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Namibia’s largest harbour town and southern Africa’s preferred cargo hub has in the past produced a significant number of high-profile athletes. Let me recall the precise words of then Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob, when he addressed a sizeable audience of sport administrators, officials and sport scribes, of which the author was amongst the attendees, at the old Nictus building in the center of Namibia’s commercial capital Windhoek many moons ago. Apart from Brave Warriors midfield general Petrus “Dancing Shoes” Shitembi and Axarob Mukoya, the far north-east town of Rundu has in the past produced top-notch footballers who have sadly gone unnoticed until their inevitable retirement from competitive football. Namibia’s leading football players agent Collin April is vexed by the unending bickering between the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the expelled Namibia Premier League (NPL), saying players have been badly affected and their livelihoods down the drain. What exactly are the legitimate concerns of South African rugby and its portfolio ministry over the refusal of some white rugby players’ point-blank refusal to bend their knee in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement? Namibians woke up to the devastating news about the sad death of well-known local locksmith Ephraim Kanjaa, famously known as “Rep” in social circles. Retired Blue Waters Football Club stalwart Titus Shilongo, aka “Oom Ty”, used to be a no-nonsense versatile top-class defender-cum-midfielder who skippered the coastal giants during his heyday. Without beating around the bush, there’s a deliberate systematic element of bad sportsmanship in the shape of psychological manipulation aimed at those perceived to be sympathisers of the expelled Namibia Premier League (NPL). Much-travelled retired attacking midfielder Edwin van der Colff, famously known as “Winno” or better still “Ian Rush”, was a rare breed amongst the most lethal goal poachers of his generation. Whilst yours truly was happy to see our professional footballers plying their trade in the stinking rich South African Professional Soccer League (PSL) riding the crest of the waves, one is inclined to take with a grain of salt that our boys have what it takes to be counted amongst the finest on the African continent. Death has struck again as the country’s football fraternity mourns the sudden passing of former Kuisebmond unfashionable outfit Red Fire Football Club attacking midfielder-cum-political activist turned trade unionist, Naftalie Karakura Katjita. Yours truly has been carefully following the unfolding reaction to the appointment of National Sports Commission (NSC) mediator committee by sports minister Agnes Tjongarero, to look into the long standing feud between the country’s football governing body, the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and its grounded prime affiliate the Namibia Premier League (NPL). He took a bow from the game of life just three days after celebrating his 60th birthday, Seth Boois’ untimely departure has left the entire football fraternity bereft of a multi-talented national asset and rare role model. The coastal town of Walvis Bay mourns the death and at the same time celebrates the life journey of an unheralded football legend, noted business mogul, Dieter Steinmetz, generally known as “Steini”. The enterprising Brave Warriors international is a product of Otavi based outfit Touch & Go and was on loan at Pirates before he was snapped up by Cosmos. Laurentius 'Vossie' van Wyk 1953 - 1992 The entire Otjiwarongo community and the nation at large are battling in utter shock, devastation and disbelief digesting the sad news about the untimely death of one of the most recognizable figures from that neck of the woods, Joseph Kuhanga, also going by his clan name Kaseehunde “Seadog”. At times, one wonders what Namibian football would have been had Danzyl Bruwer not been born. Supporters of Tigers Sport Club and the entire Namibian football fraternity in general woke up to the devastating news of the sad passing of club stalwart Martin Weiko, elder brother of another football icon Johnny Weiko. Like many of his peers in the neighbourhood, Kasibu’s football career took off in the late 80’s at the famously known compact Ellis Park field adjacent to Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School holed up in Namibia’s largest residential area Katutura.