42 SPORT Friday, February 16 2018| NEW ERA Gone for greener pastures… Tura Magic and Brave Warriors goatee-bearded football playing center back Tebs Lombard (middle) will be a notable absentee when the domestic football league resumes with second round activities this week. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org You can’t keep a good man down… Civics diminutive mid- Gome-Batista has signed a lucrative deal with PSL Stars for an undisclosed transfer fee. AFRICAN STARS The MTC Premiership early pacesetters have boosted their squad with the arrival of Ratanda Mbazuvara from title rivals Black Africa. In-form striker Kaka Nekundi has his eyes firmly fixed on the prestigious MTC Premiership golden boot award – come end of the season. The former Tigers net buster is currently leading the goal-scoring charts with an amazing 9-goal tally from 12 starts. BLACK AFRICA Prodigal son Jerome “the Crocodile” Louis has finally returned home after a see-saw debut season with cross-town rivals Unam. The former MTC Premiership golden boot recipient left the Gemengde outfit a couple of seasons ago to play professional football with Gaberone leading club Township Rollers in neigbouring Botswana. Son of former BA great Rusten Mogane, Louis sent shockwaves amongst the BA diehards when the deadly “Crocodile” opted to sign for Unam, instead of his parent club BA – much to the chagrin of the BA supporters. In addition to Louis, the club also roped in the services of two exciting youngsters Bigman Goagoseb (Swallows) and Givonne Boois (unattached) to their squad. BLUE WATERS In a shocking move, leading striker Cosmos Kelechi Ekeh has suddenly developed itchy feet – only to resurface at fellow title rivals Katutura giants Black Africa. However, long-serving team manager Tostao Imbili wishes Ekeh all the best in his future endeavours, praising the Nigerian as an exemplary athlete who gave his all for the club. And contrary to reports that the Birds’ blue-eyed boy Armando Pedro was no longer coaching the team, the sharp-tongued Imbili has rubbished such claims as absolute hogwash aimed at tarnishing the good image of the club. Imbili is adamant the Angolan national’s sporadic notable absenteeism from the dugout is a result of his many travels abroad on business errands. CHIEF SANTOS The Nomtosub outfit is uncharacteristically mired in the relegation zone and barring a miracle, one of Namibia’s most recognizable football teams will soon disappear from the country’s elite football league. Santos have been entangled in tasteless boardroom wrangles since the club’s much-anticipated return to the elite football league at the beginning of the current term. Santos are dangerously confined to the basement area and seriously need to start winning league matches if they are to avoid an unwanted quick return to familiar territory. The club has signed six new players to boost their faltering fortunes and the on-loan arrival of tough-as-steak stocky defender Kaambi “Drogba” Kamupingene from fellow league returnees Life Fighters could just be what the doctor ordered. Santos have also recalled a quartet of players previously deemed surplus to requirement. CITIZENS The Citizens, alongside fellow Premiership campaigners Blue Waters, have made very little movement during the transfer window. Nonetheless, calculated club honcho Dawid Goagoseb strongly believes he has a squad capable of staying up – irrespective of other imminent challenges to be confronted in the dog-eat-dog industry of topflight football. CIVICS Veteran shot stopper Jack Mabuku has resurfaced at the Civilians (on loan) in a desperate search for first team action after the bulky goalie slipped down the pecking order at Black Africa. Meanwhile, inspirational on loan midfield playmaker Wangu Gome- Batista has left the club having signed a lucrative deal with Dudes Mwedihanga’s Platinum Stars in the stinking rich PSL. ELEVEN ARROWS Flirting dangerously with relegation, the gold and maroon coastal outfit has signed no less than five new players in a desperate effort to move away from the relegation zone. The much-needed presence of returnee veteran goal poacher Rudolf “Magic Feet” Bester has boosted the team’s overall morale and according to club legend Killa Samaria, the current crop of squad members oozes unbelievable confidence ahead of the start of the second round. LIFE FIGHTERS Having parted ways with head coach Christy Guruseb, “Okahirona” wasted little time installing national youth team coach Turipamwe Upi as the new gaffer to spearhead the team’s revival – as the Orwetoveni outfit fights to avoid an unwanted quick return to the lower tier division. In the meantime, “Okahirona” has recalled the previously discarded pair of Rochelle Karunga and Vasana Muatjindu to the squad, and also signed a few more players from the lower divisions in the form of Ndjiraeree Maharereo, Paulus Abel (loan) and Deon Ganiseb, while Cherlen Hameva also arrives on loan from Young Rangers. MIGHTY GUNNERS Currently perched in a precarious mid-table position on the MTC Premiership log standings, the men in camouflaged uniform made some wise movements in the transfer market. Gunners signed the pair of Arnold Horaseb and Mangundu Kauesa from fellow Premiership strugglers Rundu Chiefs and also snapped up Ukondja Kambindu from cross-town rivals Life Fighters, while Kennedy Eib also joined the fray from Touch & Go. ORLANDO PIRATES The traditionally unpredictable coach-less Ghosts remain intact and did not make any significant alterations to their playing personnel as they gear up to dislodge the teams above them on the log table from the pedestal. RUNDU CHIEFS In a desperate bid to stave off the relegation axe that has been hovering dangerously over them since the start of the current campaign – the boys from the Kavango River have moved swiftly in beefing up their squad. Niskano Nidrado was recruited from Julinho joining the Hadago Kaninab (Outjo Football Academy) and Tango Konis arrived from Rock Stones FC. Kalimbwe Someno has also been recalled to the playing squad. Chiefs also roped in the services of Uatandua Maharero, Neto Kaluna, Nareni Munika, Stephnaus Nambila and Johannes Bazilu – all arrived on loan from their respective parent clubs. TIGERS Discarded African Stars free-scoring stylish forward Asprilla Wermann resurfaced at the Namibian champions and is likely going to form a much-feared partnership with the equally free-scoring dangerous pair of Abes Iimbondi and Benjamin Nekawa. The incumbent Namibian champions have also reinforced their squad with the arrival of bulky Brave Warriors defender Dacosta Angula, who arrives on a six-month loan deal with teammate Bryan Bantam from Black Africa. Ingwe have also enlisted the services of Brendon Kotungondo from Flying Eagles to boost their already star-studded squad. TURA MAGIC Highly-rated Nigerian goal poacher Cosmos Kelechi Ekeh has joined the Magicians from coastal giants Blue Waters, while Lee Louw and Enzo Mungendje also arrived from the lower division. Goatee-bearded football playing centre back Tebs Lombard bid goodbye to his teammates as he awaits his papers to start a new life in the highly competitive Zambian Premier League in due course. The adorable Brave Warriors defender signed a three-year professional contract with Zambian heavyweights Lusaka Dynamos. UNAM Ronnie Kanalelo’s fired-up Clever Boys have been quite silent in the transfer business and only made one addition to their playing personnel – recalling Bonnie Kantori Jombe Pailinho from the wilderness. The latter is the son of former Black Africa deadly toe-poking net buster Bonnie Paulinho. Word coming out of Pionierspark is that the students are engaged in a tug of war with Tura Magic for the release of the attacking Manfred Dokkies Kazondume. It has since emerged the Magicians are reluctant to issue a transfer clearance despite the fact that the player’s contract already expired last October. YOUNG AFRICAN The overly ambitious league new boys have strengthened their playing personnel with a few arrivals, including the capture of former Brave Warriors agile shot stopper Denna Bruwer. The latter has been installed as goalkeeper-coach and will take the shot stoppers through the ropes at the Namibia Debmarine Cup holders. Ivan Muniko joined the Legare outfit from Life Fighters, while the trio of Akapeke Thomas, Reinhold Reinhold and Luhongeri Shikongo (Unam Ongongo campus) were also recruited to boost the squad. YOUNG CHIEFS Relegation-threatened Chiefs are fighting tooth and nail to avoid the drop to the lower division and have gone out on a spending spree - beefing up their skeleton playing personnel in a bid to move up the log table. The northern representatives have signed four new players in the shape of Pius Thomas, Shinovandu Reinhold, Israel Shikongo and Abes Ipinge – all from lower division campaigners.
Friday, February 16 2018| NEW ERA SPORT 43 Remember this Bird? Willibald Parri Shekupe 1949-1980 Blue Waters Football Club’s strongly built departed defender Willibald Parri Shekupe, was during his generation. Waters inspirational skipper was He was swept away by a strong high tide while stroking his huge In today’s edition of your Tales of the Legends, New this adorable giant. Carlos “CK” Kambaekwa Walvis Bay History would reveal that coastal side Blue Waters Football Club was arguably The perfect ‘Blue Bird’… Parri (9 th from left) attired in the blue and white strip of the “Beautiful Birds”. From left: Katsu Petrus, Tommy “Amukanya” Kaimbi, aka “Okanambaka”, Ruben “Ruby” Kamulu, Theo “Mitiri” Mutumbulwa, Maleagie Imbili, Johannes Kapwii Angula, Gowola Mupupa, Lukas “Oupapa- Etenda” Hipondoka, Willibald Parri Shekupe, Hautenya Nehoya, Simon Ulamba. Fantastic… Blue Waters FC inspirational skipper Parri Shekupe (right) with his Eleven Arrows counterpart Ringo Nakanene. Gone too soon… RIP Willibald Parri Shekupe Blue Waters FC where he would orchestrated the Birds’ victory