Namibia which is beautiful to see,” he said 

This year’s competition will take place on February 12th.