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New Era Newspaper Friday August 18, 2017

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46 SPORT Friday, August 18 2017 | NEW ERA Erf 183, Unit 3, Industria Str, Lafrenz Ex 1. | P.O. Box 30596, Pionierspark, Windhoek Tel: +264 61 213423/426 | Fax: +264 61 213472 E-mail: | Private Secretary/PA to the Managing Director and Chief Operation Officer Essential Functions • Manage, organize and maintain MD and COO’s time calendar, scheduling and reminding appointments • Make travel arrangements for the MD, COO and accompanying personnel which includes reservations (VISA applications, airline, car rental, local ground transportation, hotel, meals etc.) • Arrange for any materials required (Presentations, documentations, print hand-outs, memos, dairies) for all MD and COO meetings efficiently • Maintain organizational charts with help of all organization-wide employees and staff • Receive and distribute relevant information to/from internal and external sources by telephone, email or in person • Maintain office supplies in collaboration with the administration department and keep an up-to-date record of all stock inventory levels to order/acquire supplies needed • Take notes in meetings, conferences and day to day activities of the MD and COO • Perform other administrative duties Requirements • Education: High School and Administration qualifications will be preferred • Experience: 2 years of related experience. • Extremely detail-oriented and with perfect follow-up skills • Must have a high speed of writing for taking notes • Basic Project Management ability • Ability to organize tasks, research and keeping records. • Highly dependable and trustworthy: maintain confidentiality having access to extremely sensitive documents. TWO (x2) DRIVERS Tasks and duties will include: • carrying out routine vehicle checks • loading of goods onto the truck using a forklift, crane or other lifting equipment • making sure that the load is correctly placed and is secure • driving vehicles to their destination and unloading according to site requirements • maintaining a log book with details of trips, including rest breaks on long trips • Customer service. To successfully secure this opportunity, you must: • have at least five years truck-driving experience • have a C1 driver license (test driving will be done) • be reliable, punctual and self-motivated • have a great attitude and strong work ethic • be capable and confident in your ability. Closing date: 25 th August 2017 at 17h00 If you have the essential requirements and would like to seize this great opportunity, please send your resume and cover letter to or If you wish to discuss the position further, please call Vicky or Melissa at 061-213 423 SC 22_02_15 Our commitment To be the leading publication corporation, which adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards within Namibia and beyond. Ahead of the battle to become the undisputed super-lightweight king between Namibia’s Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo and America’s Terence Crawford, Scottish veteran fighter Ricky Burns reflects on his last fight against the unbeaten Namibian. Indongo cruised to a points victory over Burns in Glasgow back in April to add the WBA world title to the gold of the IBF that he had previously won in Russia against Eduard Troyanovsky. The 34-year-old Indongo will again be the underdog as he goes on the road once more to take on Crawford in Lincoln, Nebraska on Sunday morning, and Burns discusses what it is like to go up against the southpaw Indongo. Q: Was it difficult to prepare for Julius Indongo? A: On YouTube, you were able to get a couple of rounds here and there from some of his fights, but we knew what we were getting - a tall, rangy southpaw. We did have the proper sparring, brought in guys who were similar in height and reach, but when I got in the ring I could not believe how tall he was, and the length of his arms. He was a nightmare. Q: What were Indongo’s strengths? A: He’s just got that awkward style. He could hit a bit and has got everything going for him. His height, his reach, he’s a southpaw. He’ll give anybody problems and I do see him giving Crawford problems for a few rounds, but Terence is good at adjusting. Q: Was Julius technically good, despite his awkward style? A: He’s just got that awkward style. He could hit a bit and has got everything going for him. His height, his reach, he’s a southpaw. I think Scottish veteran boxer Ricky Burns Ricky Burns reflects on Indongo, talks Crawford fight everybody knows that I’m not the best at fighting southpaws anyway, but his footwork was really good as well. Sometimes when I was coming in, he was just getting out of the way. The referee had told us he was going to let us work it out when we got in close, but Indongo was just tying me up, he was clever that way as well - a good boxer. Q: Did he punch hard enough to gain your respect? A: I think in the second round there was a clash of heads, all down one side. Every time he threw that left hook - that was the punch he was looking for - and every time he caught with that swinging hook you could see that my legs were dipping. Q: What was Indongo’s chin like? A: I caught him with a couple of good right hands and he managed to take them well. Q: What was Indongo like as a person? A: I never spoke to him. I was that gutted that I don’t think I spoke to anybody. Q: Can he handle the big occasion well? A: He’s going over to fight Crawford in his own hometown, but I don’t think that crowd is going to be any more hostile than what he experienced in Glasgow. I think he will take it in his stride. Q: What are your lasting memories of that night? A: When I think back, I just couldn’t believe it. After that fight, I didn’t leave the house for about two or three weeks. I was gutted. He’s going on to fight Crawford for all the belts and I’m gutted that I’m not involved in that. – Sky Sports

Friday, August 18 2017| NEW ERA SPORT 47 Tribute to midfield workaholic, Gabriel Freyer Prodigal son… Gabes (4 th from left - squatting) with Orlando Pirates FC. Standing form left: Nunu Ortman, Maleagi Shikongo, Themba ‘Junior’ Mani, Geoffrey Vries, Bandi Namaseb, Jordan ‘Jorries’ Afrikaner, Paul Gawarib Uirib, Mero Goaseb, Alphons Doeseb. Squatting from left: Aaron ‘Arrie’ Mthebe, Mabos Vries, Ben ‘Kleintjie’ Gaseb, Gabriel Freyer, Ambrossius ‘Six Mabone’ Vyff, Petrus Freeman, Samuel Doeseb, Tobias ‘Banda’ Hermann. Former African Stars and Orlando Pirates football clubs’ midfield anchor, Gabriel Freyer, was arguably one of the most unheralded midfielders of his generation. While many of his peers from the southern part of Namibia would go on to make their name at Katutura giants Orlando Pirates or to a lesser extent, Black Africa, Gabes defied tradition by joining forces with Katutura glamour football club African Stars – much to the chagrin of his admirers. A product of the revered Tses Secondary School sandwiched between Mariental and Keetmanshoop – bro Gabes had the privilege of rubbing shoulders with some of the finest footballers during his formative years. He hooked up with the footballcrazy, highly gifted Goraseb siblings Norries, Albert and Kalistus. It was indeed here where he would watch in absolute awe the ball wizardry of the young left- footed football wunderkind Norries. “Without an iota of doubt, Norries was a cut above the rest – he was extremely gifted and could do a lot of things with a tennis ball glued to his tiny feet, which was the tool of the trade at the time.” New Era Sport caught up with the well-spoken calculated academic as he relives his illustrious football journey in full detail. Carlos ‘CK’ Kambaekwa Keetmanshoop Born Gabriel Freyer on the 7th of June, 1960, on a small farm outside Karasburg, southern Namibia, Gabes attended the then Roman Catholic Primary School in Karasburg. This learning institution would be rechristened De Poris Primary School in the intervening years. “Street football in Karasburg was serious business and if you left home on a Saturday morning it was normal to only arrive back at home by sunset, weary and hungry. “This exercise came at a price as we were given a decent hiding before dinner was served. Nonetheless, despite regular lashings by our parents, we were uncompromising and would repeat the deed time and again, sometimes even during weekdays,” recalls Gabes. Back in the day, it was the dream of most aspiring footballers in Karasburg to ply their trade for the town’s leading team, Rambling Roses. The team would regularly compete against visiting teams from Keetmanshoop (usually Blues or Real Fighters). “I can recall names such as Tabo, Padda, !Ub Josef Rooi and Dirk Bock who inspired many young boys during the late 60’s in the dusty streets of Karasburg.” It was during this time that young Gabes developed a serious interest in the beautiful game. He started at a very young age not knowing that football would ultimately take him far away beyond the dusty streets of Karasburg. As a result of the horrors of the Odendaal Commission, Gabes’ family was uprooted and forcibly relocated to Gibeon in the late 1960’s. In 1971, bro Gabes was placed at the Roman Catholic Primary School in Tses, which was part of St Therese High School. In his own words, football at the mission school was like a religion, with teams starting from A-sides at secondary school up to E-teams at primary school. All the teams were kitted out perfectly well, thanks to donations of balls and playing gear by Holland and Germany. On a particular weekend in 1971, Katutura giants Orlando Pirates visited the school for a couple of exhibition matches against St Therese in Tses. This afforded bro Gabes the opportunity to test his god-given talent against strong opposition and he certainly came out unscathed, passing the test with flying colours . Due to student turmoil during the middle 70’s, particularly in 1976, bro Gabes was obliged to juggle his studies between three different high schools before he could complete secondary school (matric). “My time at the Gibeon state high school was a memorable one in playing for the school club going by the name of A.I. United during the 1977/8 seasons.” The team comprised mostly of boys from Windhoek and Epukiro but soon afterwards Sorento Bucks was established, taking the competition to high levels at the school hostel. Amongst his teammates in the school football team was astute politician and former parliamentarian Kilus Nguvauva. “Kilus and I played in the same team and some of the blokes I can recall from this wonderful time of our high school days were Moses Tjikava Mbai, Isasskar Suva, Best Karamata, Norbert Tjozongoro, Anton ‘Chalo’ Cloete, Adam Cooper, Paul Swartbooi, Tommy Battle of the giants… Gabes (left) tussles for ball possession with inspirational midfielder Ben Gonteb, in a Premier league match between African Stars and Eleven Arrows at the Katutura stadium. Alcock, Patrick ‘Bullet’ Thomas and many others to whom I feel greatly indebted.” Back in the day, it was common practice for students to play for top clubs by invitation as guest players during the school holidays. Young Gabes would regularly feature for clubs like Tseiblaagte outfit Try Again (Keetmanshoop) and Aimalaagte giants Black Marocco Chiefs (BMC - Mariental). “Because of this exposure, I played my first match for Orlando Pirates A-team in June 1979 during the school holidays when the Ghosts were unable to field a full team.” Bro Gabes and Bullet were rounded up while holidaying in the city of lights (Windhoek) by former Buccaneers’ agile shot stopper Japhet ‘Bump Jive’ Hellao to turn out for the Ghosts. “At first I was having goosebumps because the big names in the squad were quite intimidating – I mean the likes of Tsotsi, Fly, Bigman, Vyff, Lemmy, Alu and Eric Muinjo.” The match was at the old Katutura stadium and turned out to be quite an exciting experience but equally intimidating, a place where character and reputation of club and player could easily win a match before the game had even started. “It was a place where spectators formed so much part of the action that after the match one could either be discarded on the spot or you became an instant hero.” Upon completing high school at the Marianum Seminary, Gabes was awarded a study bursary and enrolled for a teaching diploma at the Khomasdal Teachers College. It was at this reputable learning institution that his football career started to blossom after he joined Khomasdal outfit Strangers (Western Suburbs FC). During his tertiary studies he met Namibia’s football guru and astute scout, uncle Bobby Sissing. The hippy look-alike uncle Bob made a great impression upon Gabes’ perception of politics in sport after he took the young man to represent the Namibia Central Football Association (NCFA) Invitational Eleven in the South African Soccer Federation National Inter-Provincial B-Section Zonal Tourney in Cape Town. The newly formed league, made up of the majority of teams from Khomasdal, was a huge success, vibrant and active under the shrewd leadership of uncle Bob. Gabriel Freyer It was during his lodging in this popular football league that bro Gabes was spotted by African Stars’ mercurial midfielder Oscar ‘Silver Fox’ Mengo, and as they say, the rest is history. “My arrival at Stars was by far the pinnacle of my entire football career because I played my best football there, as I hit the ground running alongside blokes I still endear and respect up to this day. “I would like to single out Oscar, Albert Tjihero, George Gariseb, Alu Hummel and Asser Mbai. The latter positively inspired me and shaped my outlook on life. “Memories that stand out are our success in the coveted Mainstay Cup final against bitter rivals Blue Waters at a packed to the rafters Windhoek Stadium in 1984. Mengo’s last-gasp headed goal separated the two teams (1-0).” Having won silverware in his debut season for the Reds, Gabes went on to enjoy high accolades and was the mainstay of the usually hard to please Stalile fans. However, the hard-working midfielder jumped ship and rejoined boyhood team Orlando Pirates at the beginning of the 1997 football term. “The main reason I left was that things started to change dramatically after Mengo retired from competitive football. Things were no longer the same and I could not get along very well with the new management – hence my decision to seek greener pastures elsewhere.” Sadly, bro Gabes’ flourishing football career came to an abrupt end when he retired while still at the pinnacle. “I started teaching but unfortunately football started to interfere negatively with my workload – obliging me to quit the game.”

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