The Namibian football fraternity has for the umpteenth time in recent months woken up to sad news revealing the passing of two prominent former footballers earlier this week.
One of the pioneers of Namibian football Herbert Lohmeir, better known as ‘Shorty’ amongst his circle of friends has taken a bow from the game of life after battling cancer over the last couple of years.
Shorty certainly played his part in the overall development of domestic football and was a valuable squad member of the all-conquering Bobby Craddock-inspired Ramblers outfit that finished runner up to African Stars in both the National League and Mainstay Cup during the maiden season of multi-racial football in 1977.
The thick-bearded stocky striker-turned-businessman also represented South West Africa (SWA) at the now defunct annual South African Provincial Curie Cup in East London that same year.
And just as the football fraternity was reeling in shock trying to overcome the sad news of Shorty’s untimely passing – another blow struck again when news came through this week that former Black Marrokko Chiefs (BMC) and Orlando Pirates defender and captain Phillemon ‘Fly’ Damaseb has succumbed to illness.
A true gentleman, the late Phillemon was a pillar of strength in the watertight Buccaneers rearguard, a no-nonsense defender whose bone-crunching tackles and never-say-die attitude instilled fear in dangerous and marauding strikers.
The soft-spoken Otjiwarongo-born lad remained one of very few former footballers who dedicated their life to the beautiful game upon retirement, as can be attested by the significant role he played during his time as the Ghosts’ loyal team manager over a long period.
May their souls rest in eternal peace.