From Football to Futsal: Willemse finds joy
By Michael Uugwanga
FORMER Tura Magic, Tigers, Civics, and Ramblers player in the Namibia Premier League, as well as an Ajax Cape Town (South Africa) player, Reginald Willemsen has become a futsal player, playing for Selecao Futsal Club in Swakopmund.
Willemse also played for junior national teams, most notably the U-20s, but decided to switch allegiance and join Futsal, a sport launched in the country a few years ago.
Futsal is a football-based game played on a hard court similar to a basketball court, but smaller than a football pitch and primarily indoors.
It is comparable to five-a-side games and indoor football. Futsal is played between two teams of five players, with one goalkeeper.
“I’ve been playing standard football since I was seven. I began my soccer career at Civics before going to Ramblers. From there, I moved back to Swakopmund, where I joined Swakopmund Football Club (SFC). I began playing Futsal five years ago.
“My football career took off after I was scouted by Ajax Cape Town and moved to their academy at the age of 13, where I played for six (6) years before moving to ASD (African Football Development) for about a season.
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