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New Era Newspaper Friday February 9, 2018

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Friday, February 9 2018| NEW ERA SPORT 42 Play the ball, not the man The ensuing brouhaha amidst confirmation by the Namibia association’s long serving secretary general Dear readers, before you accuse the author of bias, it’s not and has never been my beat to choose sides with certain individuals Yours truly has been carefully keeping an eagle eye on comments and opinions blared on social media after the news contract is unlikely to be renewed upon its Not that I give a damn whether the brother stays or leaves, but alas, in any decent structures there ought to be is a reputable massive institution whose commander-in-chief of the country’s and probably reserves the right to choose However, the cruel manner in which the announcement was conducted leaves a lot have been alerted way in advance that his services will no longer be needed – at least It should be noted that contracted employees have certain rights as well which My biggest concern is for the trigger-happy It will be catastrophic to get rid of somebody worse than the outgoing SG just because he or she falls in the clique My humble advice to football followers and administrators is to allow due process to run its course whilst refraining from the sickening tribal undertones for the best Let us do things by the book Interestingly, yours truly received a request from a close buddy who happened to be our honourable ambassador to the land of the Pharaohs, Egypt, Japhet ‘Spiderman’ The articulate diplomat, a keen follower of the beautiful game and an astute retired shot-stopper (goalie) formerly with Black (Katutura) was inquiring, and rightly so, about the presence of a Namibian footballer who is making waves in the highly competitive Egyptian topflight football league, The brother was in high spirits and eager to be briefed about the new kid on the block, one Benson ‘Styles’ Shilongo, who announced his arrival in the highly rated Egyptian football league with a gem of a footballer to ply his trade in the land of Now, the fundamental question that needs to be addressed should be: protocolwise, is it not incumbent upon the duly inform our designated representatives in a particular foreign country whenever athletes are shipped out to those nations? VACANCY: Technical Advisor (Environmental Economist) FOR Resource Mobilisation for Biodiversity Conservation Project (ResMob) The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), are currently implementing the Biodiversity Program, including the Biodiversity Management and Climate Change project (BMCC) and the Resource Mobilisation for Biodiversity Conservation project (ResMob) GIZ provides viable, forward-looking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalised world. Our corporate objective is to improve people’s lives on a sustainable basis. For more information on the project, kindly visit the website: https://www.giz.de/en/worldwide/32010.html http://resmob.org The GIZ ResMob Project is seeking to recruit an experienced Technical Advisor and hereby invites applications from highly motivated professionals. Responsibilities include: The Technical Advisor is responsible for: mobilisation, capacity building, biodiversity economy with a broad range of target groups Tasks 1. Advising the partner institution(s) The Technical Advisor in close consultation with counterparts and work at the regional level events on issues connected with the project’s area of activity improvements and initiatives 2. Networking and cooperation The Technical Advisor and cooperates with local communities, relevant organisations, non-governmental agencies and individuals in the project environment and with other projects to improve and maintain good working relationships 3. Knowledge management The Technical Advisor and procedures programmes. Professional boxer Paulus ‘Hitman’ Moses (left) with trainers Nestor Tobias (middle) and SBK Kaperu (far right). Photo: Contributed Team Moses jets off to USA Staff Reporter Windhoek Namibia’s former world boxing champion Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses and his team left for the United States of America (USA) last night, Moses, protégé of the revered Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing Academy, is going to prepare for his upcoming The WBO lightweight world title The veteran Namibian boxer is accompanied by handlers Nestor Tobias and Siegfried Kaperu on his American safari and the travelling entourage was expected to arrive in The team will attend a media conference at the gym next Tuesday the next day before concluding with television network interviews on weigh-in rituals also slated for the same 4. Coordination tasks The Technical Advisor organisation and moderation of planning exercises and their implementation, management, and in cooperation with the partners, both as regards implementation and preparing organisational aspects project progress review, reporting) are agreed with management Closing date for applications is Wednesday 21 February 2018 at 17h00. Interested candidates, applicationsnam@giz.de or be submitted with a CV including three references only. Supporting documentation will be requested from applicants if and when required. Please note that no documents will be returned and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Friday, February 9 2018| NEW ERA SPORT 43 Bennie Volgraaf, the lanky football playing ‘Japie’ When visiting South African professional football club Orlando Pirates touched down in Windhoek, South West Africa to engage in exhibition matches against a local Invitational Eleven made up of whites – local football fans were witnessed here before. The Jomo Sono inspired Buccaneers ran rings around the locals but the match turned out to be a leaning curve for the local amateurs. immensely from rubbing shoulders with the star-studded visiting side is striker, Bennie Volgraaf. The multi-talented beanpole a Jack of all trades, excelling in almost everything he laid his hands pigskin – Bennie was also a noted cricketer; he equally excelled in softball and hockey during his school days. The tallish moustached athlete was also instrumental in transforming Ramblers into a multiracial sports entity – much to the chagrin of some of his hardcore fellow teammates and extreme conservative club members. New Era Sports caught up with the humorous Bennie as he relived his remarkable football journey revealing that scary moment during the ‘notorious’ Katutura Township. Carlos ‘CK’ Kambaekwa Windhoek Born Bennie Volgraaf on the 9 th of June 1956 in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa – Bennie was still a toddler and hardly out of his pair of nappies when his parents relocated to South West Africa (SWA - Namibia) in 1957. Unlike many other boys of Dutch origin who were enrolled at Afrikaans medium schools – Bennie found himself at St Paul’s College, a predominantly English school holed in Windhoek’s posh residential area of Klein Windhoek. His old man, Vollie Volgraaf was a keen oval ball chaser (rugby) – but Bennie was obliged by circumstances beyond his control to break tradition as he turned his energy to other sports codes because the game of rugby was taboo at most English schools. “I had no other choice but to play football and became addicted to the beautiful game,” recalls the retired Ramblers’ extremely skillful towering playmaker. Bennie would go on to represent his adopted native land at provincial level in multiple sporting disciplines such as football, hockey, cricket and softball while still at school. “There were a total of 13 provinces competing in these tourneys annually hosted by South Africa. I managed to juggle my precious time between all the sports codes but there’s one particular tourney that will always linger in my mind for the rest of my life. “Our team defied the odds stacked against us to finish in a commendable third place in Johannesburg. And what was especially amazing was our near The fox amongst the hyenas… Bennie (2 nd from left - standing) in the blue & white strip of Ramblers FC in 1977. Back row from left: Hasso Ahrens (player/coach) Bennie Volgraaf, Immo Steffens, Gunter Hellinghausen (capt), Hartmund Beyer, Volger Hoth, Willie Roesener and Werner Sasse. Squatting from left: Uwe Ahrens, Shorty Lohmeir, Alvaro Amorin, Bobby Craddock, Jeff Marting and Henning Barth. against eventual winners Northern Transvaal”. The underdogs from South West pushed the champions-in-waiting to the limit - only to succumb to a hard fought 2-1 defeat. “Nonetheless, we certainly gave them a good run for their money since they made a clean sweep in the youth football tourney sweeping their opponents aside with massive score lines – scoring an amazing 61 goal tally whilst conceding a paltry three goals, one against us”. Amongst his celebrated teammates were; former South West Africa and Ramblers inspirational skipper Gunter Hellinghausen, Saxy Sasse, Heiner Beiter, Hartmud Beyer, Amim von Biljon, Jeff Marting and a horde of other highly gifted young footballers. the boys from north of the Orange River left behind an impressive legacy that culminated in young Gernot Ahrens being duly rewarded with Springbok colours for his par excellence performance. “Without an iota of doubt, that was the highlight of my entire sporting career for the simple reason that we used to be the whipping boys in the South African provincial was an astonishing achievement on its own”. In the interim, Bennie would also represent his adopted native land with distinctions in cricket, softball and hockey. The versatile lad was deservedly installed captain of the SWA Junior boys hockey team and just missed out on selection by a whisker to join the Junior Springboks hockey team. “I was amongst the shortlisted 22 squad members but could unfortunately not make the cut for Young Bennie’s impressive unmatched goal scoring prowess did not go unnoticed amongst talent scouts as he was snapped up by Windhoek giants Ramblers Football Club, aged 14 and hardly out of his pair of shorts. “I was somehow lucky that I joined Ramblers at the time when the club was coached by club legend Don Corbett. We went on an amazing winning spree clinching each and every available silverware on display. “The national football league was quite tough and very competitive with clubs like Sparta, Atlantis, Tsumeb/Kombat, Otavi, Swakopmund, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja Mannschaft, all playing good football. “Playing alongside Hellinhausen, Bob Koudelka, Sexy Sasse, Steini Steinfurth, Corky Horstemhke, Ian Wood, Willy Roesener, Andy Martin, Heiner Ihlein, Bobby Craddock, the Ahrens brothers Hasso and Uwe helped me a lot to improve my game”. And although he has fond memories of his playing days, Bennie recalls a particular close shave with death during a nasty incident that dominated Rammies’ Katutura giants Orlando Pirates. “It was a nerve wrecking affair after we had taken a 2-1 lead with large crowd became restless starting to throw all sorts of dangerous objects onto the pitch. “Luckily, the wide awake match referee ended the contest prematurely – only for pandemonium to break loose. We had to rush for our team bus and to our relief, there were no casualties. “To be quite honest, it was the career to play in front of such a big crowd. Nevertheless, we quickly settled down silencing the noisy large crowd playing our traditional one touch style of football”. Bennie’s genes dictated that he would be a great athlete – after all, his old man ‘Vollie’ wore the armband for the now defunct Talpark Rugby Club in addition to being the undisputed provincial (SWA) champion in the 100-metre sprint. The lanky forward was an invaluable squad member of the all-conquering Rammies side that won the inaugural Central Football Association (CFA) league title ahead of African Stars in a twohorse race. However, the Reds had the last laugh as they clinched both the national football league and coveted Mainstay Cup – at the expense of Sadly, Bennie’s blossoming football career was prematurely halted when a niggling ankle injury abbreviated any further interest he might have had in continuing Bennie Volgraaf Jack of all trades... Bennie (middle back row) with the all-conquering Ramblers men’s hockey side in 1978. Nevertheless, all was not lost as the lanky forward joined the club’s management team. Bennie was deservedly elected president of Ramblers football section in 1982. He would go onto play a pivotal role in the transformation of the club, as Rammies rewrote the history books to abolish segregation and racial barriers in sports. “It was an extremely unpopular decision because some of the club members would have none of it but enforced democratic voting process. “As fate would dictate, 63 percent of the paid up members were in favour of integration and that’s how Rammies managed to lure footballers of colour to its stable with Eric Muinjo and Bertus Damon colour crossing the racial barrier.” On a rather sad parting shot, Bennie bemoans the declining standard of local football adding pulse as to what went wrong. “During my playing days, the league was very competitive and had very strong teams. I must admit that footballers like Ivo de Gouveia and Oscar Mengo were a cut above the rest and that surely made football a very interesting spectacle to watch”.

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