38 SPORT Friday, April 6 2018| NEW ERA for any juicy news tips from your respective clubs, contact new era Sports editor: carlos kambaekwa at 081 128 3788 or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org AfricAn StArS The MTC Premiership table toppers have been huffing and puffing since the resumption of league activities in the 2nd round and another lacklustre performance could all but put their title chase in jeopardy. The Reds confront bitter rivals Civics in a potential league title decider at the Sam Nujoma Stadium tonight. Starlile are taking their brand to another level with plans to digitalise the club assignments in an effort to enlighten the club’s members on the latest happenings within the club. BlAck AfricA Lucky Richter’s unpredictable “Lions of Judah” face their sternest test of character when they travel eastwards for their must win clash against surprise package Young African at their traditional fortress, the Legare Stadium in Gobabis tomorrow afternoon. The former BA dribbling wizard has transformed the club into serious title contenders and says the boys are in high spirits and want to make a statement of intent against the league’s new boys. “We are coming up against a very good team but we have played them twice already this season and have done our homework.” Discarded Brave Warriors Awillo Stephanus has been reportedly ordered to apologise publicly through all the newspapers for shunning the 2016 Cosafa Senior Challenge, hosted by Namibia. Blue WAterS The wounded Birds are gearing up for a potential bruising coastal derby against old foes Eleven Arrows at the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay. Long-serving team manager Tostao Imbili is adamant the club has what it takes to avenge their first round defeat (1-0) at the hands of their old foes. In the meantime, the Birds have parted ways with Nigerian striker Dominique Edom and want away Brave Warriors speedy winger Ballack Somaeb. The coastal giants have also put both Jonas Sackaria and Reginald Haraseb on suspension for an indefinite period because of misbehaviour. The pair is reported to have become a disruptive influence in the dressing room. chief SAntoS Perched in a precarious bottom of the table, Santos face an insurmountable task to chalk off the deficit as they sit eight points adrift of safety. The Copper Town lads will be engaged in a relegation dogfight against fellow Northerners Young Chiefs. citizenS The Citizens were hard done by conceding a goal midway through the second half in their 2-1 midweek defeat at the hands of Unam, a result that leaves them hovering dangerously above the relegation zone. Despite the defeat, club honcho Dawid Goagoseb has vowed to fight tooth and nail to preserve the club’s lodging in the country’s elite football league. “We are not in the relegation zone but it’s of paramount importance to pick up points in our next two league matches against Orlando Pirates and Life Fighters respectively.” civicS Civilians wily coach Brian “Oubaas” Isaacs is fully aware of the consequences of any slip-ups and counts on his team’s squeaky clean record against the top guns that has seen the Civilians manufacturing draws against the Katutura big four in the opening round. “Our biggest problem is inconsistency because of inexperience amongst the squad members but our target is to collect maximum points to move up the ladder,” says a confident Isaacs. The Khomasdal outfit is injury free with no suspensions going into tonight’s match against table-topping “Starlile”. eleven ArroWS The in-form seasiders welcome back their trident from the Brave Warriors camp while reliable defender Denga Mwaitenge returns to action after serving a one-match suspension. Club stalwart Killa Samaria informs New Era Sport that the boys had a well deserved rest during the Easter weekend and are now ready to ruffle feathers when they host traditional rivals Blue Waters in a do-or-die clash of the titans where bragging rights are at stake. Mighty gunnerS The men in camouflaged uniform take the journey up north-east to confront the increasingly dangerous Rundu Chiefs at their fortress, the Rundu Stadium tomorrow afternoon. The league’s previously yoyo side have of late established themselves as a formidable unit and currently occupy a respectable 6th spot – one point adrift of reigning league champions Tigers on the MTC Premiership log table. life fighterS Newly appointed head coach Turipamwe Upi finds himself in a serious predicament as the majority of his squad members are yet to report back for training sessions after the long weekend. “Okahirona” will be without the services of two youngsters because of exams. Brave Warriors debutant, exciting right fullback Hubert Mingeri and second choice goalie Phillip Josef, will be notable absentees as the pair sit down for their secondary school examinations. orlAndo PirAteS The Ghosts are currently entangled in unfamiliar territory and will need a Herculean act to get out of their lowly position. The Buccaneers are not helped by an assortment of injuries to key players. Mercurial midfielder Christian Doeseb is a doubt through a niggling injury though the nimble-footed midfielder has started light training this week. Leading striker Ronaldo Tsamaseb joins Jingles Stephanus (midfielder) and reliable defender Alphons Gurirab in the treatment room. Prodigal son Nicky Musambani’s form has been a serious cause of concern and he could once again miss out on team selection. rundu chiefS Former Civics target man William Chilufwya has been installed as interim head coach following the sudden departure of Shakes Malembu. The former MTC Premiership “Golden Boot” award claimant is tasked to steer the Kavango outfit away from the relegation zone. Interestingly, Chilufwya is Chiefs’ third coach in the current term. tigerS Word coming out of Donkerhoek is that “Ingwe” are still pursuing their highly disputed dismissed disciplinary case against the NPL and have enlisted the services of their legal representatives to seek justice. Despite the setback of being docked the six points from winnable games, the Namibian champions are on a good run after a slow start to their league campaign. Head coach Woody Jacobs appears to be just what the good doctor ordered for the resurgent league champions. Tigers will be up against “Kid Brother” Tura Magic in the peak of the weekend’s matches tomorrow afternoon, with assistant coach Lalas Mokwena taking charge of proceedings in the dugout for this weekend’s crunch match against the Magicians in the absence of Jacobs who is away on study leave. turA MAgic Magicians’ former defender Tebs Lombard made his league debut for Zambian giants Lusaka Dynamos in their opening league match last weekend. The goatee-bearded centre back played the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over NAPSA Stars away from home. The highly rated Namibian has so far featured in all warm-up matches prior to the kick-off of the league. Gangling striker Makanya Keimuine has been breathing heavily down the neck of African Stars’ leading goal poacher Kaka Nekundi for the prestigious Golden Boot award. The Magicians target man has overtaken Nekundi (11) on the goal-scoring charts and currently sits on 12 goals. unAM With five matches left before the curtain closes on the 2017/2018 league campaign – head coach Ronnie Kanalelo has set his eyes on all 12 points at stake. “We certainly have a team capable of turning the tables and want to finish as high as possible on the log standings.” The former Mamelodi Sundowns agile shot stopper blames his team’s inconsistency on poor finishing and serial indecisiveness in front of goal. The Clever Boys downed Citizens 2-1 in a midweek clash to consolidate their position on the log standings. young AfricAn Grounded skipper Ballack Katjiteo and his protesting team-mate Samfried Maharero are kicking their heels in frustration after the pair were rendered club-less following a heated physical altercation with club owner-cum-coach-turned-administrator Mali Ngarizemo. The two hot heads were sent packing when they apparently demanded answers for their late payment in February. young chiefS The relegation-threatened Northerners are determined to cement their place in the country’s elite football league and victory over fellow strugglers Chief Santos will move them within a point of the trio of Orlando Pirates, Eleven Arrows and Civics – provided other results go their way. Chiefs will be without livewire goal poacher Penda Monghudi who is nursing injury after losing five teeth in the clash with a Black Africa player last month. Central midfielder Dawid Nyatanga misses tomorrow’s crucial match as he starts his onematch suspension.
Friday, April 6 2018 | NEW ERA 39 Revisiting the journey of football great … Uncle Wherrick Zimmer-Goraseb Without a doubt, Wherrick “Uerivara” Zimmer-Goraseb, is regarded among the greatest footballers ever to emerge from the Namibian shores since time immemorial. The strongly built goal poacher possessed all the required attributes of your typical old-fashioned centre forward. He was blessed with phenomenal speed, great footwork, packed dynamite in both feet, good in the air and above all, the killer instinct in the small box. Uncle Wherrick was a founding member of the notorious Pirates FC (Dolam) while the lethal sharpshooter also skippered the South West Africa (SWA) Bantu across the Orange River en route to South Africa, way back in 1958. entourage has since gone the way battling to keep hunger at bay, while very few of them are enjoying life after football. One such footballer is Uncle Wherrick, who has since relocated to South Africa, and is enjoying his retirement days in Pofadder near Kakamas in the Northern Cape Province. The former Cape Cross, Pirates, Explorer Eleven and Blue Waters lethal marksman entertains us with tales of those thrilling times in football while playing in the dusty and all over the length and width of the country. Uncle Wherrick also recalls, with a great measure of regret, how he was obliged to quit the game he so dearly served and loved after losing interest as a result of lack of decent opponents, while still at the pinnacle of his blossoming football career. Carlos “CK” Kambaekwa Windhoek Should the unwritten history of Namibian football be told in bold, the name of Wherrick Zimmer, better known as Uerivara Goraseb, is likely going to feature prominently because whenever the stocky striker was on song – there were very few peers on the playing football virtuosity. Uncle Wherrick started chasing leather at the fairly advanced age of 17 with his boyhood pals such as the late Immanuel “Socks” Skrywer, Simon Cloete, Nicodemus Awaseb and Amon Goaseb in Windhoek’s Old Location turning out for Cape Cross FC as youngsters. “We had plenty of talented guys in that team – there was this young dude we used to call Bayman, please don’t ask me where that name came from, but he was a marvel to watch alongside these two highly gifted brothers from Upington, Boy and Frans Daniels.” The team competed against the likes of Tigers, Young Standard, Juveniles, Thistles and, in later years, African Stars. “Most of our matches were just friendlies. Oh, but boy! The players took each match seriously, since pride was at stake in our days. “We also competed in the annual Bowker and Ethel Dresses knock-out cups in the Old Location. The team later changed its name from Cape Cross to Pirates (Dolam), but Wherrick left Pirates soon afterwards and teamed up with the cream of the township to form the untouchable Explorer Eleven. of Joe Kariko, Siegfried “Tjaatako” Tjijorokisa, John Swarts, Bronny and Paul “Zooro” Willemse, Dicky Kariko, Times Mwetuyela, Cleophas “Siseva” Siririka, aka Danger and Floyd Maharero, among the crème de la crème of local footballers. which we lost but from there on, it win each and every match we played leading to football becoming very boring as we clearly ran out of decent opponents.” The team was placed under the guidance of the highly knowledgeable football administrator Robert Nhlapho, a South African who was a social worker in Windhoek. team to play against a white team when we confronted Ramblers in 1961 – the match was played in very good spirit and ended in a draw with the versatile Imms Skrywer in excellent form on that historic day,” recalls Werrick. selectors had no hesitation in installing Africa Bantu Eleven that toured South tour in South Africa in 1958. Back row, from left: Andreas Mogale (team manager) Amon Gaoseb, Coloured Kakololo, Andries Nangolo, Izaak Malan, Stepha Niilenge, August Ekandjo, Seth Kavandje (assistant manager). Middle row, from left: Hector Malan, Reinholdt Geingob, Pierre de Wet (non-traveling supervisor) Wherrick Zimmer-Goraseb. Front row, from left: Simon Cloete, Fritz Adams, Oscar Norich Tjahuha. Uncle Wherrick (back row, seventh from left). Standing from left: Vorster Moetie (logistics) Spokes Tibimayne, Flying Fish Mupupa, Tommy Uushona, Bossie Samaria, Ruby Kamulu, Wherrick Zimmer- Goraseb (capt) Robert Nhlapho (team manager). Squatting, from left: Tete Kangameni, Times Mwetuyela, Africa in 1958. “We had this German guy going by the name of Manfred Hewicke working good coach and was instrumental in selecting the touring squad that went to play against invitational teams in Johannesburg, Durban, Krugersdorp, Hammanskraal and Bloemfontein.” Among the players that represented the SWA Bantu invitational Eleven were Lisias “Coloured” Kakololo, Kallie Bessinger, Oscar Tjahuha- Norich, Simon Cloete, Lightning Geingob, Amon Gaoseb, August Nangolo, Stepha Niilenge, Seth Kavandje and the Malan brothers Man and Issy. Andrew Mogale managed the team, while a white chirpy going by the name of A. de Wet kept an eagle’s eye over the travelling entourage. Four years later, the team toured South Africa again with Wherrick still wearing the captain’s armband. “This time, we played in Johannesburg, Germiston and Bloemfontein where we met a Damara guy by the name of Conradie – he was an immigrant worker married to a South African lass there.” The team had mixed fortunes winning two and losing the other two matches on tour. “The South Africans were technically better equipped than us, but we completely out-classed them The main man… Wherrick Zimmer-Goraseb with our unbelievable endurance, pace and shooting ability.” Upon the team’s return, Wherrick was honoured with a testimonial match turning for Pirates against a Tsumeb Invitational Eleven in the Copper Town in 1962. That particular match was organised by the late football guru Herbert Conradie and drew a large crowd. As it turned out, Wherrick developed itchy feet and found himself in Walvis Bay, where he joined the star- Charles Kauraisa, Gabes “Flying Fish” Mupupa, Tommy Uushona, Gabriel Muthilifa and Oscar Tjahuha-Norich. “We had memorable encounters against Namib Woestyn, who had this striker in their line up whom I only remember as Isacky. “That boy was very cunning and tricky.” Wherrick won the golden boot award after scoring a record 350 goals in his illustrious football career. “I was always inspired by Tommy, Gabes, Times and goalkeeper Alois ‘Alle Hoekkies’ Taylor, while Kallie Bessinger also proved a tricky customer to handle despite his small frame.” The now 80-year-old former goal poacher believes modern footballers are having it too easy and lack the required endurance. than today’s youngsters, considering the fact that we played up to three matches within a day on top of using balls made of heavy leather while we were also not allowed to make any changes (substitutions) during a match unless a serious injury occurred. “The standard is very low and football authorities must seriously start thinking of adjusting the training methods if we are to make any serious inroads into international football.” Uncle Wherrick is a die-hard Manchester United fan and likes the impressed with the Spanish style. His offspring Eric Muinjo followed in his dad’s footsteps making a name for himself as a footballer of note. He coaches in domestic football while younger brothers, the late Geoffrey “Jeff” Zaahl and Sylvester “Seun” Doeseb also tried their hand on the spherical ball.