up close with multi-talented ‘Jingly’

up close with multi-talented ‘Jingly’

Born in Windhoek in 1993 to sports crazy parents, his family genes dictated that he would become an athlete of note one day.

As a young boy growing up in the dusty streets of the notorious Gemengde location, a sub-section of Namibia’s largest residential area Katutura, young Lorenzo Louis, aka Jingly, was just like all other young boys at the time, football crazy.
His uncle, Fighter Louis is generally regarded as the most accomplished athlete to have come out of the sports-mad Louis siblings while uncles Gerard, Andy, Ronnie (Kanalelo) and nephew Jerome “the Crocodile”, are also held in high esteem as great footballers.
His mother Claudia and aunt Greta were mean netballers turning out for boyhood team Black Africa during their heyday.
Jingly’s old man Barracks Danster and uncle Lucky “Bazooka” Richter were also lethal goal poachers, who cut their teeth in the country’s elite football league with Black Africa and Civics FC, respectively.
As if this is not enough, his grandfather Onesmus Mazumo Hukununa, used to be a slippery attacking midfielder with the now defunct Okahandja outfit Black Beauty Chiefs (BBC), the club his uncle Gerhard Louis also represented with distinction in later years.
Ironically, the strongly built young lad started out playing competitive rugby at school level while at the rugby-mad Pionierspark Primary School in Windhoek, a predominantly Afrikaans-speaking school where rugby enjoyed preference over other sporting disciplines.
Being a multi-talented athlete, Jingly found himself caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, as he was left to choose between chasing the oval ball or terrorising defenders in the beautiful game of football but the stocky athlete would have none of that.
Blessed with amazing pace, strength, courage, skill and vision second to none – the young lad was laterally born with a silver spoon in his mouth turning everything he touched into gold.
Not only was he a much sought-after gifted rugby player (fullback) and net-buster of note (football) – young Jingly also excelled on the athletics track, showing his competitors a clean pair of heels in the shorter sprints 100m, 200m and 400m while at primary school.
“To be quite honest, I was not really much interested in athletics. I only got involved for the sake of fun while at primary school because my focus was on rugby and although I played street football with my boyhood buddies in the neighbourhood, rugby always enjoyed privilege ahead of football because of the structures at all the schools I’ve attended during my formative years,” recalls Jingly.
His exploits on the rugby field did not escape the eye of national selectors and the fast-galloping fullback was duly rewarded with a place in the National Under-16 rugby team for the annual Provincial Grant Khomo Youth Cup in George, South Africa.
In the meantime, he joined the popular Khomasdal-based Kaizen Football Academy (KFA) under the stewardship of wily mentor James Britz.
The same year, the multi-talented athlete represented his native land on the rugby field. Jingly was also called up for the national Under-17 football team in the Copa Coca Cola Youth Tournament for schools in Pretoria, South Africa, in 2010.
Although he went on to represent both Academia High School and HTS on the rugby field – Jingly never played competitive football at school level.
However, he rose to prominence when he joined forces with Ramblers FC in the MTC Premiership in the 2013/2014 league campaign.
Jingly was part of the Ramblers squad whose franchise was shockingly sold to the University of Namibia (Unam) at the beginning of the 2014/2015 season. The bearded forward has been a regular starter for the students ever since he made his Premiership debut in 2013.
Now, the question on many lips is; will this be the year for the young multi-talented athlete to come of age? New Era Sports has it on good authority the speedy forward is currently training with boyhood team Black Africa in the hope of landing a contract.Lorenzo-Louis

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