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It goes beyond any comprehension as to how many of our sport icons undertake the way of all flesh without being noticed or rather afforded dignified send offs by their respective disciplines they have served without failure while still breathing. RIP Boston Likando 1949-2021 The remote village mining town of Uis, in the Erongo region, will never be the same again following the shock grounding of the annual Sundowner football/netball knockout cup tournament. Back in the day, the vastly populated residential area of Katutura boasted a significant number of high-profile football teams that dominated domestic football. Nearing a two year self imposed hiatus from playing competitive club football and the long awaited Namibia Football Association (NFA)-organised Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL) yet to get off the ground, it’s now time to reflect as it cannot be business as usual given the prevailing economic challenges, worsened by our geographic layout. A dark cloud has befallen the Namibian sport fraternity following the sad passing of two prominent personalities in the shape of retired football referee-cum-Tigers Football Club long serving administrator Heinrich Mbumbu Ileka and former amateur boxer Allison Katupia Kauejao. Namibia’s oldest football club Tigers, has a stinking rich history of importing highly gifted footballers from neighbouring countries, notably from Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in that sequence. Just as football followers were coming to terms with the shock passing of former Blue Waters, Manzini Wanderers and Namibia Football Association well decorated secretary-general Eliphas Aupapa Shipanga, another tragedy has befallen the Namibian football family for the umpteenth time. Death has struck again as we mourn the sudden departure of a great man of substance, one Germanus Ngaripue Mate, who left deep tracks in the annals of Namibian sport. Upon learning about the death of the ever-present ‘Molaiks’, messages of condolences started flooding various social media platforms, uninterruptedly. Let me doff my Korrie for our MAN of the MOMENT, amateur leather trader, one Jonas Junias, aka ‘JJ’, for his astonishing gold medal capture at the just ended XV Anniversary International Boxing Tournament in Ukraine. The Namibian nation, in particular the football family, mourn the shocking death of one of their most colorful athletes, Duncan Subeb, son of former Orlando Pirates Football Club and South West Africa Blacks Eleven inspirational skipper, the late Simon Steve ‘Kalamazoo’ Stephanus. Another dark cloud has befallen the Namibian football family following the sad passing of Black Africa Football Club staunch supporter and co-founder Uncle Paul Modise, former Orlando Pirates tough-as-steak-fullback Willem ‘Tsotsie’ Afrikaner, famously known as ‘Tostao’ in football circles, and devastating retired Chelsea FC sharpshooter Daniel ‘Pieces’ Damaseb. Death has struck again, as the Namibian football fraternity mourns the sad passing of former Augustineum Secondary School football team and African Stars Football club’s giant shot stopper Moses Kaheese Kavikairiua, famously going by the name of ‘Cheese’ The history of Namibian football will be incomplete if the name of former Windhoek City and South West Africa (SWA) giant goalie Vic Lovell is omitted. Despite the recent exploits on the athletic track by the devastating pair of Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi, both products of the neglected Kavango region, Namibian sport is entangled in serious shambles, starting from the top echelons. Phillip Muinjo started playing football at the tender age of 10 in the dusty streets of Katutura with boyhood buddies Frank Fredericks, Foresta Nicodemus, the Richter brothers Lazarus and Lucky, and his brothers Simon and Willy Muinjo. Destiny is by choice, just as a farmer decides to plant to realise his objective of whatever he may wish to harvest at a later stage. This is one of the most crucial messages we need to drum into the thick skulls of those who have been entrusted to guard and protect our treasured national assets and resources. In a near carbon copy of generations gone by, old-time campaigners and Nomtsoub outfit Chief Santos have always unearthed an array of great footballers who went on to dominate the domestic football scene for many years. A typical old-fashioned centre forward, former Black Beauty Chiefs (BBC) and unfashionable Kuisebmond-outfit Red Fire Football Clubs’ serial net buster, the late Festus Tjouho Kauaaka, famously known as ‘Big Shoe’, will go down in history as one of the most complete centre forwards of all time.