From rags to riches …Sadney Uri-Khob the epitome of a wise head

From rags to riches …Sadney Uri-Khob the epitome of a wise head

Carlos Kambaekwa

From the humble beginnings in the dusty streets of the notorious Damara location holed up in central Katutura, Namibia’s largest residential area, Namibian export footballer Sadney Uri-Khob, is man on a serious mission.

Unlike many of his peers who have found themselves struggling to keep hunger at bay whilst battling to keep the repo man at arms-length upon retiring from the game of football just because of making wrong choices – Uri-Khob, is a shining example of sound financial management.

Growing up under unbearable conditions sometimes not even knowing where his next meal was going to come from has taught the speedy winger tough lessons in life.

“I grew up in severe poverty coming from a poor family and knew exactly where I was heading to by making the right choices from an early age. I’ve made a decision to make a living out of football and so far I don’t regret it because football has been looking well after me.

Unlike many young footballers who engage in buying luxuries with their hard earned bonuses from football – Uri-Khob extended his grandmother’s match box house in Katutura constructing two outside bedrooms in the backyard.
The sole breadwinner in the family, Uri-Khob, has been a pillar of strength supporting his people financially and putting his nephews and cousins through school.

“He is a very kind and generous boy, he always goes out of his way to assists needy family members whenever he can and even now as we talk now he has taken it upon himself to settle our huge outstanding municipality water bill,” relates one of the family members.

“At the moment, I’m not thinking about investing my money into businesses since such ventures could become risky and distractive while it could also make me lose focus on my football career. So far, I’ve done few long-term investments with Old Mutual and will probably only venture into business upon retirement”.

Uri-Khob is the proud owner of a modern GTI Volkswagen Golf – the third of his purchased fleet set of wheels.
The much traveled Uri-Khob 24, started playing competitive football with boyhood team Orlando Pirates and also had stints with Ramblers, Tigers and Civics before he signed his first ever professional contract with South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) Amazulu in 2004.

Sadly, his arrival at the Kwazulu/Natal outfit was marred by an assortment of niggling career threatening injuries that sidelined him for seven (7) months after he featured in three official matches only.

Upon his recovery, the team was relegated and Uri-Khob was amongst those deemed surplus for requirement as the club embarked on a new drive to make a quick return to that country’s elite league.

Uri-Khob made his senior national debut for the Brave Warriors against Malawi coming on a late substitute in the 4-0 hammering against the Flames in an international friendly at Windhoek’s Independence stadium in 2011.

His full debut came against the very same opponents in Lilongwe when the diminutive winger netted the only goal (1-0) in a match that marked Malawi’s Independence anniversary celebrations in 2011.

He went onto collect 26 caps fro his native land scoring seven goals and was part of the victorious Brave Warriors side that won the regional COSAFA Cup in 2015.

Uri-Khob has found a new home in Thailand where he plays for Super Power formerly known as Osotspa where he signed from fellow Premiership campaigners Saraburi FC.

“I played seven games scoring four goals for Saraburi before I sustained a career threaten fractured knee cap but with the grace of god, I managed to weather the storm and healed sufficiently.

Uri-Khob featured in twenty of his club’s league matches this season before the Xmas break scoring ten goals, complimented by sis assists while his astonishing goal scoring spree was voted best goal of the week on no lesser than three occasions.

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