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Thursday 17 January 2019
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The tale of Windhoek Football Club

Dreams do become a reality, but only for those who wake up and put brick to brick. This was the same case for the 10 months old team that ousted predominant teams in their debut competitive competition to claim victory.
Described as a fairytale and just like that, Windhoek Football Club are the winners of the under 19 Hopsol Youth Football League trophy. The team, which is the brain child of musician and entertainer Wamboe-Seun put skin in the game to defy all odds.
At a time when politics has entered the field and football teams are not as progressive due to bottlenecks of the turf, the tale of the Windhoek Football Club shows the game of football welcomes those with no ulterior motions other than playing the ball.
The birth of the team came after watching Germany win the World Cup in 2014, then a fan, Wamboe- Seun had the drive to establish his own club and ‘just allow his boys to play.’
“I do not know everything, but all I wanted was to contribute my version to the sport,” said the founding club member.
After talks with a few experienced friends and ultimately meeting the team’s current coach then, Wamboe- Seun decided to look for an open door into the country’s domestic leagues, something suitable for under 19 boys.
Assembling a team of players with a set out style of play was the first challenge the dreamer had to overcome, saying he was forced to go to the deep ends to find the best crop for his team.
“We had to go to the informal settlements and locations that I would normally not go. That is where I found talent and as long as the coach said the player would be an asset to the team, we had no choice other than to take them,” he shared.
“For me it was always about having the best team, but most importantly also positively influencing the player. There in the informal settlements I found myself in sitting rooms with the parents of these kids who shared the challenges these boys were going through. Of course, we had to step in where we could, especially with school matters.”
“When you see them on the pitch playing and you know their background, all their challenges are kind of taken away and this is what we need to do for many of the young boys with the talent but find it hard to showcase their skills.”
While assembling his dream team, this was around the same time talks on HopSol were making rounds, which was the right door for his under 19 boys.
Securing training facilities in Windhoek is a headache in the fraternity, even for already established clubs. The few that are available come at exorbitant costs that even top-flight clubs cannot afford. To date, the club uses the Katutura complex soccer stadium that is half dilapidated and reduced to 5-a-side size pitch.
“When we first started with the competition, you would have noticed that our players would always want to play compacted in the middle of the field and close to each other because the training ground did not allow them to place with ample space.”
As the competition progressed, the team became a force to be reckoned with muscling aside affluent teams that had the best training grounds and basic needs met. In the finals, the team displayed a thrilling performance, beating SKW in an undisputed 3-0 win.
“The win is a good start. I did not expect it to be like this. But, we put together a good team that can take us to where we want to go. From here on we would like to sort out our Second Division status. Thereafter, we will be looking for a deserving spot in the first division and eventually premier league.”
“We have a 5-year plan which looks at where the team should be and what individual players should look like after five years.”
The team currently has two players featuring in the under 17 national team and a few headed abroad for trails.
According to Wamboe-Seun, without a sponsor on board, the team still has to survive the monthly bills to keep the dream of reaching the premier league.
“We still have to pay for transport and training facilities. For example, on the day of the finals, we had four of our players who called to say that they would not make it to the game because they did not have taxi money. So these are some of the things I’ve come to learn about running a club,” he said.
Commenting on the status quo of football in the country, Wamboe-Seun highlighted the lack of support from the corporate world and individuals. He pointed out the lack of local role models making reference to the lack of presence of elite footballers at youth matches.
“Also, the politics in football is the biggest frustration. It is already a challenge getting into the second division. The politics hurts and dwarfs the development of sports in the country.”




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