I would like to throw my weight behind President Hage Geingob’s call on the footballing powers to organise an extravaganza of a match, as part of efforts to honour fallen Brave Warriors mascot, the late Robson ‘Robbie’ Savage.
The idea was already talked about by former Namibia Premier League (NPL) spokesperson, Cassius Moetie, and other notable personalities, who attended a memorial service at Robbie’s Khomasdal family home earlier last week.
It was agreed that the proceeds of the match will be donated to the family, as a way of paying homage to the greatest football supporter the country has ever seen.
The selfless support given to the national team and football, in general, by Robbie for over two decades, requires a befitting send-off.
It is something that every football lover wants for Robbie.During this mourning period, I was, like many others, entangled in debates relating to a possible government or official funeral for Robbie, who died in the Katutura State Hospital at the age of 50.
The overwhelming sentiment is that Robbie deserves a decent memorial service at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, where football players and supporters from all walks of life can come to pay their respects.
I feel that it should definitely form part of the activities to celebrate Robbie’s life.
When we remember the sporting performances that have made us happy as a nation, including the Brave Warriors triumph at the Cosafa Cup in 2015, Robbie is right there in our minds.
Even as he was laying on his deathbed, his thoughts where with the national team, ahead of their 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualification battle with Zimbabwe, which they eventually won 5-4 via penalties, after two legs of action that ended 1-1 on aggregate.
I would like to believe that it was Robbie’s spirit that lifted the Brave Warriors to that win.
The team will now play against the Comoros in a third round 2018 CHAN qualifier, with the first leg scheduled for 11 August, while the return leg is slated for 18 August.
I am sure that the team would want to continue with their winning ways, as they remember Robbie.
In his final interview before his death, with Confidente, Robbie lifted Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti, by saying that he should shrug off the team’s recent performances and focus on Zimbabwe. It was a fitting that Mannetti dedicated the CHAN qualifier victory over Zimbabwe to Robbie.
It is now time that everyone who loved and appreciated Robbie speaks with one voice on how to sufficiently honour the football mascot.
My brother Ueritunga Tjaronda has proposed to the City of Windhoek and its councillors that one of the entrance gates at the Sam Nujoma Stadium be named after Robbie.
He also suggested that the street between the Independence Stadium and the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium should be renamed to celebrate the fallen football mascot. I am also convinced that the organisers of the Namibia Sports Awards will find a way to honour Robbie at the glittering event later this year.
I think a Lifetime Supporter Achievement Award or something similar would be befitting.
Also, while the Brave Warriors having donated N$10 000 towards Robbie’s funeral and the Salute Boxing Academy another N$10 000, the Namibia Football Association (NFA), which is the custodian of local football, have remained tight-lipped.
I expected the football body to be in the thick of things, at this stage, and yet we have no idea whether they intend to contribute anything.
I also concur with Moetie, who said at last week’s memorial service that the Namibia Premier League (NPL) should observe a moment of silence before the start of its matches, once the league eventually kicks off. And speaking of the non-starting league, perhaps the greatest tribute that can be paid to Robbie would be that the football fraternity and the sponsors finally get their act together, and start the new season!
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015