‘Ballack’ still finding his feet in Serbia

26 October 2018 Author   Michael Uugwanga
Brave Warriors striker, Hendrik ‘Ballack’ Somaeb, is still finding his feet in the Serbian SuperLiga after joining Zemun in September.
Somaeb is yet to score a goal for his new club despite playing three league matches and appearing once in a domestic cup competition. 
“I am still searching for my first goal for my club. I just want to get my confidence back,” said Somaeb who joined Zemun in a surprise move from Southern Stream First Division side Flamingoes.
The Namibian international’s career seemed to be going off the rails when he fell out of favour with former employer Jomo Cosmos in the South African National First Division (NFD).
From Jomo Cosmos, Somaeb joined local outfit Blue Waters last season whom he accused of trying to block his move to the Zambian league after the African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament that was held in Morocco in January this year.
Somaeb, who signed a two-year contract with Zemun, told the Windhoek Observer this week from his Serbian base that he has not had the kind of impact that he thinks he can have for his new club after he sustained an injury on his right thigh early this month.
“I am just hoping that life in Serbia will work-out for me as planned,” he said.
The Brave Warriors striker has now followed in the footsteps of another Namibian great, Rudolf Bester, who played in Serbia for FK Cukaricki in the 2008/2009 season.
Somaeb also spoke about the national football team’s chances of qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals that will be staged in Cameroon from 15 June to 13 July.
Namibia are second in Group K only on goal difference to leaders Guinea Bissau whom they host next month in a top of the table clash in Windhoek.
 “Coach (Ricardo) Mannetti knows the players very well as he has worked with most of us for a very long time now. He knows how to select players at the right time. We have a very good chance of qualifying to the AFCON,” Somaeb said.


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