Brave Warriors stars enjoying life in foreign land

14 September 2018 Author   Michael Uugwanga
Brave Warriors players, Benson Shilongo, Riaan !Hanamub and Teberius Lombard, are enjoying life at their respective foreign based clubs.
The three players said this in an interview with the Windhoek Observer after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers match against Zambia last Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Shilongo (26) plays top flight football in Egypt for Smouha SC after spending a few years in South Africa’s Absa Premiership and in Botswana’s premier league with Platinum Stars and Gaborone United.
Shilongo scored Namibia’s solitary goal against Zambia.
“Life is good in Egypt, as I am enjoying my football on the far north of Africa. I am on a four-year-contract and I am very grateful for it,” Shilongo said.
The striker has set a target of 20 goals this season in the tough Egyptian league which comprises of 18 teams.
Smouha SC are currently fourth on the log standings with nine points after two wins from five matches.
Al Ahly Cairo and AL Assiouty are joint leaders with 11 points, while Zamalek SC are in third place with 10 points.
Shilongo has so far scored one league goal against Misr El Makasa in a 2-1 away win on 3 August.
“I am targeting 20 goals this season alone. I am getting there with the language (Arabic) although it is a bit difficult, but gradually I will be able to speak fluently,” Shilongo said.
Left back, !Hanamub, who signed a two-year contract with Jomo Cosmos on 1 July, had some paper issues since his arrival at the club, but he finally made his debut on 2 September in a goalless draw against TS Sporting.
“My paper work is finally done and dusted and I will be up for selection in the upcoming fixtures. I want to become a better player and help Cosmos gain promotion to the Absa Premiership,” !Hanamub said.
Central defender, Lombard, who plays club football in Zambia for Lusaka Dynamos, lives alone in his hotel room which is just 10 minutes away from the club’s training ground.
He joined Dynamos in March last year from Tura Magic in the Namibia Premier League.
There were reports last month that Dynamos were in financial difficulties that could have seen Lombard leaving the club, but that is no longer the case, according to the player.
“Yes, it is true (financial woes), but it has been resolved now. The owner of the club is an entrepreneur and the Government owed him money and that is why we were affected as he used his own money to pay players’ salaries. Everything is fine now at the club,” Lombard said.
He also said that there are two clubs interested in his service, but could not reveal the names when asked.
“There is a top club in Zambia and one in South Africa that have expressed interest in me. The owner has said that he will not stand in my way if a big club comes after me,” Lombard said.


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