Nam on semi-final drive

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Namibia improved on their great start to the annual COSAFA U/20 championship as they beat Madagascar 3-1 in a Pool D match at the Metropolitan Cosafa U20 Championships in Botswana on Monday ahead of their final group match against Angola on Tuesday night.

Namibia started off their tournament with a one-all draw against Zimbabwe with Hendrick Somaeb on the score sheet, while on Monday inspirational midfielder Petrus Shitembi handed Namibia the lead on 35 minutes, before he added a second with an excellent free-kick just before halftime.

Namibia face Zimbabwe at COSAFA

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There will be four matches played on Day Two of the 2011 Metropolitan COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships on Friday with some of the heavyweights of the region entering the fray.

There will be two matches each taking place at the University of Botswana Stadium in Gaborone and the artificial surface at the Molepolole Stadium in the village 50-kilometres west of the capital.

And at the Molepolole, the first game of the day at that stadium is in Group D sees Angola take on last year’s semifinalists Madagascar at 15h00.

Young Gladiators host SA

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The national women’s Under-20 team will host South Africa on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma in an annual international friendly encounter.

According to the Brave Gladiators coach Jacqui Shipanga, the Namibian team will include a lot of young players as they look ahead to an eventful 2012 for the national teams.

“We have a lot of competitions next year and surely we need to give as many players as possible the opportunity to play and be match fit and so this game against South Africa will come in handy for our team really.”

COSAFA Youth Championships

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The 2011 Metropolitan COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships is just about ready for kick-off as 14 teams take part in the regional showpiece in Botswana from December 1-10.

Only Comoros are missing from the COSAFA countries, while special guests Tanzania from East Africa will add a different flavour to what is already a very strong field.

The teams have been split into four groups, two of which have four sides and two that have three, with the nations playing one-another in a round-robin format.

YDF commemorate AIDS Day

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Youth Development through Football, (YDF Namibia) and the Football for Hope Centre will hold a World AIDS Day Football Tournament on Thursday, 1 December at the Football for Hope Centre to commemorate World AIDS Day. The Football for Hope Centre is located in the Katutura Youth Sports Complex.

The Tournament starts at 14h00 on 1 December to allow for official World AIDS Day proceedings to take place in the morning hours.

U20 leaves for COSAFA Cup

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The Namibia under-20 team left for Botswana on Tuesday afternoon to partake in the annual metropolitan COSAFA Under-20 championship.

The team which was runner-up last year, losing 4-1 to Zambia in the final, has nine new players who Coaches Bernard Kaanjuka and Ricardo Mannetti have introduced in the team.

According to team manager Jakes Amaning, the team delegation will be headed by Roger Kambatuku, as they look to win the elusive regional youth tournament.

BA maintain lead, as Civics and Tigers march on

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Civics and Tigers moved into second and third places on the MTC premiership table after wins on match-day nine of the league.

The three-time league champions Civics beat United Stars 2-1 in Rundu with Costa Khaiseb scoring both goals to move into second place on the log on 17 points and a better goal difference, but equal on points with third-placed Tigers, who beat Eleven Arrows 2-0 with Benson Shilongo and Pineas Jacob getting the goals at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

NFA vows to challenge CAF

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The Namibia Football Association has vowed to take the necessary steps forward in their quest for justice regarding the CAF decisions to dismiss their appeal case.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) Disciplinary Committee heard the NFA appeal on 15 November regarding the eligibility of Burkina Faso player Hervé Zengue, after the initial protest was also thrown out by CAF on the eve of the 2012 AFCON final draw.

According to the NFA Secretary General, Barry Rukoro, the FA anticipated the decision pronounced by CAF on Thursday.

MTC Premiership promises fireworks

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The MTC premiership continues on Friday night as African Stars welcomes Sport Klub Windhoek to the Sam Nujoma with kickoff set for 20h00.

Stars have a goalkeeper crisis as they will be without their first-choice keeper Max Mbaeva who was red-carded in their last match against Civics, while reserve keeper Lloyd Kazapua might have to pass late fitness test.

NFA congress supports Appeal

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The Namibia Football Association has endorsed a decision to take their case with CAF to the Court of Arbitration for Sports if they fail to get the desired result with their appeal case.

The 21 ordinary Congress of the NFA was held on Saturday at Soccer House in Windhoek and according to the Secretary General of the FA Barry Rukoro, the members of the Association have showed great support for the NFA to ensure that justice is done in the matter.

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