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Any local baller who had the rare opportunity to play alongside or shared a dressing room with greats Sagaria ‘Selle’ Auchumeb, Engelhard ‘Larney’ Gariseb, Hendrik ‘Doc’ Hardley, Eliphas Sabatha, Frans Archie Ochurub, Atanasius ‘Steps’ Nickel, Benzil Khodiseb, Moses ‘Croocks’ Casper, Hannes Louw and Stanislus Kapapi Ochurub must definitely be worth his salt. One such athlete is none other than for Former sports commentator and likable versatile athlete Kevin ‘Tux’ Tucker, who had tried his hand at football and baseball, has passed on. The 77-year-old former Ramblers Sport Club baseball player died in his native Cape Town, South Africa earlier this week to be reunited with his beautiful wife Denise, who predeceased him two years earlier. Born in Namibia’s commercial capital Windhoek on 25 January 1959, the young Justus Tjikarerera Tjejamba’s genes dictated that he would be a footballer of note. Katutura glamour football club African Stars had its fair share of ups and downs in the past, almost getting relegated on a few close calls. However, the timely intervention of a group of talented unknown youngsters, who were thrown into the lion’s den to rescue the sinking ship, ended the club’s seven-year drought. Former South West Africa (SWA) inspirational skipper and African Stars rock steady defender Albert Tjihero has joined a chorus of discontent amongst former footballers, visibly unhappy with the current state of affairs in domestic football. Within the corridors of the beautiful game of football, goalkeepers are generally handsomely blessed with brilliant athleticism, accompanied by a pinch of flamboyance. There is an old saying that death is a weird part of life but truth be told, without death, human beings cannot appreciate life to the fullest. Nonetheless, death is the most painful experience in life and it’s never going to be easy to bid farewell to our loved ones, notably when that goodbye is for good. The author came to know Atanasius ‘Steps’ Nickel up close during our musical escapades in the beautiful Copper Town of Tsumeb back in the day, and we became close buddies to the extent that our friendship blossomed into brotherhood over the years. Unlike in the modern game where they are nowadays respectfully classified as kit managers, back in the day, kit-men were looked down upon and those who dared have the guts to assume the duty of kit-man, were the laughing stock of many. To many, he was just known as the easy-going bearded socialite and resolute freedom fighter but in real life, Niko Bessinger was a Jack of all trades. When former Beatles frontman Paul McCartney penned the lyrics of the hit song ‘Blue Bird’, the iconic Liverpudlian must have had former Blue Waters Football Club’s tough-tackling defensive midfielder Magnus Vanoi Amadhila in mind. Although it’s extremely hard to swallow, let alone digest, it is common knowledge that death and grief are hourly universal experiences that many families, friends and acquaintances should get used to accepting that this world has not been cut out as our permanent habitat. A proud protégé of the revered Duinesig Primary School, sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the iconic Namib Desert dunes in Walvis Bay’s Kuisebmond, Wycliff Mathou ‘Fire’ Kambonde is a former Blue Waters and Jomo Cosmos FC hard-tackling defender, and also a staunch supporter of Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs. Born in the harbour town of Walvis Bay on the banks of the giant Atlantic Ocean in 1966, young Kephas Costa Lucas was just like many other Pikininis his age in the neighbourhood – football crazy. He would play football at the slightest provocation; be it in the streets, on his way to school, in the dunes, or at any other available piece of open space. Paddling on the name of a football legend comes with a load of heavy expectations, but now-retired African Stars Football Club flying winger Edison Muheua was unfazed, so to speak. DEAR readers, please pardon me but my disturbed fingertips are trembling with pain, grief and disgust as I’m trying my level best to gather few ounces of strength and courage, tickling the keyboard ivories in my pursuit to ink a dignified tribute for a departed media colleague, well known socialite Uapingena Ngava, famously known as Uapi in social circles. A product of the revered Petrus Ganeb High School (Uis), former Green Dangers Football club agile gloves-man Hendrik Alwyn Snewe, a schoolteacher by profession, was a fearless goalkeeper for the ‘Greens”, as the Kamanjab outfit is fondly known amongst her ardent supporters. An academic par excellence, mentor, educator, my friend William Karamata, your shocking departure has left many of us with great memories to keep and help comfort us for the rest of our lives, as we mourn, cherish and celebrate the great moments you shared with us during your tenure as a young vibrant educator, fresh from the University of Zululand in South Africa. The harbour town of Walvis Bay is known for its amazing cool weather oozing from the freezing Atlantic Ocean, but the sea hub is also home to many prominent personalities in different fields. They are not famously known or referred to as the last line of defence by pure incident; goalkeepers are often made fun of and brutally taken for granted as just objects that are there to prevent the opposition from scoring goals.