By John Tuerijama
FORMER Brave Warriors footballer, and arguably one of Namibia’s most prominent international exports, Collin Benjamin, has been invited to give a motivational speech at this year’s Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Sport Awards billed for 27 October, 2018, at The Dome in Swakopmund.
Speaking on the honour bestowed on him by the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Benjamin told Confidente recently that he was going to focus on his eventful football career, highlighting the challenges he faced as well as his successes. Recently appointed to the Brave Warriors’ technical committee, Benjamin said the best way to get the message across to the Namibian sports stars was to frankly talk about what he went through, and what he had to sacrifice to make his career a success. “I have been caught up with the Brave Warriors’ qualifying campaign and as you know we
engaged Mozambique the past few days. I will only concentrate on the motivational speech after Mozambique qualifying Match,” he said. The retired midfielder played football for German outfit TSV 1860 Munchen. He represented Namibia at the 2008 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament, earned 32 caps and captained the national soccer side for several
years. Benjamin was known for his speed and was mainly used for wing play as a defender. Critics have in the past taken issue with the organisers of the sport awards, questioning the logic of inviting foreign sport personalities to give motivational talks instead of retired Namibian
athletes who prevailed in their respective careers. Late last month, the panel of judges announced the names of nominees for the glitzy event, while working up curiosity about who will walk away with the two major awards. Both Jonas Junias Jonas and Helalia Johannes scooped gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, early this year, and are seen as the top contenders for the awards. Jonas is up against Likius Nande and Tristan de Lange for the Sportsman of the Year title, while Johannes will square up against Magreth Mengo and Natasha Rottcher for the Sportswoman award. Disability sport sensation Ananias Shikongo will again go toe-to-toe with compatriot Johannes Nambala for the NamPower Sportsman of the Year award, while Lahya Ishitile, Silvia Shivolo and Johanna Benson will vie for the NamPower Sportswoman of the Year award. Standard Bank Namibia will sponsor the Sport Development Programme award, with the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Galz and Goals, Kids on the Bike, and the Rugby Development Programme, all in the running for the award. Namdia will sponsor the Coach of the Year award, with Tobias Nashilongo, Barbara Fernandez and Robert Kaxuxuena eyeing the coveted award, while sport scribes Sheefeni Nicodemus, Limba Mupetami and Hesron Kapanga are all in contention for Sportswriter of the Year. Sport Officer in the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, Bethold Karumendu, will be up against Patrick Esterhuizen and Djamel Meziane for the Referee/Umpire of the Year award. Junior MTC Sportsman award nominees are Lance Potgieter, Adriaan Grobler and Alexander Miller, while the MTC Junior Sportswoman of the Year category will see Carane van Zyl, Kiana Cormack and Quinn Redding lock horns for the treasured award.
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