Santos unfazed by league delay

MTC Premiership returnees and one of the country’s most decorated football clubs Chief Santos has put the disappointment of missing topflight football for a considerable number of years behind them, as the Copper Town lads set out on a new journey.

Newly elected chairman Richard Gamiseb has embarked on an aggressive campaign to rekindle the club’s ailing fortunes by undertaking a trip down across the Orange River to the Mother City of Cape Town recently. In an effort to revive the club’s playing philosophy of investing in youth development, Santos roped in various football experts, including former Lightbody’s Santos mentor Abubakar ‘Boebie’ Solomons.

Solomons was subsequently shipped to Namibia where he took local coaches through the ropes in the modern techniques of the game and also presented a seminar on football tactics and development. Solomons, an accredited football developer, presented a football seminar hosted by the club with the session open to all coaches and footballers from Tsumeb and its surrounding areas.

Upon their return to the country’s flagship league, the Copper Town lads set themselves various targets and objectives with the primary goal to avoid relegation. Off the field of play, Santos wants to use its Premier League status to work with and engage various stakeholders to develop sport within the local community of Nomtsoub.

“We realise the power of sport in breaching both economic and social barriers and obviously want to play our part in developing not only the game of football, but all major sports in Tsumeb. So, bringing Solomons was just the beginning of such initiatives in the pipeline, which we have committed ourselves to,” says Gamiseb.

The club has also undertaken to host regular football clinics to create football awareness, not only as a sport, but as a career while participating in and working with national and local government to tackle national issues, such as the alleviation of poverty, the fight against gender-based violence, the prevention of HIV and cancer awareness campaigns.

Meanwhile, the club signed an agreement with Cape Town outfit Milano United FC for a partnership in the area of player development.

Home grown winger Hennie Dawid, a former player with Santos has taken over the administrative duties of the Copper Town lads and many believe his magic touch will bring rainy days back to the green and orange outfit. Apart from being one the finest wingers of his generation, Dawid boasts an incredible football pedigree and is regarded by many as the man with “the Midas touch”.

Under his astute management his adopted club, Blue Waters, ruled local football when he brought in the experienced Zimbabwean mentor Sheperd Murape. The former Brave Warriors coach won the league title on his first attempt and also led the club to the qualifying rounds of the CFA Champions League. Dawid also tasted success during his short tenure at troubled Katutura outfit Orlando Pirates – winning the league title in his first season as chairman of the success-starved Buccaneers.

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