38 SPORT Friday, March 9 2018| 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 email@example.com AfricAn StArS The Reds are embroiled in an ugly contractual spat with want away shot stopper Loydt Kazapua, son of the late Stars goalkeeper Ratjindua Katjimune. The latter is elder brother to another Reds stalwart, the late Bobby Tjiho. Insiders say Kazapua signed a short-term contract with the MTC Premiership log leaders but has ostensibly dug his heels in the sand over the possible extension of his employment contract as he is holding out for a lucrative move outside the domestic football league. In the meantime, word flitting out of the notorious Herero Mall is that “Starlile” are taking football administration to another level in the tough economic times. Our mole reveals that management has resolved to have a sizable chunk from the players’ meagre salaries cheesed off just because the poor players hold an 8 to 5 job outside football – an exercise that prevents them from attending all training sessions. BlAck AfricA Despite losing their crunch league match against reigning champions Tigers recently, Lucky Richter’s resurgent lions have dusted themselves off with a much-needed moral boosting triumph over fellow title contenders Unam to move within 7points from the summit. Jerome “The Crocodile” Louis is reportedly enjoying a new lease of life since his return to his boyhood team at the beginning of the current term. Veteran attacking midfielder Marko van Wyk is maturing like good old wine – the boy from the Garden Town netted a well-taken strike in BA’s hard earned 2-1 victory over a stubborn Unam in a mid-week league clash. Blue WAterS In what can be interpreted as sheer sour grapes, the Birds’ diehards have taken their anger and frustration out on Life Fighters’ ball boys. The poor “Pikininis” are scapegoated for the Birds’ lukewarm showing that saw the seasiders humbled 1-0 by the hosts in last weekend’s league action. The ball boys stand accused of employing delaying tactics for not releasing stray balls with the required speed. The claims did not go well down the spine of club honcho Anton Kake, who shot back on social media, reminding the complainants tongue in cheek that “Okahirona” also beat the same opponents in their own backyard in Walvis Bay in the first round. Serial inconsistency leaves the Birds dangerously vulnerable and in danger of being made to look carefully over their shoulders for the dreaded relegation axe hovering over them. chief SAntoS Barring a miracle, and a massive one for that matter, the once feared Copper Town lads are definitely destined for an unwanted quick retreat to the country’s lower tier division. Santos could only muster a draw against the visiting Tura Magic, collecting a single point from a possible six following another home defeat at the hands of rampant Tigers the day before. citizenS The citizens are swimming dangerously with the sharks perched in 11th position on the MTC Premiership log table, just 5 points above the drop zone. Club honcho Dave Goagoseb remains defiant, adding the Citizens are on course to establish themselves as a major force to be reckoned with in domestic football. “Going into this weekend’s matches, we have a clean bill of health with no injuries or suspensions, so I don’t see why we should not collect the six points at stake against our coastal opponents.” civicS Sitting just four points above the final relegation spot – Brian Isaacs’ Civilians are facing the prospect of relegation to the lower division unless results start to improve drastically. Central defender Deon Kibit starts his one-match suspension after he accumulated four cautions. Reliable shot stopper Ted Maova is a doubt battling a niggling injury but sources close the club say the acrobatic net minder is likely to recover in time for this weekend’s away matches and will travel with the Civilians for their northern safari. eleven ArroWS Though the maroon and gold outfit sit in mid-table, 8th spot to be precise after 21 rounds of matches, the coastal side has amassed 27 points but can still not rest on their laurels with eight points separating them from the relegation zone. Exciting midfielder Mobay Vlees could miss the club’s inland journey as he has been laid down through injury. life fighterS Fresh from back-to-back wins in last weekend’s league action, “Okahirona” will be out to replicate their good home form of late away from home when the purple and white strip outfit travel to the city of bright lights for tough assignments against title-chasing resurgent Black Africa and Young African, respectively. Mighty gunnerS Club official Kuume Erastus is oozing with confidence, adding that the arrival of new recruits from Rundu Chiefs (2) and Touch & Go (1) has boosted the squad significantly. “One can see the improvement and enthusiasm amongst the players that we are on a serious mission - building a strong and very competitive team,” boasts Erastus. orlAndo PirAteS The demise of the mighty Ghosts has many football followers in a fix with questions being thrown around as to how a team blessed with such a highly gifted bunch of footballers struggles to manufacture decent results on the bounce. The clearly out of sorts Ghosts were humbled by unfashionable mid-table Eleven Arrows in front of their home crowd in an uninspiring league match on Sunday. The results left the darlings of domestic football lingering dangerously close to the relegation zone – much to the chagrin of the club’s hard to please supporters. The wounded Buccaneers could not have wished for a more ideal platform to redeem themselves when they confront bitter rivals BA in a potential league-survival defining clash of the titans at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, tonight. rundu chiefS The much-improved boys from the Kavango River face their sternest test of character when they play host to in-form Tigers and Tura Magic at the “House of Pain”, the Rundu stadium. tigerS Lethal goal poacher Mapenzi Munavei has sent a sound warning to his former teammate Kaka Nekundi to watch his back in the goal-scoring charts. The former Eleven Arrows target man is on song and many believe Ingwe’s upturn is in part due to his goal-scoring prowess. Head coach Woody Jacobs is in high spirits and cannot heap enough praise on new recruit, Malawian holding midfielder George Nyirenda. The latter joined Ingwe from top Zimbabwean side Caps United. Jacobs revealed to New Era Sport that the six-week hiatus has gifted the team appropriate time to catch up with their fitness levels whilst the arrival of experienced players Dacosta Angula, Bryan Bantam, Kumbee Katjiteo and the return of Kennedy Amutenya has also given “Ingwe” a much needed welcome lift. turA MAgic Gangling Brave Warriors habitual wasteful striker Ita Keimuine has closed on the league’s leading goal scorer Kaka Nekundi of African Stars. “Makanya” as Ita is affectionately known in football circles, sits just one goal shy of Nekundi’s 11 strikes (10) while teammate Junior Theofelus sits on 8. The Magicians will be without the services of head coach James Britz in the dugout this weekend. The youthful mentor has been given compassionate leave to attend the burial of his brother-in-law in neighbouring South Africa. A close ally to the club blames goalkeeping blunders for the Magicians’ lacklustre performance, which has seen the team surrender leads from winnable positions in recent outings. unAM Head coach Ronnie Kanalelo admits the league title is way beyond the students’ reach, blaming his team’s failure to stay within touching distance of the log leaders on poor finishing. “Look, let me be honest with you, we are playing good football but the habitual inability to put the ball in the net when the situation demands has been our biggest Achilles heel.” The “Clever Boys” have two fairly winnable matches in store when they welcome the inconsistent coastal pair of Blue Waters and Eleven Arrows at their fortress, Unam sports field this weekend young AfricAn The wheels of fortune are hastily coming off the smooth cruising train of the exciting Epako outfit. The league’s new boys seem to still be basking in the sun following their fairytale run in the Namibia Debmarine Cup, slightly aided by the no-show of the big guns. Those in football circles attribute the club’s great run since the beginning of the new term primarily to an assortment of contributing factors such as the old fallacy of the new broom always producing excellent sweeping, while some football pundits describe the club’s fairytale run as just another nine-day wonder. young chiefS The Northerners could only manage to collect a disappointing single point from a possible six at home – courtesy of a hard fought draw against the visiting Tura Magic on the heels of a 2 – 0 defeat against rejuvenated reigning Namibian champions Tigers. With matches coming in thick and fast, Cascas Angula’s misfiring charges need to jack up their act and start collecting points if they are to avoid an unwanted hastened return to familiar territory, notably when playing at home where home-ground advantage should come in handy. Failure to collect maximum points at home against the visiting African Stars and Civics this weekend could all but signal the end of Chiefs’ lodging in the elite football league.
Friday, March 9 2018| NEW ERA NEWS 39 The unzipped passage of Eastern Jumpers FC The pride of Batswana ba Namibia Back in the day, during the height of apartheid in the then South West Africa (SWA) many recreational institutions were formed along tribal lines to create a sense of belonging and the beautiful game of football did not escape the wrath. In 1974, a group of energetic Setswana-speaking Namibians residing in Namibia’s commercial capital Windhoek resolved to form a football club in a bid to build a sense of communityx. This led to the unavoidable formation of Eastern Jumpers Football Club (EJFC). The club consisted of players who hailed from a Roman Catholic village holed up north of Gobabis, commonly known as Epukiro RC, to be christened Metsweding in the intervening years. In those early days of virtually nonexistent technology and vast distances, the bright lights of Windhoek seemed a world far away from home. It felt like one had to cross or jump many borders from the east in order to reach Windhoek - hence the adoption of the name Eastern Jumpers. Carlos “CK” Kambaekwa Windhoek The inevitable birth of Eastern Jumpers Football Club was indeed the brainchild of Richard ‘Ou Rich’ Moshosho. The latter teamed up with the trident of fellow founder members Victus Edward, Bonny ‘Maano’ Pogisho (late) and the late Kgobetsi ‘Takes’Tekoyajone. Prior to that, “Ou Rich” played for Sadly, the brother became disenchanted with what he perceived as tribal preferential treatment towards certain squad members whenever it came to team selections and decided to jump ship in 1970. “Ou Rich” went on an aggressive campaign, mobilising and persuading all Setswana-speaking footballers and sympathisers in and around the city of Windhoek to join forces with the newly formed sporting institution. The committee was bolstered by the arrival of Black Mokaleng, Rems Maleke and Patrick Tibinyane (late) with the late Chips Thudinyane also joining the fray at a later stage. “Ou Rich” and his old guard guided the orange and white stripe humble beginnings into a formidable the highly competitive Central second the big clubs in the city of Windhoek. Some of the most notable names of this era were; Tselapedi Mogotsi, Felix Mogotsi, Blasius Sebetwane, Tiel Mokwena, Tabadi Pelonomi, Dennis Formidable team… Standing, from left: Tabadi Pelenomi, Lebby Mbekele, Francis Goeieman, Dentos Khoa, Tlhaba Modise, Pascalius Arnath, Eteb Bafrath, Matande Marobela, Squatting from left: Kondjeni Tjilale, Osengkeng Dirks, Axel “Doc” Tibinyane, Boetatjie Tibinyane, Lapi Tibinyane. “Oubaas” Pogisho, Erwin ‘Kaitanab’ Motonane, Striker Makgone, Bernard aka “Ouderdom” Credo Johnson, Dominicus ‘Cousin’ Mokwena, Stanley Moatshe,Vincent Mamaregane, Ruben Ironically, both Jumpers and the strongest teams in this particular division and the rivalry between these two football giants would escalate to the popular knockout cup tournaments Matches between the two clubs players spearheaded by inspirational skipper Striker Makgone. The no- Striker was your modern box-to-box with crucial match winning goals. “Oubaas” Pogisho was bamboozling defenders at will with brutal speed and stinging the oppositions’ shot stoppers’ palms with his ferocious long-range shots. Next Generation The club’s highly entertaining brand of carpet football started to entice many footballers from all walks of life. The club unearthed many young talents and became a famous football academy and happy hunting ground for the Premier League top dogs scouting as both clubs were based in the same in Katutura. The massive success achieved by EJ at the same time became its downfall, playing personnel was poached (free of charge) year in and year out by the Premier league teams. Some of the outstanding players that jumped ship for pastures green elsewhere were; Vincent Mamaregane Tjikupe (OP) Donbaldt Shipanga (Tigers) Credo Johnson (C Santos), Kondjeni Tjilale, late Tjatindi Tjilale The General… anchorman, Striker Makgone squad member Civics), Oubaas Mokwena (Tigers), ‘Mr Soccer’ Kandjimi and Zico Simbo (both R Chiefs). was almost inevitable that players Bonny Mokhatu, Striker, Bonny Morwe, Ignatius ‘Teacher’ Thudinyane and Simon Kgobetsi, Jumpers rose to prominence and were a major force to reckon with in domestic football The club unearthed phenominal athletes in the shape of Lebeus Mbekele, Oubaas “Siwelewele” Mokwena, Kondjeni Tjilale, Sakaneng Mosimane, Tibinyane, Boetatjie Tibinyane, Karl “Oom K” Tibinyane, Erastus “Pro” Mokwena, Tlhaba Modise, Zico Rivalries part and parcel of the unavoidable transformation in domestic football that saw the amalgamation of football Lions and new exciting Khomasdal any stadium any time, it was whenever Lions) locked horns. This bitter rivalry between the two when the Lions of Judah were promoted pulled the strings for the exciting of Billy Tuahepa, Kallie Billhawer, Jackson Meroro would dish up toe-totoe encounters yet to be experienced in modern-day football. the new-look EJ and Civics would draw full crowds from Katutura to Khomasdal with their countless mouthwatering brand of skilful displays of diski football. The likes of Brian Isaacs, Ivory Sputla Masite, ruled the show at the youthful Civilians side - propelling to the country’s elite football league The next top draw show was EJ and Firestone, where the likes of Khulu dangerous, dominating the league to such an extent that they went a whole season unbeaten, to replicate the same feat manufactured by their bitter rivals when the “Lions of Judah” gained In the same year, Jumpers knocked from a knockout cup competition The Predator… RIP Oubaas Pogisho also enjoyed successful stints with Namib Woestyn, Tigers and Life Fighters during an illustrious football career. Gone too soon…. Founder member, Richard ‘Ou Rich’ Moshosho. Metropolitan Cup and went on to lose against Orlando Pirates in the such as Okahandja and Rehoboth in search of gaining the elusive promotion to the elite league. the worst years for both Katutura giants staring relegation in the face. Those in the corridors of power took boardroom decisions that these two teams may not get relegated, as it would mean disaster for the overall welfare of football in Katutura. Eastern Jumpers were in the same pool with Tigers, and won all their matches convincingly and only had only needed a draw for promotion at the expense of Tigers, who had to win at all cost to avoid the chop. their intentions, Tigers was coached by was his elder brother Boy-Boy of Tigers. EJ protested about this unfairness but were threatened with dismissal. The outcome was a foregone the referee to award Tigers a highly disputed spot kick in the dying minutes of the match and in this way EJ was denied promotion to the country’s elite football premier league. It took ages to build that calibre of a team and it took just one event to break it. The EJ players were so devastated and many of them decided to prematurely end their football careers and hung up their football togs. The remaining players were snatched by various Premier League teams and went on to enjoy success with their respective new clubs. It’s such an injustice and sad experience that a football club boasting the calibre of EJ never got the chance to test themselves against the best of domestic football on display. In the meantime, retired members of the club have regrouped in an effort to revive the club with the ultimate aim of restoring this great institution back by: Ignatius “Teacher” Thudinyane