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New Era Newspaper Friday September 1, 2017

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38 SPORT Friday, September 1 2017 | NEW ERA trike while the iron is hot Knock-on effect, Domino effect or better still, kowtowing – that’s the definition of being overly deferential. Well, let me be. In reality, kowtowing literally means touching the ground with one’s forehead, as a sign of deference. Truth be told, there have been great thinkers in history and it can be quite tempting to treat anything whatsoever said by a thinker whom you greatly admire as if it were obviously genuine. My take is that uncritical acceptance of other people’s ideas and philosophies could lead to mental stagnation. It has been months now since our football bosses resolved to bury the hatchet in the apparent best interest of the beautiful game. Needless to note, the entire country is waiting with bated breath as to when league activities will finally start in the country’s topflight football league – the Namibia Premier League – after a self-imposed hiatus lasting more than a year. Word on the street is that those who have been entrusted to run an eye over the internal affairs of their respective football clubs have been burning the midnight oil to refine the NPL fragile statutes before holding the much-anticipated General Assembly to elect a new executive. Yours truly still maintains that the patchy constitution is not the actual cause of the trouble in domestic football; the problem lies deeper than the constitution because a piece of paper does certainly not play football. It’s now a well-documented secret that Namibian football has a deep-seated handicap, which many a club owner is trying by all means to sidestep. Without beating about the bush, continuous dwelling crowds are the biggest problem in our football and until such time this issue is addressed our football will remain a muchsought after delicacy for stray dogs. All stakeholders should sit around the table to define a sustainable business model and put measures in place to entice the masses to attend local league matches. Firstly, we should ask ourselves, is that product on offer good enough to swell the turnstiles? And if not, why not? And what should be done to improve the product and make it more attractive to paying customers. Secondly, there are hopelessly too many teams (16) in the topflight football league – thus diminishing the quality of opposition, which negatively contributes to substandard performance by the playing personnel. Top football playing nations, including England, have a maximum of 20 teams in their respective leagues despite being blessed with the luxury of a large pool of human resources to draw players from all over that country. It’s about time football bosses introduced hard and fast rules by setting barometers and strict requirements for the qualification of clubs partaking in our august football league. We should not have two or fouryear-old clubs without any credible football pedigree playing in our topflight football league – that’s uncalled for under normal conditions. From what I gathered the same old hands are going to be recycled again to be in charge of the NPL hierarchy. Please pardon me, but these are the very same blokes who were part and parcel of the failed administration and can seriously not come out now to say they are now suddenly equipped with brilliant ideas to take the game forward. Honestly, tell me: what is it that these blokes in blue suits will do that they could not achieve during their previous tenure on the NPL Board of Governors? I’m just wondering. I rest my case. UAE’s Suri wants to score big against Namibia VACANCY The Commission’s vision is to be the preferred provider of comprehensive social protection in Namibia. As a strategic and dynamic organization, very committed to our contribution to the nation at large, SSC, invites suitably qualified persons to apply for the following position. CORPORATE GOVERNANCE DEPARTMENT COMMISSION SECRETARY (Paterson D3) Primary purpose of the job: Reporting to the General Manager: Corporate Governance, the Commission Secretary is responsible to provide and manage a professional specialist function for the Commission Secretarial Services to the Board and Management of the Social Security Commission, as well as to maintain and continuously improve the Commission structures and process abilities to monitor and identify areas of non-compliance to relevant Social Security Commission regulatory and corporate governance frameworks. Minimum requirements: • An LLB Degree or equivalent qualification in Corporate Law • Specialist knowledge of Commercial /Company Law and Corporate Governance is required. • A registration as an Associate or Fellow Chartered Secretary will be to the incumbent’s advantage. Minimum practical experience required in order to fulfil job demands: • 8 years’ experience in understanding legislation and its applications in a corporate environment. • At least 3 years’ experience is required in a corporate environment, as the delivery of company-wide projects and coordination of programs requires a wide variety of competences in dealing with Executive Managers in a highly systemized and administrative environment. Chirag Suri has vowed to raise his game and score “big runs” for the UAE in their matches against Namibia despite being satisfied with his performances against Netherlands. The 22-year-old batsman is part of the 14-man squad for the ICC Intercontinental Cup and World Cricket League matches in September. Suri has retained his place in the 14-man squad for next month’s matches against the African outfit after scoring 25 runs in the triumphant 2-1 50-over series tour against Netherlands in July. It means the batsman will have another chance to prove his potential when the UAE take on Namibia in the four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup from September 16-19, as well as the two 50-over World Cricket League matches later that month. And while he’s wary of the stern competition he faces, he is adamant to deliver whenever his opportunity comes. “I was satisfied over there (in Netherlands) but I still want to be getting more runs,” said Suri, who was bought by Gujarat Lions in this year’s IPL auction. “I think being satisfied means you just hold back and be happy with what you got but I don’t think like that. I’m always happy with what I’ve got. I’m still happy with what I did there. It was rainy conditions and hard to score but I still want to do more and score the big runs for the UAE.” If Suri does line up for the I-Cup game at Windhoek’s Wanderers Cricket Ground, he would be making his first-class debut. It would be a big step up to a format he’s relatively unknown in, having played various T20 and 50-over matches. But it’s a challenge he’s ready to embrace. – Sport360.com Key performance areas: • Corporate Governance Compliance – pertaining to the mandate of Company Secretarial Services and Commission Reporting. Responsible for a one (1) year business plan for the Commission Secretariat, including the supporting resources required to do the work at the required level. • Statutory Review – Review all relevant Acts in consultation with all relevant stakeholders and monitor changes in statutory requirements, keeping up to date with legislation and regulation in the industry and making recommendations accordingly. • Management of Board, Board-Committee and Commission Secretariat activities. • Commissioner and Commission effectiveness – process and technology. In support to the mandate of the GM Corporate Governance, initiates and in conjunction with the Strategy Coordinator, ensure that the objectives and deadlines of the Strategic Planning Process are achieved. • Planning, Financial Management and Control. In support of the GM Corporate Governance, develops and execute a 1 year Operational plan, aligned to the Strategic plan and thus finalise the role-specific Balanced Scorecard and critical milestones for the next financial year. • Customer Care (Internal & External) Competencies: • Sound knowledge of Corporate Governance Principles • Ability to prepare legal opinions, briefs and other legal documents and instruments • Sound English communication skills • Strong report writing skills (proficiency in English for minutes and general correspondences) • Strong minute taking skills • Ability to present statements of fact, law and argue clearly, logically and without judgment • Basic financial and accounting skills • Exercises sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines and legal parameters • Thorough, accurate and detail oriented and ability to meet deadlines • Ethical and confidential • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Microsoft Excel and Word APPLICATION: Qualified and interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter, together with a comprehensive CV and certified copies of qualifications by not later than Friday, 15 September 2017. Applications should be addressed to: The General Manager: HR & Strategy Social Security Commission, Private Bag 13223, Windhoek Delivered to: Mr. Hannes Isaak, Corner of A. Kloppers & J. Haupt Street, Khomasdal, Windhoek SSC is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive remuneration packages Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and no documents will be returned Note: All foreign qualifications must be evaluated by the Namibian Qualification Authority. Vision To be the preferred provider of comprehensive social protection in Namibia. Mission: To improve the welfare of our members and beneficiaries by providing comprehensive social protection. For mor information: Call: +264 (0) 61 280 7089 or visit at www.ssc.org.na or Visit our office at: Cnr A. Loppers & J Haupt Street, Khomasdal, Windhoek VACANCY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) is the leading institution for celebrating, collecting, preserving, exhibiting and researching visual art and craft as a component of our national identity, cultural heritage and human interaction. Required skills: The potential candidate should be well versed in the Namibian visual art sector, have good inter-personal skills and a broad knowledge of corporate governance. The CEO would be accountable to the Board of Trustees. Key performance areas: To plan, direct and control the operations of the gallery, lead staff and provide direction for content, programs and strategic goals. Educational and experiential requirements: A degree in Commerce, Management and/ or Fine Arts, with a minimum of 5 years managerial experience. Application process: Application forms may be requested via email. The completed application form should be accompanied by a personal motivation letter, a copy of the candidate’s curriculum vitae, and certified copies of qualifications and identity document. Completed applications must be submitted via email on or before the closing date. Only candidates with the required qualifications and experience should apply. Application documents will not be returned and only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be contacted. Closing date: 15 September 2017 Position to be filled from 01 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. Enquiries: Mrs. Victorine Hanstein, Cell: 0811461729; e-mail: hanstein@iway.na

Friday, September 1 2017 | NEW ERA SPORT 39 Hafeni ‘Teenage’ Mwashekele, an unheralded football genius It’s fair to conclude that had former Hungry Lions Football Club midfield general, one Hafeni ‘Teenage’ Mwashekele, played for one of the big clubs, he could now be spoken of in the same breath as Lucky Boostander, Koko Muatunga, Samora Apollus, George Nawatiseb and some of the greatest midfielders to have graced our shores. Bro Teenage was without an iota of doubt one of very few great midfielders of his generation, if not the finest of them all. Strongly built, blessed with football brains second to none, complemented by an unbelievable, phenomenal first touch, the likable quiet-spoken Omulunga Township, Grootfontein-born lanky athlete was your typical modern day box-to-box midfield general. He would terrorize bewildered opponents with his mazy runs while his hypnotizing telling passes and vision left defenders in absolute awe. Though a bit long in the tooth at the time, the author had the distinct honour of rubbing shoulders on the field of play alongside bro ‘Tena’, as Teenage was duped by his adoring teammates at the Lions of Judah. So, in view of that, the author is well placed and certainly fully qualified to describe this young man’s football virtuosity in full detail – Teenage was just something out of the ordinary. In full control… Teenage takes centre stage in a midfield battle with his Blue Waters counterpart Koko Muatunga during the JPS Knockout semifinal clash at the old Katutura stadium in Windhoek in 1988. Carlos ‘CK’ Kambaekwa Grootfontein Born Hafeni Mwashekele and just turned 50 years of age on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, Teenage has been there and seen it all in domestic football. Despite his somewhat abbreviated stint in topflight football, Teenage has certainly set a benchmark that great athletes could rise to big occasions despite playing alongside average teammates. A dedicated cadre, a oneclub man in real football terms, Teenage started his football career at unfashionable Omulunga outfit Dynamos, in the dusty fields of his hometown Grootfontein in the absence of proper recreational facilities. Like many youngsters his age he started chasing leather very young, competing fiercely in the popular stake games in the dusty streets of Omulunga township, where he honed his football skills to perfection. Though he showed glimpses of individual brilliance as an aspiring footballer it all came together in the city of lights (Windhoek) when he furthered his academic aspirations at the revered Augustineum Secondary School in the mid-eighties. It was at Augustineum that young Tena announced his arrival on the football scene with intent via breathtaking performances week in and week out, way belying his rookie tag. A keen tennis and rugby follower, Tena was always inspired by his local sports hero, the great national se- nior rugby team fullback Andre Stoop, whom he describes as the greatest athlete of all time. Bro Tena hit the ground running after he joined forces with hostel side Windhoek City Football Club, a team made up of predominantly Ovaheroero speaking learners at the institution. “I arrived in Windhoek in 1985 and was drafted straight into the school’s first team where I played alongside the late Costa Lucas, Dan Boy Ndjadila, Steve Imongwa and some other highly talented young footballers,” recalls bro Tena. In his own words, he befriended a number of fellow learners at the school, who were attached to Katutura giant killers Hungry Lions Football Club ‘Jozo Mbande’. “I became good friends with Welcome ‘Wallas’ Kazondunge, who in turn introduced me to his teammates, the late Ringo Skrywer, and prominent lawyer Jeff Tjitemisa. “Ringo recommended me to the team’s management under the astute stewardship of the late Ben Uanivi, who took me under his wing. I still regard him as my father because he was a true father figure to many of us and would always inspire us to greater heights.” Tena made his debut against Lions’ eternal rivals and managed to register his name on the score sheet in the 2-1 win over the ‘Kings of the Night’, beating Ones’ net minder, Reus Nortjie, hands down with one of his traditional long range scorchers. He went on to to cement a permanent berth in the Lions starting line-up and was even bestowed with the sacred captain’s armband as reward for his astonishing performances that made him the darling of the usually hard to please Lions supporters. Tena formed an amazing telepathic combination with the ball-playing midfield partner Jeff Tjitemisa as the pair tormented the opposition at will with visionary displays to the delight of their teammates but much to the chagrin of their opponents. In the intervening seasons Tena was at the centre of the Lions’ attacks as the attacking midfielder almost single-handedly steered the Lions of Judah to the semifinals of the lucrative JPS Cup, to set up a nervewracking clash against coastal giants Blue Waters. Sadly, the Lions of Judah bowed out through Striker Muaine’s solitary headed goal from a corner kick (1-0). “In those days, small teams were always at the mercy of dubious referees’ decisions whom I suspect of having been put under pressure by corrupt football officials to make damn sure that big teams were not eliminated from august tourneys as such practice would have negatively affected the turnstiles.” He followed up his good form with a goal when the Lions dispatched Tigers 1-0 in a league match at the old Katutura stadium, but could unfortunately not save the team from being relegated in controversial fashion. The Lions were docked six valuable points for not honouring their last two crucial league fixtures away to coastal opponents Eleven Arrows and Explorer Eleven after the club requested a postponement as a result of family bereavement. As fate would dictate, Tena retreated to his hometown Grootfontein, joining relegated Chelsea in 1988 where he established himself as a pillar of strength in the middle of the park alongside the ageing Pieces Damaseb. Tena (2nd from left - front row) with the ‘Brave Lions of Judah’ at the old Katutura stadium in 1988. Standing from left: Celle “Stone” Tjivikua, Kairo “Jomo” Kauami, Muuonge “Bro Mokes” Katjihingua, Adam “Jomo” Tjiveta, Hauii Kamaundju, Abel “Five” Korupanda, Ringo Skrywer, Lucky Gawanab (coach). Seated from left: Patrick “Mandala” Kaizemi, Hafeni “Teenage” Mwashekele, Tjutju “Shoe Shine” Kambanda, Kakuranondana “Tsebele” Muriame, Tomaro Isaacs, Vemuna “Roadblock” Hoveka, Jeff “Skunk” Tjitemisa. Midfield general... Teenage Mwashekele However, work commitments obliged Tena to move town only to resurface in Ongwediva, in the vast Oshana Region where the nimble-footed midfielder joined forces with local giants African United. He found himself playing alongside Angolan migrant Armando Pedro that saw the pair forming a dangerous combination. During his three-year stint with United, Tena spearheaded the club to victory in the Hunters Gold Cup and was subsequently made captain of United. Tena grew up supporting Katutura giants Black Africa FC as a young boy and regards former Tigers tough as steak fullback Kumi ‘Kaniedood’ Umati as his toughest opponent. The likeable midfielder also speaks highly of his former Lions teammate Chris Hauii Kamaundju, aka ‘Toy Ramosa’, whom he describes as an uncompromising ‘Bull Terrier’ on the field of play. Those who had the rare privilege of watching Tena bewitch a spherical object opine that had independence arrived a bit earlier, the boy could easily have made the grade abroad with his unmatched football virtuosity.

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