He arrived in the then South West Africa (SWA), now Namibia, way back in the 90’s as a casual visitor by invitation of an old buddy from his native Angola.
Today, former Blue Waters Football Club and South African Professional Soccer League outfit Hellenic lethal goal poacher, one Armando Pedro, has become a household name in domestic football.
The bow-legged naturalised Namibian would be best remembered for his prowess on the football pitches where he tormented robust defenders with brutal force and goal-scoring instincts during a successful career with coastal giants Blue Waters.
Just as late as last season, the likeable net-buster was at the helm of MTC Premiership campaigners Blue Waters, coaching the team in an interim capacity, with a certain measure of success despite limited resources.
Unlike many footballers falling by the wayside upon their retirement from competitive football, Pedro is the epitome of intangible assets derived from his involvement in the beautiful game.
And who says there is no life after football? The brother has taken the bull by the horns venturing into the previously unchartered territory of athletes becoming business conscious.
While many former footballers would embark on some nil-star shebeen or small-time kabashu to eke out a living after packing up their togs – Pedro certainly set tongues wagging when he launched his new clothing retail business right in the heart of Namibia’s largest harbour town, Walvis Bay, earlier this week.
The new shop, Q.U. A Fashions cc (shop 10) is located in 10th Road opposite the Protea Hotel and it’s open between 08h00 and 18h00 from Monday to Saturday.
“I’d been toying with this idea of opening a new clothing shop for quite sometime and thought this is now the appropriate time to realize the dream. The ultimate aim is to introduce a new brand of clothing, totally different from what is normally available in local markets,” says Pedro.
In his own words, his products are purchased from Dubai, Portugal, South Africa and Europe, providing stocks of top of the range clothing at affordable prizes.
“What makes our brand different is our flexibility and visibility, and apart from our normal working days Mondays to Saturdays our doors will be opened for business on the first and last Sunday of every month from 08h30 – 14h00.”
Pedro has also made a humble request to former and current footballers on their coastal errands to visit the shop and look out for the latest in-fashion attire.