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38 SPORT Friday, December 1 2017 | NEW ERA For any juicy news tips from your respective clubs, contact New Era Sport’s editor: Carlos Kambaekwa at 081 128 3788 or drop an email to ckambaekwa@nepc.com.na AFRICAN STARS The Reds youthful trio of exciting winger Michael Ka- shot-stopper Vipua Veripi Tjimune, are away with the national youth football side for their traditional annual training camp in Accra, Ghana. A pair of consecutive draws has left the early pacesetters vulnerable going into tonight’s battle against the wounded Civics. Burly winger Gazza Kazeurua has turned his back on the game, exchanging his deadly togs for a cop uniform. The bruised “Starlile” will be missing speedy winger Tjiuana Tja Tjinotjiua and short-tempered overlapping fullback Treasure Kauapirura through injury. BLACK AFRICA Exiled Brave Warriors mercurial winger Awilo “Rakhale” Stephanus, son of retired Orlando Pirates and South West Africa been cold-shouldered by the Warriors technical staff after falling out with the seemingly untouchable trigger-happy hierarchy at Football House. Only time will tell how long the powers that be continue to allow their misplaced egos to get the better of them while ignoring such valuable talent. BLUE WATERS Omeya could not have asked for a better time than entering tomorrow’s derby against bitter rivals Eleven Arrows coming off a great weekend that saw Armando Pedro’s resurgent side manufacture two convincing wins against the visiting Tigers serving team manager Tostao Imbili is upbeat, saying the players are in high spirits and cannot see a reason why they should start from where they left off last weekend. The Birds will be without the services of Reginald Haraseb, as he starts his one-match suspension. CHIEF SANTOS Contrary to potentially damaging claims that Santos is mired rubbished the report as pure nonsense, insisting it’s more about a power crisis, not necessarily money. The usually calculated ence in the club’s internal affairs. The Copper Town lads are currently dangerously rooted 2nd from bottom on the log table and unless drastic changes are effected, the men in orange and the country’s second tier league. Our mole also revealed that some of the club’s old guard have made it their sole beat to interfere in team selection, demanding that locally born players are given starting berths. New Era Sport has it on good authority that players were on the verge of going on strike before last weekend’s league matches because of unpaid wages. This ugly situation was only rescued by the last-minute intervention from club elders. Meanwhile, an Interim Committee made up of former players has been put in charge to oversee proceedings until a new committee is elected. CITIZENS the often-inconsistent wounded Citizens confront cross-town non-starter after the fast-galloping goal poacher received a serious knock in last weekend’s defeat at the hands of struggling Rundu Chiefs. A highly charged-up Goagoseb says Unam will bear the brunt as his boys seek to redeem themselves. CIVICS Having collected a disappointing one point from a possible four, head coach multiple-league title-winning head coach Brian “Oubaas” Isaacs is upbeat going into tonight’s match against wounded table toppers African Stars, in a match that will go a with his team’s performance and believes the boys will pick up the pieces as time progresses. “We have lost a number of good players and are in fact in a rebuilding process with a relatively in a respectable place by end of the season.” Hotshot striker to start in tonight’s clash against the log leaders. ELEVEN ARROWS The proverb that when two elephant bulls lock tusks, the ground on which the battle is decided suffers the most, will be put to good use when coastal giants Blue Waters and Eleven Arrows lock horns in an Atlantic Ocean coastal derby at the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay tomorrow. Prodigal son Rudolf “Magic Feet” Bester made his eagerly awaited self. Club stalwart Killa Samaria told New Era that Bester’s presence and experience will in all likelihood lift the spirits very good young footballers to Blue Waters at the beginning of the season because of the sickening tribal belief that all Oshiwambo-speaking footballers should follow tradition by playing for Blue Waters. As soon as someone dangles a juicy carrot in their face – they are gone. There’s no longer pride and loyalty amongst modern footballers,” fumed the former, retired muscular defender. Reserve goalie Adam Mutenda is out through injury. LIFE FIGHTERS Following a slow start to their league campaign, “Okahirona” has picked themselves up and if recent results are anything to worsened by relatively young and inexperienced playing personnel, astute gaffer Christy Guruseb surely deserves a pat on the back for turning the club’s ailing fortunes around Robert “Robba” Nganjone has installed the much-needed MIGHTY GUNNERS - Going into this crucial tie as underdogs, given their opponents unbelievable form of late – the unpredictable visiting soldiers are more than capable of turning the tables to spring a surprise when the situation demands. ORLANDO PIRATES As it stands, the Ghosts are arguably playing the most attractive giving the early pacesetters a decent run for their money. The seemingly ageless stocky centre back Ivan Makina is maturing like some damn good old wine from the Cape and has proven to be a pillar of strength in the Buccaneers’ solid rearguard. The Buccaneers play away from home against the much-improved ingredients of a real humdinger. RUNDU CHIEFS Chiefs are taking a well-deserved much-needed breather this weekend and a relieved head coach John Sikerete says the bye after the intensive travelling for their league assignments across the country. “My players are really exhausted and I just hope and trust the break will do them well in terms of freshness and sharpness,” he expressed the hope they will start where they left off. TIGERS Sources with intimidate knowledge of the wrangling within the apparently skating on thin ice following a string of unpleasant results. Uncharacteristically, the reigning Namibian champions lost both their coastal encounters in last weekend’s league action – leaving them stationed in an unusual mid-table position on the MTC Premiership log standings. “Ingwe” returned empty handed from their coastal safari last weekend. TURA MAGIC The wheels of fortune are slightly coming off ‘managerless’ ably in joint 1st place alongside African Stars on the MTC Premiership log table, the Magicians were handed a proper football lesson by Armando Pedro’s resurgent Blue Waters in Walvis Bay last weekend. And to compound matters, the boys record dismissal of Papi Kavezembi, Ita “Giraffe” Keimuine and talismanic beanpole centre back Okeri Maekopo. UNAM The clever boys are still without the free-scoring Katupose twins as they nurse an assortment of niggling injuries. To the treatment room. Nevertheless, head coach Ronnie “The Magnet” Rokes Kanalelo, believes the students have what it takes to collect maximum points when they come up against Citizens. YOUNG AFRICAN Flamboyant young tenderpreneur, one Collin Venaani, son The self-styled business mogul and local socialite is reportedly as the newly promoted club seeks to make a serious statement in domestic football. The immaculately dressed Bro C is also blood cousin to popular Otjiherero Radio Sports presenter Rodman Katjaimo. The brother has never been shy to parade – and once paraded a whole range of juicy pairs of “Ratoes” tomorrow afternoon. YOUNG CHIEFS Flirting dangerously in the relegation zone, pressure is mounting Brave Warriors dreadlocked striker is having his hands full dent they can wangle their way out of the bottom with a win against fellow stragglers Chief Santos, when the two bottom clubs clash in a relegation battle. “If you look at the points difference between teams from the middle downwards – it’s very marginal, so we just need to win one or two games and we are out of the relegation zone. Indeed, words of wisdom from the man ducking the dreaded relegation axe that has been hovering dangerously over his team since the opening day of the current term.”

Friday, December 1 2017| NEW ERA SPORT 39 Remembering Civics strongman Kavinga Kaunozondunge Former Civics Football Club lanky football playing centre-back, Harold Kavinga Kaunozondunge, African Stars. dressed astute businessman, Uncle club African Stars in 1952. And as In today’s edition of your favourite weekly sport feature, Kavinga Kaunozondunge Kavinga Kaunozondunge Carlos ‘CK’ Kambaekwa Windhoek In years gone by, it was always the dream of young aspiring footballers residing in the vastly populated Herero section of Namibia’s largest residential area, Katutura, to turn out for Katutura glamour football club African Stars when they come of age. Retired Civics FC tough-tackling center-back Harold Kavinga Kaunozondunge was no exception to this tradition, as he grew up dreaming of one day playing for his boyhood team. But as fate would have it, this was not be, as Kavinga ended up featuring for the then unknown Khomasdal Born in the City of Lights (Windhoek) in the notorious Old Location – three years before the forced removal of the people there to the modern Katutura township in 1968 – young Kavinga started playing street football in the neighbourhood with his buddies. As a youngster, Kawvnga was exposed to a multi-cultural upbringing, as he attended several primary schools, including Bertholdt Himumuine Primary, St Andrews (Khomasdal) and St Josephs (Döbra). He was a founding member of the youthful local team Red Devils FC, playing alongside the Kazondunge siblings Abel (goalie) and Kaarari, as well as Namibia’s internationally acclaimed sprinter Totii ‘Maezu’ Hanava and other highly gifted young footballers from the hood. “I vividly recall that the late Paramount Chief of the Ovahereros Dr Kuaima Riruako sponsored our “Our dream was always to play for African Stars’ second strings proved extremely tricky as the likes footballers kept us at arm’s length from making inroads into the team,” he recalls. With the passing of time, the boys grew in stature and soon the time as they were desperate to advance their blossoming football careers. ship to resurface at Tigers. Kavinga at the time a pupil at Ella Du Plessis High School resurfaced at youthful with my new team mates, because most of the squad members happened to be my teammates from the school team,” he says. The skinny beanpole footballcrazy Kavinga would go on to represent his new club with distinction after he was converted centre-back, partnering club captain Ruben ‘Ou Pri’ Prinz in the heart of uncompromising rearguard. At the time Civics was established Central Namibia football Association (CNFA). The popular football league, under the shrewd stewardship of hippy look-alike football guru Uncle Bobby Sissing, under the auspices of the militant South African Council of Sport (SACOS) – whose motto was ‘no normal sport in an abnormal society’ – would go on to become one of the most sought-after gatherings locally. The new league was highly popular, attracting large crowds to Khomasdal Stadium that saw teams also competing in monthly knockout tournaments – much to the delight of the appreciative crowds. Apart from the mighty Civilians, other teams such as Swansea, Luton, and many other football clubs from Katutura, Khomasdal (Windhoek) in the what was the most exciting league. In the interim, young Kavinga would go onto represent his native land in the highly competitive annual South African Soccer Federation National Inter Provincial B-Section Zonal Tournaments on several occasions. “The federation had in general extremely competitive provincial tourneys in Pietermaritzburg and Cape Town, as well as here at home. It was indeed a great fun and a valuable learning curve for us young footballers playing against top quality footballers from South Africa. “To put it bluntly, coloured athletes employed a totally different type of football with more emphasis placed on technique, ball possession and retention, shooting from range and amazing passing while attacking space in the process, he narrated. By the time Namibia gained her democracy in 1990, all existing football leagues were disbanded, with all teams thrown in one basket paving the way for the unavoidable formation of a unified national football league. This led to the birth of the country’s elite football league, the Namibia Premier League (NPL). Regarded as lightweights, the youthful Civilians wisely collaborated with eternal rivals Arsenal FC to enter a strong combined team representing Khomasdal under Civics. CNFA were allocated two spots in the newly formed elite football league, but Arsenal waived their rights to newly established Liverpool FC – hence the presence country’s elite football league. Kavinga was to form the spine of the revamped Civilians’ line-up playing alongside club legend Brian ‘Oubaas’ Isaacs, Deon Brookes, Bassie English, Henoch ‘Ivory’ Uirab, Tiger Goagoseb, Willa van Wyk, Papi Isaacs and Karel Mouton, as the Civilians made a statement football with their carpet football. “The competition in the newly league was extremely tough, but we somehow managed to weather the storm because all teams from the Namibia Soccer Super League (NSSL) were very strong and competitive with phenomenal players in their armoury.” The tall defender eventually got a taste of international football when he was deservedly selected for the Brave Warriors – making his international debut against the visiting Guinea in an AFCON, in a one-all stalemate at a packed-to-the-rafters Independence stadium in Windhoek. member, but was eventually thrown into the lion’s den,” he says. This after regular centre-back, inspirational suspended. In the meantime, Kavinga and some of his Civics’ teammates teamed up with other talented footballers from Khomasdal with close links to ‘Upties’, touring Upington, South Africa on a regular basis to participate in the popular Easter Weekend knockout tourney against local teams from that neck of the woods. “We could not enter as Civics. That’s why we played under the disguised name ‘The Dream Team’, but it was nevertheless great fun playing in a different environment making new friends.” Kavinga cites former Nampol and Orlando Pirates dribbling wizard Ewaldt Hoeseb as the striker who gave him nightmares during his mighty Civilians. “To be quite honest, Bro Ewaldt was one hell of a goal-poacher, the boy was blessed with amazing talent and could dribble at unbelievable speed, shoot from range, had excellent ball control, was great header of the ball and was above all, a damn fantastic In his own words, the former playing against Khomasdal rivals Young Ones FC and also cherishes memories of the team’s battles with Katutura giants African Stars and Orlando Pirates. Kavinga singles out boyhood sensation Oscar ‘Silver Fox’ Mengo as the greatest footballer he has ever Trusted cadre… Kavinga (2 nd from left squatting with the mighty Civilians. Standing from left Heini Coetzee, Willem Cloete, Jan Cloete, Raymond Tanga, Henock ‘Ivory’ Uirab, Willa van Wyk, Ralla Klaaste, Terence ‘Pele’ Isaacs. Squatting from left Devon ‘Flamero de Janeiro’ Jansen, Harold Kavinga Kaunozondunge, Bassie English, Rex English, Ricardo ‘Bucksy’ Mannetti, Elgin ‘Sputla’ Masite and Deon Brookes.

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