South Africa Zone Six winners

Soccer: Young Zebras beat Bafana Bafana in Finals

The Botswana under 20 national team outplayed South Africa 2-1 in a match played on the closing ceremony of the 2006 Zone Six Youth Games. All three goals were scored in extra-time after a goalless 90minutes, when action swung from one end to the other. South Africa’s rhythm was affected by the exit due to injury of Ajax 18year old winger Makhanyiselwe Siwahla in the 89th minute.

Namibia’s hopes of clinching a medal in soccer were dashed when they went down 0-3 to Botswana in the semi-finals and lost out 1-2 to Zambia in the third place play-off. The skilful Botswana side had midfielder Monageng Tlhaele to thank for a place in the finals.

Namibia created minimal chances up front with striker Lazarus Kaimbi failing dismally to put in an equalizer before change-over.

In the other semi-final clash, South Africa booked their place in the final downing Zambia by 3-2 in an electrifying encounter. Zambia had outclassed Zimbabwe 1-0 in the knock-out round.

South Africa’s scorers were enterprising captain Excellent Walaza, Michael Mosima and Sibusizo Ntuli, while Zambia’s goals came from Fayo Tembo and Peter Maloma.

Namibia’s under 20 finished the tournament with their tails down after Zambia outclassed them 2-1 to take home the bronze medal in the third place play-off. Zimbabwe and Mozambique lost out of the medals.

The South African women’s soccer team won the gold medal after winning all their group matches. Angola came second while Zambia finished third and Namibia fourth.

Boxing Dismay

Match stoppages and fighters’ withdrawals characterised this year’s boxing tournament with Mozambique, the hosts of the 2004 Games. They embarrassed fighters at this year’s Games when they only entered three boxers into the fray, none of whom managed to proceed beyond the preliminary rounds.

Namibia failed to retain its boxing title despite having five boxers who made it to the nine final fights scheduled. Namibian boxing team came second overall after collecting four gold, one silver and four bronze medals, whereas South Africa clinched top honours with four gold, two silver and one bronze medals Botswana ended third overall with three silver and one bronze medals.

Namibia’s Sakaria Lukas was crowned the 2006 Zone Six Youth Games champion in the 51kg division after beating South African Luthando Banethi on points.

The upcoming Namibian youngster amazed many with his footwork and devastating punches.

In the 57kg bout, Abraham Ndaendapo of Namibia also clinched gold after he mercilessly beat his opponent from Botswana Eliah Masokotso. The Referee stopped the bout in the third round when the Matswana failed to contain the pressure.

Namibia’s Samuel Wilbard won gold in the 64kg division when he beat Peter Engelton of South Africa on points.

Adding his name to the list of gold medal winners, was Nashivela Elia of Namibia in the 75kg division. The fight was stopped when the South African opponent Thulane Makubela’s coach threw in the towel.

Sam Fanuel of Namibia won silver when he lost by a Technical Knock Out to South African Thabiso Mchunu. Namibian coach Gerardo Bicet threw in the towel to rescue Fanuel from the onslaught.

Namibia’s bronze medalists were Gabi Gabriel (48kg), Johannes Simon (54kg), Albino Felesianu (60kg) and Benjamin Ambambi (69kg).

Namibia’s acting president of the Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board, Kelly Nghixulifwa, summed up the boxing dismay at the games by saying that “level of boxing in the region leaves a lot to be desired”.

Basketball: Angola Reigns Supreme

Basketball giants Angola beat Mozambique 77-63 in the last match of the 2006 Zone Six Youth Games in a thriller which lived to its expectations.

Angola won the competition in 2004 and has so far not lost a single match at these Games, while 2004 runners-up Mozambique lost to minnows Zambia at this year’s Games.

The Angolans continued from where they left off in 2004, dislodging the Namibian basketball team 229 to 44.Joao Antonio was the key figure in Angola’s defence of their prestige. More is expected to be heard of Mozambican point guard, Lionel Manhique, who was the overall player of the tournament.

Being defending champions, Angola walked over the hapless Namibia. For starters and late comers, it might have looked like Namibia was leading the tie when the scoreboard had to be reset to zero when Angola reached the 200 mark, the maximum points the electronic scoreboard can take.

With that tally, Angola set another record for the highest score during the 2006 Under-20 Youth Games, breaking their 157-50 mark against Botswana earlier on.

Mozambique’s loss guaranteed Zambia the Bronze medal, since both had seven points.

Zimbabwe’s women basketball team out-played hosts Namibia’s 113-50.This result left the women’s competition still wide open, with Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique all in the running for the medals

Basketball was the most crowd-pulling sport at the 2006 Games as fans filled Unam’s 1000-seater gym to capacity.

Namibia’s men defeated Botswana 111-108, while the women beat Zambia 58-57 in a close encounter.

July 2006
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