Brave Warriors versatile defender, Teberius ‘Thebe’ Lombard, is enjoying life at his new club, Lusaka Dynamos, in the Zambian top flight league after signing a three-year deal last month from Tura Magic.
Lombard joined Dynamos following an impressive display at the African Nations Championships (CHAN) that were held in Morocco earlier this year.
He capped his performance at the finals with a Man-of-the-Match display in the 1-1 draw against Zambia in the group stages and helped Namibia reach the quarter-finals, where the Brave Warriors lost 2-0 to host and tournament winners, Morocco.
“I started training with the team some two-and-a-half weeks ago and I have already played two friendly matches against Refflemen on 22 February, which we won 6-0 and I played the full 90 minutes. Refflemen is a first division team,” Lombard told the Windhoek Observer from his base in Lusaka.
“After Refflemen, we played against National Assembly on 25 February, which we won 2-1 and I played 30 minutes in that match. National Assembly was promoted to the premier league this season.”
Lombard said he is impressed by the way football is run in Zambia.
“Here, teams train differently than in Namibia, because they are run in a more professional set-up. We train in the gym every morning unlike in Namibia.
“We sometimes train twice a day in the gym depending on the coaches. We have five coaches, for fitness, warm up, ball work, assistant coach and head coach. We also have a gym club, club house, hotel for camping, training ground, plus a game field for league matches.”
The Zambian league will kick off on 17 March, with Lombard’s team - which finished fifth last season - starting their campaign against seven-time premier league winners Zanaco.
Lombard currently lives alone in his hotel room which is just 10 minutes away from the training ground.
The Namibian international said he is well aware that he has to work hard in training if he is to convince the coaching staff that he deserves a place in the starting 11.
“I am very ready to compete in the starting line-up even though it is not going to be easy because the team already has good players in my position, but I am up to the challenge. We are five in the same position. Here, the level of football is very high and these players are very physical,” Lombard said.
The Zambian league is broadcast on SuperSport, something that the Namibian defender said will help him get noticed by other teams in South Africa and Europe.
“I moved to Zambia to play professional football and I am convinced that it is the right choice because this league allows me to play at a higher level and show the full scope of my talents. The games are broadcast on SuperSport and therefore it is easy to be seen by clubs in South Africa and Europe.
“We are going to play in the CAF Confederation Cup this season,” Lombard said.
Lombard joined Magic in 2008 while the club was still in the first division.
He was then loaned out to Orlando Pirates in the NPL for the 2009/2010 season before re-joining Magic in 2010/2011 to help the team win promotion to the premier league.
The 28-year-old has played 10 times for the Brave Warriors and becomes the first Namibian player to sign up with a Zambian club.