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TSUMEB – Born Paulo Martins on the 29th of April 1967 in the remotely coastal town of Cabinda in Northern Angola, young Paulo relocated to South West Africa (SWA) as a toddler barely out of his nappies with his parents – only to resurface in the Copper Town of Tsumeb. In an effort to identify loopholes, the devil’s advocate tests an opponent’s argument to the limit often despite being sympathetic with it – a useful technique to avoid sloppy thinking. A defiant Central Namibia Football Association (CNFA) League with its headquarters holed up in the heart of the Just as the football season ended with the mighty Liverpool crowned European champions for a record extending sixth time in English football – things are not going exactly cool on the African continent. History reveals that former Atlanta Chiefs Football Club’s flying winger, the late Hermann “Pele” Blaschke, was the greatest local footballer to have ever walked the planet. The ensuing brouhaha amidst the revelation of bonuses to be paid to the Brave Warriors travelling entourage to the 2019 Caf in the much adored historical pyramids of the Pharaohs, is two-fold. When a fairly unknown strongly built midfielder, one Matheus “Tsetse” Nerumbu, arrived ambitious at Government’s decision to cheese off a significant chunk from the allocated annual grant towards schools sport is hard to ignore, so to speak. Holed up in the remote southern part of Namibia, the coastal town of Lüderitzbucht, was literally isolated from many social activities to the extent that many of the country’s inhabitants were not exactly conversant with the town’s existence. The entire football fraternity in particular Nomtsoub residents, awoke to the sad news about the sudden passing of one of the most likable athletes of all time. The untimely death of retired Chief Santos Football Club’s flying winger-cum-school principal, Jan Xamiseb came as a massive shock to many including the So, our national senior football team, the ‘Brave Warriors’ was for the umpteenth time eliminated in the group stages of the Afcon, underway in the Land of the Pharaohs, as boys are being separated from the Much-travelled Brave Warriors retired free-scoring midfielder Quinton Jacobs, aka “Magic” or “Querra” in football circles, is arguably the finest footballer of his generation. He easily ranks amongst the most talented athletes to ever have walked on Namibian soil in recent years. Let me let the cat out of the bag, there are two local football teams that are very close to my heart since I was a young boy, hardly out of my pair of shorts, they are; Blue Waters and Orlando Pirates. Please don’t ask me how come and why? Firstly, I grew up within a multicultural society in my village //Xaire (Okatupapa) where tribe was immaterial. The word “phenomenal’ will be consumed as an understatement if one has to describe or rather present the honest and painful insight about the near faultless life journey of former Dobra, Orlando Pirates and South West Africa (SWA) Invitational Blacks Eleven’s inspirational skipper, one Steve Stephanus. Watching the likes of Uganda, Zimbabwe and Malawi competing fiercely in the world netball championships underway in Liverpool, United Kingdom, makes butterflies run riot in my belly. If you were a footballer back in the day and boastfully went by the sacred name of “Times”- it was enough to draw closer attention and let butterflies run riot in the bellies of robust defenders, including the departed hard-as-nails Salathiel “Stimela” Ndjao. Yours truly has been watching and following local football teams with an eagle eye since the late sixties whilst hardly out of my pair of shorts matched by a cheap pair of Bata tekkies. Just as the entire Namibian nation were coming to terms with the sad passing of one of the country’s most celebrated athletes, one Steve “Kalamazoo” Stephanus, another one bites the dust. The boxing fraternity was Dethroned Namibian champions, Katutura glamour football club African Stars are not resting on their laurels and have started in earnest to roll up their sleeves for the upcoming football season in what can be rightly interpreted as an act of intent to reclaim the coveted MTC Premiership title. The history of Katutura glamour football club African Stars, and football in general, would be completely incomplete if the name of former versatile defender Amos Tjombe does not feature predominantly in its narrative.