Kaxuxuena not perturbed by NASA snub

THE coach of Namibia’s top female  long distance runner Helalia Johannes, Robert Kaxuxuena, has said he has no idea why he was not shortlisted for the 2019 Namibia Sports Awards (NASA) Coach of the Year award. The shortlisted coaches for the prestigious award are Nestor Tobias (boxing), Grant Douglas Dodds (canoeing/rowing) and ElifasNamudjebo (boxing). His mentee Johannes is  the favourite to win two top awards, Sportswomen of the Year and the Namibia Sports Star of the year award, Kaxuxuena surprisingly did not make it onto the shortlist for the award, a strange move, judging by the achievements of Johannes this season, including her International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)’s bronze medal win in Doha, Qatar last month and a gold medal in the Spar Women’s 10 Km Challenge race in Johannesburg, South Africa this month, which also resulted in  government officially congratulating her. Last year, Kaxuxuena helped Johannes win the women’s marathon at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in a time of 2:32:40 and also to become the first Namibian female to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in athletics. Ahead of NASA ceremony scheduled for 26 October in Ondangwa, Kaxuxuena told Confidente this week that he was surprised about his omission from the list.