Cosafa U-17 champs: Where are they now?
By Michael Uugwanga
IT has been five years after the country’s men U-17 followed in the footsteps of the senior team the Brave Warriors, to win the Council of Southern Africa Football (COSAFA) men’s U-17 tournament in Mauritius in 2016.
The Baby Warriors as they are well known, became regional champions, a year after the Brave Warriors lifted the COSAFA Cup in South Africa.
The Baby Warriors defeated South Africa 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out after the game had ended 1-1 at regulation time.
Here, Confidente Sport takes a look at where the class of 2016 team ended up, with none however having made the cut for the current Brave Warriors set up.
Phillipus Josef (20), a product of Kaizen Football Academy, (now Kingston United in the Khomas region) was the first choice goalkeeper.
Josef is a product of Otjiwarongo F.C and joined Kingston United in the lower division in Windhoek due to school commitments as he is a student at Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).
Megameno Kapuka (21) hails from Oshakati and plays club football for Ongwediva City in Oshana region.
Stevano Shawn Dundee (21) is a product of Swallows Football Academy in Windhoek and currently plays club football with Civics in the Namibia Professional Football League (NPFL) on loan.
Stanley Ndjavera (22) currently plays for Tura Magic.
Lubeni Pombili Haukongo (20) is in France for LOSC Lille B team, having previously turned out for Eleven Arrows in then the Namibia Premier League (NPL).
Helmut Namaseb (21) hails from Omaruru in the Erongo region and is currently on the books of lower division side Cosmos football club.
Junior Petrus (21) turns out for Ongwediva City in Oshana region.
Immanuel Isaya (21) is from the Kavango East region and plays for his boyhood club Rundu Chiefs in the first division.
Denzil Narib (19) a product of Swallows Football Academy is currently on loan at Civics.
Rivaldo Lukman (22), Citizens in the NPFL.
Jované Narib (20), Civics from Swallows Football Academy on loan.
Giovanni Kaninab (20) turns out for Civics from Outjo Football Academy in Kunene region.
Johannes Hollombach (21), Tura Magic.
Mbakondja Tjahikika (21), Eleven Arrows.
Vaino Uugwanga (21) a product of Sport Klub Windhoek, and is now at Ongwediva City.
Pistie Jefta Amaeb (19), Swallows Football Academy.
Godwin Zolile Amaseb (20) currently plays for Black Africa on loan from Kaizen Football Academy.
Alex Kaongelwa (21) hails from Walvis Bay but plays club football in Windhoek for Tura Magic.
Eldery Morgan (21) was the captain of the winning team and had a short stint with Tura Magic before he joined his father’s club Windhoek United in the lower division.
Coach: Timo Tjongarero is currently a sports officer in the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Services.
Tjongarero was also coach of Tura Magic and formerly the Namibia Football Association (NFA) technical director.
Assistant coach: Paul Malembu who hails from Rundu was also coach of former NPL rookies United Stars.
Team manager: Andries Hermanus Lawal //Naobeb is the founder of Swallows Football Academy and also acts as coach.