Christy Guruseb: The touchline magician

Name: Christy
Surname: Guruseb
Age: 37
Marital Status: Engaged
Club: Orlando Pirates
Position: Head Coach

 

BORN in Windhoek on 11 June 1975, Christy Guruseb is among the elite group of coaches who have accomplished much both as a player and a coach in Namibian football.

Just like many other coaches, Guruseb started his career as a player and in his case as a midfielder for Orlando Pirates in 1994.

After spending a season at the Buccaneers, Guruseb joined African Latinos where he played a vital part in the team’s development.

In 1998, Guruseb joined Liverpool on a free transfer and played alongside Mbimbo Tjihero and Congo Hindjou.

After spending a season at Liverpool in Okahandja, Guruseb hung up his boots in 1999.

He then joined the Civics coaching department in 2002 as the Civilians youth development coach, during which time he won two Under-17 league titles and two knockout trophies.

In 2004, Guruseb moved to Orlando Pirates where he again became a youth development coach.

While at Orlando Pirates, he served as assistant coach to the second division’s Namib Colts for more than two years.

The first real taste of success for Guruseb came when Ramblers FC appointed him their head coach in 2010.

In that season, Ramblers finished second in the league and the football fraternity voted him the 2010/2011 NPL season Coach of the Year.

After ending his contract at Ramblers, Civics appointed him their head coach in 2011 and he guided the Civilians to a second place finish in the 2011/2012 NPL season.

After a fruitful season at Civics, Orlando Pirates snapped up Guruseb to be their head coach and he has already made a name for himself by knocking Black Africa out of the Bidvest Namibia Cup on penalties.

On the international scene, Guruseb filled the role of head coach of the Namibian Under-17 national team in 2011 and 2012.

Unlike the theatrical Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, Guruseb is calm and less melodramatic, as he rarely challenges match officials.

Starting as a youth development coach, Christy acknowledged that he has produced many amazing young players and he is proud of that.

“Most of the player’s who play in the premier league played in my youth teams and I am glad to say I taught them respect and discipline.

“As a coach I always played a significant role in their lives, because I did not only act like a coach but also like a father to them,” Guruseb said.

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