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WINDHOEK – When legendary American songbird Carole King, composed the hit song “You got a Friend” - she must have had a premonition about the dilemma awaiting former African Stars and Hungry Lions sharpshooter Jackson “Kotjiuru” Meroro. Yours truly has never been the kind of bloke in the habit of one praising mediocrity but one must often swallow your pride and give credit to where is due. Namibian football has in the past unearthed multiple pairs of football playing siblings with coastal giants Blue Waters leading the pack with the Muatunga brothers Phello, Hanga and Koko tailed by the Damaseb Yours truly has never been one to shy away from rolling with the punches and calling a spade by its name, not a BIG SPOON. The yet to be recorded history of local football will be completely incomplete without the mentioning of former United Stars Football Club goal ace, one Habasen Gurirab. Ooops, let me quickly borrow a famous code from the great statesman Nelson Mandela, “Fools multiply when the wise men remain silent”. Many people are unaware that much travelled dreadlocked goal poacher Kaskas Angula, is in Namibian terms, a “Struggle Kid” – albeit a well-behaved one for that matter. The deadly net buster developed vast interest in politics and left his motherland as a fourteen-year-old boy, hardly out of his pair of shorts. When my eternal close buddy and former teammate at the “Brave Lions of Judah” (Hungry Lions Football Club) approached me with an idea to host a birthday bash for our ailing former teammate Jackson Kotjiuru Meroro, who turned 60 last month – I immediately bought into the suggestion and proposed to cast the net wide. That fateful Sunday afternoon, 28 March 2004 will go down in history as the darkest day in Namibian football. Yours truly has always maintained that justice and law are often not exactly the best of bedfellows when it comes to fairness, let alone brutal truth. Those in the know will argue and rightly, so, that former Black Africa Football Club and Kaizer Chiefs center forward, one Pius “Garrincha” Eigowab, aka Pele was the greatest sharp shooter Namibia has ever produced up to the modern day. Let me doff my “korrie” for the organizing committee of the Jackson Kotjiuru Meroro fundraising campaign for a job well done. Death has struck domestic football once again following the sad passing of former Blue Waters Football Club versatile defender Jeremiah Shikongo, aka “Jerry” amongst his vast circle of friends. Namibia’s serial road accidents have not only claimed the precious lives of some of the country’s valuable citizens, it has also cut short the blossoming careers of dozens of local athletes, footballers in particular. In what can be easily interpreted as a last-ditch attempt to rescue the ailing fortunes of domestic football, it has now emerged that our football bosses have come up with a formula that would see football start very soon. Katutura glamour football club African Stars always found themselves wanting in the crucial goal-keeping department and it was not until the young acrobatic net-guard in the shape of Asaria Ndjiva Kauami arrived on the scene did the team’s serial Achilles heel stabilise as the team began to make serious inroads into domestic football. When legendary Queen rock band front man and astute songwriter, the late Freddie Mercury, penned the hit song, ‘Another one bites the dust’, he must have had footballers in mind, notably from the shores of his birth continent (Africa) given the alarming rate at which Namibian footballers are going west. Remembering departed football icon WINDHOEK - In a new twist of events, former Namibia Football Association (NFA) honcho Frans Mbidi has thrown his name in the hat and counts amongst a list of ten nominees for the NFA plum seat. Literature teaches us various forms of state capture involving diverse strategies and methods aimed at strengthening the objectives of certain institutions and individuals.