By John Tuerijama
NAMIBIAN pugilist and last year’s sportsman of the year, Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda is confident of retaining the accolade at tomorrow’s Namibia Sport Awards.
Ambunda said his chances of annexing the award again are high on account of him having successfully defended his World Boxing Association (WBA). He does not consider his loss against Moises ‘Chucky’ Flores in an IBO and WBA unification bout as a major threat to his ambitions of retaining the top sports award.
The boxer is facing stiff challenge from karate champion, Rudolph de Wet Moolman and marathon runner, Mynhard Kauanivi.
Moolman was crowned world champion at the coastal town of Swakopmund after competing in the 8th JSKA Karate World championship held at the town’s Dome.
Kauanivi finished 70th in the marathon event of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics in August this year.
Said Ambunda: “Hey, it’s a competition and I am also a quality world champion, but as the saying goes let the best man win,” said Ambunda.
Meanwhile, the MTC sportswoman of the year award will be competed for by three Olympians – Vera Adrian (cyclist), Gaby Ahrens (shooting) and Beata Naigambo (athletics). All three failed to impress at the Rio Olympic Games but Ahrens has the upper hand since she is current national and African shooting champion.
Here is the full list of nominees and their respective categories:
Nampower sportsman with disability of the year
1. Ananias Shikongo – NNPC
2. Johannes Nambala – NNPC
3. Ruben Soroseb – NNPC
Nampower sportswoman with disability of the year
1. Johanna Benson – NNPC
2. Rosa Mandjoro – NNPC
Nampower junior sportswoman with disability of the year
1. Lahja Omagano Ishitile – NNPC
2. Kertu Namutenya Kapweya – NNPC
3. Catlin Jane Botha NNPC
Nampower junior sportsman with disability of the year
1. Abraham Hafenanye – NNPC
2. Mateus Kambundu – NNPC
3. Alfred Meno Albertu – NNPC
MTC sportsman of the year
1. Paulus Natangwe Ambunda – Boxing
2. Rudolph De Wet Moolman – Karate
3. Mynhardt Mbeumuna Kauanivi – Athletics
MTC sportswoman of the year
1. Vera Adrian – Cycling
2. Gaby Ahrens – Shooting
3. Beata Naigambo – Athletics
MTC junior sportsman of the year
1. Delano Muller – Kickboxing
2. Herbet Wolfgang Peters – Cycling
3. Burger Rowan – Karate
MTC junior sportswoman of the year
1. Dunell Van Taak – Hockey
2. Cassandra Knouwds – Karate
3. Mayvonne Swart – Karate
NBL Sports team of the year
1. Senior Women’s National Hockey team
2. Namibia National Rugby team
3. 4x 100 Namibia Paralympics Relay team
FNB Most Improved sportsperson of the year
1. Matias Hamunyela – Boxing
2. Johannes Nambala – NNPC
Coca Cola Coach of the year
1. Michael Hamukwaya – NNPC
2. Tobias Hiskia – Athletics
3. Rodger Thompson – Rugby
Coca Cola Umpire / Referee of the year
1. Jackson Pavaza – Soccer
2. Berthold Karumendu – Athletics
3. Daniel Stephanus Koen – Rugby
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