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Friday, October 13 2017| NEW ERA SPORT 42 BAHÁ’ÍS COMMEMORATE HISTORIC BICENTENARY The Bahá’í community of Namibia joyfully announces the twohundredth anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, which will be commemorated in Windhoek, throughout Namibia and around the world, on 22 October 2017. Bahá’u’lláh brought the message of the oneness of God, the oneness of religion and the unity of mankind, a vision which the Bahá’í community of Namibia has striven to realise since its inception in 1953, engaging others for the spiritual and material progress of society, promoting unity, peace and service among all people. Guided by its world governing body and its national administrative assembly, the Bahá’ís of Namibia are sharing this momentous and historic occasion with the Namibian public, collaborating with their families, friends, neighbors and colleagues to commemorate this bicentenary through events organised at the local and national level to share the glad tidings of Bahá’u’lláh’s revelation through music, devotions and joyous celebration. The national event will host government officials, parliamentarians and members of the diplomatic corps who will be addressed by the Hon. Prof. Peter H. Katjavivi, MP Speaker of the National Assembly, and by His Worship the Mayor of Windhoek, Mr. Muesee Kazapua. For information regarding events to be held in various localities in Namibia, contact the Bahá’í national office: +264 61- 302663, 081-450 1360, To learn more about the Bahá’í Faith visit the official website Issued by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Namibia. Contact +264-61-302663 or 081-450 1360. The “Hot-Spot” for Renewable Energy and IT Solutions Nestor Tobias hails boxing prospect William Smith ... Smith scoops gold medal in SA Staff Reporter Windhoek Namibia’s leading boxing promoter Nestor Tobias has hailed the achievements of one of the country’s most promising young pugilists William Smith, who recently a won gold at the South Africa Junior Boxing Championships. William, a 17-year-old Namibian boxer currently studying in Cape Town, South Africa, trains with the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy when on holidays. He competes in the heavyweight division (89kg) and is still an amateur boxer. William hails from a sporting family, his father Eben Smith is a former rugby national team player who represented the country internationally between 1996 to 2003, and was also part of the Namibian squad that competed in the 1999 World Cup in France. “We are excited about William’s recent achievements and our goal is to get him gold at the next Olympic Games. He is well built, disciplined the future” said an optimistic Tobias. “I am excited about winning team gold in South Africa recently. The competition was tough but I am tough too. I am looking forward to pursuing a boxing career in Namibia with the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy once I have completed my studies in South Africa,” said William. Investment Conference Gala Dinner & Summer Ball 28 October 2017, Windhoek. Uranium Festival 11 November 2017, Arandis Uranium Festival Join us for an evening of glitz and glamour at the Arandis Investment Conference Gala Dinner & Summer Ball to take place at the Nampower Convention Centre in Windhoek on 28 October 2017. Gala Dinner registration ends: 20 October 2017 Gala Dinner tickets: N0 per person / N00 per table of 10 Summer Ball: N per person Come and showcase your products, services and innovations at the Arandis Uranium Festival. SMEs, Parastatals and services providers in IT, energy, mining supplies are especially welcome! ....the up-and-coming entrepreneurs, the innovators, the movers-andshakers, the out-of-box-thinkers... yes you! Investment Conference 2017 10 November 2017, Arandis We invite all local, national and SADC investors, exhibitors and businesses to attend the 4 th Arandis Investment Conference on 10 November 2017 in Arandis, Erongo region. Under the theme of Arandis, the “Hot-Spot” for Renewable Energy and IT solutions the Investment Conference will focus on: • investment opportunities in Arandis, • positioning Arandis as a preferred service provider to the Logistics industry, • showcasing the Erongo Region’s Uranium Mining Resources and Tourism opportunities, • Exploring renewable energy and IT solutions, and • creating networking opportunities across diverse business sectors. The conference is the ideal opportunity for Investors to acquaint themselves with Government priorities. With knowledgable speakers and experts presenting their views on ICT, energy, development and investments, this is the not-to-be-missed event of the year! Exhibit registration ends: 31 October 2017 More information contact Emsie Gertze Tel: 064 512 400 Email: Cell: 0818722391 Registration ends: 31 October 2017 Conference attendance fee: N,000 A Irene Jacobs Tel: Email: 064 512 415 Cell: 0813085308 read more at Invest in Arandis - Invest in the Future Bright future... Namibia’s top boxing William Smith (in red) poses with the gold medal he recently won gold at the South Africa Junior Boxing Championships. Photo: File Sponsored by

Friday, October 13 2017| NEW ERA SPORT 43 Remembering a forgotten son of the soil, Tsigeib …RIP – Pirates’ hard-as-nails fullback, Simon Germain Gariseb 1938-2006 Back in the day, there were all sorts of athletes with different personalities gracing our and breadth of our beloved Land of the Brave. While the likes of Bulwe Geingob, Wherrick Goraseb- Zimmer (Uerivara) Gabes “Flying Fish” Mupupa, Cleophas Siseva Siririka, aka Danger, Tommy Ushoana, Raymond Doods, Allan van Harte, Lemmy Special Narib, Coloured Kakololo, Mbauka ”Kaptein” Hengari, Floyd Maharero, Alfred Harob Gawanab, Times Mwetuyela , Engelhard Gariseb and many others inspired football fans with unbelievable ball artistry, there were also a few funny characters. One such footballer was the late Cape Cross/Pirates (Dolam) Football Club’s versatile but robust fullback, one Simon German Gariseb, aka Tsigeib. The seemingly ageless argumentative peacock-footed centreback took no prisoners and would get sucked in tough battles despite his fairly advanced age having played competitive football from the 50s until the mid-70s. New Era Sports unpacks the football journey of the Pirates’ forgotten man. Carlos “CK” Kambaekwa Windhoek History reveals that the beautiful game of football started to take shape in apartheid South West Africa (SWA) in the early 50s that saw the unavoidable emergence of Tigers, Cape Cross, African Stars and Thistles. However, it was not until the Windhoek Municipality started to show interest in the plight of the residents, obviously for strategic reasons, erecting recreational facilities, though of extremely substandard quality in the shape makeshift goalposts with nets missing at both the St Andrew’s Roman Catholic Primary adjacent to the Municipality (Bowker H/Q) at Windhoek’s location, nowadays known as Pionierspark and Hochland Park, respectively. The trio of departed football gurus, Herbert Conradie, Alfred Harob Gawanab and Oscar Norich-Tjahuha put shoulder to the wheel - knitting together proper organised structures as the beautiful game started to gain popularity among the entertainmentstarved black folks. of Bantus (blacks) descending on the city of lights (Windhoek) in search of greener pastures, including better educational opportunities, young darkish The one that got missing…The star-studded SWA Bantu Invitational Eleven in 1958 - Back row from left: Andreas Mogale (team manager) Amon Gaoseb, Licias “Coloured” Kakololo, Andries Nangolo, Izaak Malan, Stepha Niilenge, August Ekandjo, and Seth Kavandje (assistant team manager). Middle row from left: Hector Malan, Reinhold Geingob, Pierre de Wet (none travelling supervisor), and Wherrick Goroseb-Zimmer (captain) Kallie Bessinger. Front row from left: Simon Cloete, Fritz Adams, and Oscar Norich-Tjahuha, hide fellows fell madly in love with the spherical object. This led to the sudden mushrooming of football clubs and since almost every move was monitored by the gun-wielding Bowker boys, who made damn sure that ethnicity reigned supreme in whatever functions darkies embarked upon – every single move was by darkies closely monitored and tailored to be executed along tribal lines – obviously to the satisfaction of the oppressors (lawmakers) but very much to the chagrin of the supposed encoders (oppressed). Tigers catered for the O s h i w a m b o - s p e a k i n g community, African Stars was from a predominantly Ovaheroro/Ovambanderu clan while the playing personnel at Thistles FC was made up of a mixture of coloureds and basters. Namas also had their own entity in the shape of Rocco Swallows, to be renamed Ramblers Katutura (RAMKAT) in later years following the unavoidable amalgamation with neighbours Jungle Boys. As it stands, there is a longheld belief that the Damaras are the most urbanised tribe in Namibia and they are generally, and rightly so, argued to be the authentic implementers of the beautiful game in apartheid South West Africa (SWA) back in the day. they too could not be left behind as they established their own football team as a sense of belonging. This led to the establishment of the dangerous pair of Ramblers Tough nut to crack... RIP Simon Germain Tsigeib Gariseb and Cape Cross FC to be rechristened Pirates (Dolam) in the intervening years. The team was spearheaded by one of Namibia’s most all time, Wherrick Zimmer- Goraseb, better known as “Uerivara” in football circles alongside boyhood buddies Simon Tsigeib German Gariseb, Harob Gawanab and Amon Gaoseb. Interestingly, Ou Tsigeib headed a large group of Pirates’ travelling entourage to Lüderitz for a number of exhibition matches in both the football and netball disciplines against local teams in the southern harbour town. As fate would dictate, the marathon tour coincided with the upheavals of the forced removal from Windhoek’s Old Location in 1968. Interestingly, the trio ended in a six-week marathon journey as the dilapidated Ford van that had in all honesty seen its better days on the road broke down intermittently on the way to the team’s intended destination. And by the time the team returned home after their coastal excursion, shock lay in waiting as they found themselves homeless with their precious homes brutally demolished.More shockingly, distraught members of the team, found themselves in dire straits with their treasured belongings having been also forcibly removed by the itchy baton-wielding Bowker Boys (Municipal Cops). This led to the displacement of many of the club’s closeknit family with a good chunk of them finding refuge in the newly built pocket-size Dolam location, situated on the outskirts of Katutura. In the interim, Ou Tsigeib was tasked to usher several new generations of young footballers, including his kid brother, Erich “The Bomber” Hansen, Issaskar “Sky” Kuvare, Zebulon Brazello Haoseb, Anton “Safe” Kuruseb, Zorro Haoseb (Wagga Goagoseb’s old man) Moses “Moles” Owoseb and many other talented youngsters into the club’s culture. It can be rightly concluded that it was indeed through his influence that Pirates would become notorious for designing two different sets of rules whenever the going got tough. Pirates would not take kindly to referees’ decisions going against them and would often claim that the ball had crossed the goal line while it was to the contrary. The club made it their sole beat to dispute any decision going against them and match officials would sporadically fall prey to the serial argumentative peacockfooted Ou Tsigeib. And if the opposition scores what look like a legitimate goal, Pirates, under the stewardship of the Commander in Chief, Ou say whether the goal should be allowed or not. Well, in many incidents, the their way because the gold and verdict is delivered in their favour. Apart from his on-field antics, Ou Tsigeib could play the game with a decent measure of competence. A versatile athlete, he could play in many positions as a lethal striker, tough-as-nails centreback and was also equally at home between the sticks wherever the need arose. West Africa (SWA) Bantu Invitational Eleven undertook a tour to South Africa by rail in 1958, Ou Tsigeib’s the selectors’ wish list but the tough-tackling peacockfooted fullback declined the invitation. The team played several exhibition matches in Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein during their twoweek safari across the Orange River where they entertained football fans with their onetouch direct style of European football, complemented by ferocious long-range shots, as opposed to the short-passing game played by their South African opponents. “Football was great in those days because each and every team was loaded with athletes of exceptional quality in their armoury,” recalls Tsigeib’s boyhood buddy and former teammate, Wherrick Zimmer- Goroseb, aka Uerivara, when New Era Sports located the fast-as-lightning retired netbuster at his adopted home in Poffadder, in the North/West Cape Province, South Africa. He describes his old buddy as an incredible competitive athlete who never pulled out of tough battles, a very reliable teammate who always threw his battered frame on the line for the club and fellow teammates whenever he was feathers. “Ou Tsigeib was indeed very strong and quite steady on his feet, it was very rare seeing him coming out second best from tough confrontations. “He was more than capable of polishing any troublesome striker that came his at any given time. And oh, boy! The man could instill fear into marauding forwards at any given time with his traditional close man marking strategy”. A trusted one club man, Ou Tsigeib would go onto oversee several generations at his beloved black and gold strip Pirates (Dolam) in later years - playing competitive football until well over the age of 40+before eventually calling it quits well into the twilight of an otherwise flourishing football career, often casts in controversy – obviously deriving from his chronic argumentative moods. Sadly, the adorable versatile footballer took a bow from the game of life - just six days before celebrating his 68 th birthday on 4 July 2006. May his soul rest in eternal peace in one piece.

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New Era Newspaper Vol 22 No 167