43 NEWS Friday, June 16 2017 | NEW ERA Remembering the departed Ghosts’ defender: Rudolf ‘Ou Rudge’ Noariseb 1954-1994 In a very real sense the tough tackling former Swallows and Orlando Pirates defender, Rudolf Noariseb, was a remarkable player although he started his career with Swallows Football Club - a team of disillusioned footballers - who could not break into the star-studded Orlando Pirates first team. Lack of regular game time persuaded the fringe players at Pirates to form the black and green strip outfit. The majority of the playing personnel were members of the team’s second strings, joined by those who had fallen down the pecking order of the Ghosts’ first team. Rudolf Noariseb was amongst the defectors, but his lodging at Swallows was to be short-lived as he left the city of lights (Windhoek) to further his studies at the revered Cornelius Goraseb Secondary School in Khorixas. In no time, Ou Rudge established himself as no-nonsense defender for the school’s first team and by the time he completed his studies it was only fitting that he would find refuge with boyhood team Orlando Pirates – and, as they say, the rest is history. Gone too soon… The late Rudolf ‘Ou Rudge’ Noariseb was a pillar of strength in the rock steady Pirates rearguard. Carlos ‘CK’ Kambaekwa Windhoek Back in the day, Katutura giants Orlando Pirates Football Club used to produce a significant number of great footballers, including athletes of unbelievable character. Whereas Lemmy Narib, Michael Pienaar, Norries Goraseb, Doc Hardley, Willem Eichab, Daniel Koopman, Bassieman Naruseb, Ben Gaseb, Alu Hummel, Brian Greaves, Steve Stephanus, Ambrossius Vyff and Steven Damaseb will be best remembered for their flair – others are known for their no-nonsense approach to the game. The all-conquering Ghosts outfit of the early 70s is generally regarded by football pundits as the best-ever squad assembled in the club’s illustrious history. Apart from a lethal striking force, the Ghosts were solid in defense where the cool and calculated Steve ‘Kalamazoo’ Stephanus formed a telepathic partnership with the robust Izaak ‘Whoops’ Gariseb in the central defense. However, it was the Buccaneers’ two fullbacks Mathews ‘Ou Growes’ Namaseb and John ‘Jackal Trap’ Awarab, who caught the eye with their uncompromising unorthodox tight man marking, accompanied by bone-crunching tackles that instilled fear in the opposition. Although both players’ style of play and overall ball skill did not inspire the confidence of the neutral fan, their contribution was valuable to their beloved Ghosts. Inevitably, when the pair reached the twilight of their football careers, it was only fitting that Pirates would be obliged to find successors with an almost identical style to their predecessors. Ananias ‘Bigman’ Nanuseb and Tsotsie Afrikaner were roped in to succeed Awarab, while stocky fullback Rudolf Noariseb, was recruited to fill the void left by Ou Growes and giant centre-back Whoops Gariseb. Whereas both Bigman and Tsotsie were slowly ushered into the system, Ou Rudge hit the ground running with his slide tackles, complemented by amazing endurance. Pirates surely found the prefect replacement for the departed Whoops, as the young fullback, Ou Rudge, went on to establish himself as a valuable squad member of the rejuvenated Buccaneers lineup. Those in the know would tell you that the Ghosts’ team sheet would be considered incomplete without the name of Ou Rudge penciled on it, unless the stocky fullback was suspended or injured. The stocky central defender went on to represent the Ghosts with distinction and cemented his place in the starting lineup of the revamped Buccaneers setup under the stewardship of strict disciplinarian, the late Hans Debasen ‘Zebo’ Engelbrecht, aka Dios. His arrival at Pirates coincided with the club’s newfound spirit of transformation that saw a number of youngsters taking over the reigns from the old guard. Quite short and tiny for a centre-back, Ou Rudge perfectly fitted the description of “don’t judge a book by its cover”. He was quite aggressive and very brave in one-onone situations. Apart from that, the brother was also very solid in the tackle, notably with his trademark slide tackling and he never pulled out of tough battles. A late starter in the real sense of the word, Ou Rudge’s presence in the Ghosts rearguard stabilised a leaky defense, alongside the ageing Steve Stephanus. He was to form a great partnership with Fly Damaseb in the centre of the Buccaneers’ rearguard, where Tsotsie and Bigman operated as wingbacks, with the late Lewa Awaseb stationed between the sticks. During that time, the inevitable introduction of the multi-racial football league in the then Apartheid South West Africa (SWA) was still in its infant stages. Despite his lack of height, Ou Rudge was fairly competitive in aerial battles and was also good at going forward. The presence of white teams changed the complex dynamic of the game, as domestic football took a dramatic turn, changing from the outdated playing system of five defenders and five forwards. New formations were introduced and perfectly copied, as black footballers were increasingly exposed to the modern techniques of the beautiful game. Footballers became more innovative, with lots of emphasis placed on ball possession and positioning – gone were the days of just depending on natural talent, endurance and playing long balls. The likes of Kaizer Chiefs, Morroka Swallows and Orlando Pirates would take turns to come and engage in exhibition matches against local invitational teams in Windhoek – much to the delight of the large crowds that attended. Unintentionally, Chiefs fast-galloping skipper Johannes ‘Ryder’ Mofokeng introduced the tactic of turning defense into attack with his darting runs along the whitewash down the right side of the field. His overlapping style of play was perfectly emulated by the likes of George Gariseb (African Stars) and Alacatz Kurivera (Black Africa), while Ou Rudge also followed suit. A crowd favourite for his amazing endurance and never-say-die attitude, his well-executed trademark acrobatics also made Ou Rudge a darling of local football followers. He was a gold medalist when the Buccaneers defeated eternal rivals Black Africa in the explosive final of the Mainstay Cup at the packed to rafters Katutura Stadium in 1978. The Ghosts successfully defended their title the following year – only to be denied victory by an unpopular boardroom decision. The team had arrived 45-minutes late for the kickoff and although the match was sanctioned to go ahead, the trigger-happy bosses at the South West Africa Football Association (SWAFA) resolved to strip Pirates of their well-deserved triumph – declaring SKW the winner, despite having lost the match 5-3 after extra time. Sadly, aged 40, Ou Rudge’s life was tragically cut short when he was struck by a wave and washed away while holidaying in Swakopmund. Eyewitnesses revealed that bro Rudge was having a whale of a time with his buddies at the beach on the irresistible Atlantic Ocean when the freak incident unfolded in November 1994. The brother was said to have been relaxing on a rock near the sea when he was suddenly ovewhelmed by a strong wave and swept from the rocks. Unable to withstand the current, he disappeared beneath the waves and drowned. His body was only recovered the next day. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Departed Ghost… Ou Rudge (squatting far left) Standing from left: Simon Bock (partly obscured team manger) Ambrossius ‘Six Mabone’ Vyff, Gottfried ‘Lewa’ Awaseb, Hans ‘Alu’ Hummel, Eric Muinjo, Michael ‘Ou Pine’ Pienaar, Ananias ‘Bigman’ Nanuseb. Squatting from left: Rudolf ‘Ou Rudge’ Noariseb, Willem ‘Tostao’ Afrikaner, Augustinus ‘Dokes’ Hange, Hendrik ‘Doc’ Hardley, Simon ‘Steve Kalamazoo’ Stephanus.
NEW ERA | Friday, June 16 2017 Namibian football still touch-and-go Page 41 Weekend Sport Fixtures and Notices Page 42 SPORT Page 43 Get your house in order, Hage tells football bosses Carlos Kambaekwa Windhoek President Hage Geingob says the ongoing wrangles in domestic football is becoming a nuisance and quite worrisome to the country at large, as it is affecting many people, including himself. Geingob was responding to presentations and the latest updates on local football matters made by Namibia Football Association (NFA) president Frans Mbidi at State House yesterday. Mbidi briefed the Namibian Head of State during a session attended by Minister of Youth and Sports Jerry Ekandjo, members of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) and local media practitioners. In his remarks, Mbidi accused disgruntled members of the disbanded Namibia Premier League (NPL) Interim Committee of playing hide-and-seek. “As per article 41 of the NFA statutes dealing with emergency cases, NFA has the powers to appoint or take over the operations of any of its affiliates, because we can only recognise elected leaders. “Let me make it categorically clear that we (NFA) have no intentions, or ambitions whatsoever to run the internal affairs of the NPL. Each and every single detail was explained why the NFA has resolved to disband the NPL Interim Committee to the affected members and none of those present at that meeting opposed the decision,” Mbidi said. He further charged that - to his … Mbidi accuses ‘Big Four’ of sabotage Photo: Otniel Hembapu Reporting back... President Hage Geingob and Sport Minister Jerry Ekandjo, as well as members of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) met at State House yesterday to take stock of the latest developments in local football, as well map the way forward. great surprise - he later received a request from one of the members to remove Roger Kambatuku, chairman of the newly appointed NFA ad hoc committee. “I asked him to put it in writing and provide us with solid reasons for the removal, but up to this day, we have not received that request in writing.” The agitated NFA honcho also took a swipe at the Katutura big four (African Stars, Black Africa, Tigers and Orlando Pirates), branding the quartet as “spoiled brats”. “These teams have chosen to discredit football in their desperate effort to seek preferential treatment, but there are no big teams in Namibian football. All are equal; they just want to bring football into disrepute,” he alleged. According to Mbidi, there are currently only 13 properly registered teams in the country’s flagship 16-team football league. “As we speak now, three clubs don’t have enough players to register – hence their blatant efforts to disrupt the league’s kick off,” Mbidi shot back at his detractors. Geingob, however, noted that the lack of premiership football in the country makes it very difficult for players to compete internationally and for the development of grassroots players and structures. “I’m aware that we lost 1-0 against Guinea Bissau in the AF- CON qualifier away from home last weekend, which is a commendable outcome for a team that did not have sufficient preparation. “We have created our own problems and this affects other purposes as well,’ charged Geingob, before urging the attendant football bosses to get their house in order and make sure premiership football activities in the country are normalized and back on track. A clearly fed-up Ekandjo sought an explanation from the NFA hierarchy as to why the very same organ dragged along the all-of-a-sudden “illegal” NPL Interim Committee to State House during an earlier visit - only to wake up now and suddenly realise that the NPL Interim Committee was illegally constituted. The former Robben Island political prisoner reminded Mbidi and his henchmen to follow the correct procedures in future and not just jump the queue by running to State House to seek intervention from the Head of State at every turn. “Protocol suggests that, should you have any disagreements, you should first go to the Namibia Sport Commission (NSC) before taking your case to the relevant ministry,” concluded Ekandjo before requesting the NFA bosses to sort out the ongoing shenanigans in domestic football as a matter of urgency, as hordes of football fans, aspiring youth and professional players are badly affected by the current situation. OPENING SPECIAL ATTRACTIVE PACKAGES on all vehicles 2 MONTHS HOLIDAY PERIOD PRIME LESS 1% (only pay your first installment in September.) MEET OUR WORLD-CLASS SALES TEAM Hendrik Johannes 081 148 2529 Selma Shoombe 081 144 1113 Jason Nautende 081 124 8049 * Offer by Standard Bank * Exclusive to Indongo Toyota Ongwediva * Limited period only! Hurry to negotiate your special deal. T’s & C’s Apply.