By John Tuerijama
FORMER Brave Warriors captain, Richard ‘Rhuu’ Gariseb, says he harbours ambitions of becoming a professional football coach in the Namibia Premier League (NPL).
In an interview with Confidente this week, the former hard-tackling defender, who used to play for South African outfit Bidvest Wits, said he has many future plans, but his involvement in football, on a coaching level, was his primary objective.
Gariseb retired from active football in 2011.
“I am planning to get involved in football and give back, and that’s why I want to become a coach. It something that I have always wanted to do,” Gariseb said.
“I have enrolled for a Confederation of African Football (CAF) coaching licence course, which was supposed to have taken place last year, but it didn’t take place. I think it is because of what’s going on at the moment with our football (the non-start of the NPL).
When asked about the quality of coaches locally, Gariseb said that the country has good quality mentors, before adding that coaches are only recognised if they have the necessary qualifications or knowledge of the game.
Gariseb is also a former Orlando Pirates player.
When asked about his former club’s refusal to participate in the ongoing Debmarine Namibia Cup, he said: “The club has their reasons for not taking part in the Debmarine Cup, so I cannot say much about that. What is happening with Namibian football is very sad, and we need to sort it out. Players are affected, as well as the national team.”
Pirates, as well as Blue Waters, African Stars, Tigers, Black Africa and Chief Santos have all refused to play in the cup competition, citing a lack of premier league football action.
The NPL has failed to kick off since last year, after MTC withdrew as the league’s sole benefactor. Despite the continuing funding woes, a 12 May start date has been announced for the league.
Recalling his playing days with the Buccaneers, Gariseb said that his heart is still at the club.
He said he was honoured to have played for Pirates and to have captained the team.
“Whatever went wrong last season, I just hope that that they will do better in the upcoming season; that is, if the NPL football ever kicks off,” said Gariseb.
Gariseb also spoke about his playing days in India, where he represented second division outfit, Bhawanipore Football Club.
“I enjoyed my stay over there in Kolkata, where I was always hanging around with my fellow countrymen, such as former Brave Warriors midfielder Quinton Jacobs.”
Gariseb joined Bidvest Wits during the 2005/06 football season, when they were in the first division.
He played with his countrymen, Paulus Shipanga and Denzel Bruwer, and was instrumental in Wits winning the first division during that season and returning to the topflight Premier Soccer League (PSL).
“During the same season, I was voted the Player of the Season at my club, which was one of the highlights of my professional career, and must tell you that it was never easy to win that award,” stressed Gariseb.
Commenting on the daunting task facing Brave Warriors head coach, Ricardo Mannetti, Gariseb said the national coach is in a very difficult situation, because of the challenges facing local football.
“I really don’t know how he (Mannetti) will cope with the pressure, given that his team needs to qualify for the 2019 Confederation of African Football (CAF) finals, slated for Cameroon.”
Gariseb said that it’s important for local football players to be members of the Namibia Football Players Union, in order to protect their interests and ensure that their careers are not compromised.
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