Black December!

The incidents have captured the imagination of a beautiful Cristmas closure, as Blue Waters’ defender Bullet Gaingob battles for his life in a Windhoek hospital.

Gaingob collided with three other players in a tussle for the ball during the all-giants semi-final clash with Civics, last week. National team physician, Donatha Gawanab who was off-duty at the Independence Stadium, rushed into the pitch to revive Gaingob who lay unconscious for almost ten minutes.

According to sources at the Medi-Clinic where he is undergoing operations, Gaingob fractured his skull and spine in the collision and “had some blood trickling into his brains.” Club owner, Hendrik Dawids expressed his fears that the player might not be able to play soccer again, although the national was still waiting for results from the doctors.

As the fears for Gaingob’s life gripped the stadium after he was stretchered into the ambulance, another Blue Waters player, Gertzen Ndjiharine also suffered a concussion in the second half and had to be hospitalised. Ndjiharine was discharged from the hospital, 48 hours later and is said to have recovered. Blue Waters lost the match 2-0.

Coach Shepherd Murape said it had been his wish to meet his countrymen, African Stars’ Zimbabwean born coach Gilbert Rwazoka in the final but “after the incident of Bullet in the first half, everyone was still shocked and up to now, no one understands what has happened to us.”

Civics was yesterday scheduled to lock horns with African Stars in the FNB Cup finals, to mark the end of the country’s 2006 soccer calendar.

December’s trauma and tragedy worsened last Monday when talented Davin sisters died in a motor car accident.

Janine and Suzelle Davin exceptional sports stars in hockey and tennis were on their way to the beach coastal resort of Swakopmund when they collided with a Toyota Corolla outside Langstrand.

Janine (19),who died on the scene was a member of the senior national team that won a bronze medal at the 2005 African Cup of Nations, while Suzelle represented the country at the Tennis Federations Cup tournament in Turkey. She was ranked third in Africa in the Under 18 category.

She was also the first Namibian female to qualify for the Junior Wimbledon where she fell out in the second round of the singles competition. The 18 year-old was also nominated the country’s Female Junior Sports Star of the Year, this October.

Meanwhile, the sour elements that tainted December were not expected to dissolve the appetite ahead of the FNB Cup final between Civics and African Stars, yesterday.

The FNB Cup is the country’s second rich tournament sponsored to the tune of R500 000, where the winner walks away R175 000 richer. Stars coach Gilbert Rwazoka told The Southern Times that his players are hungrier than the favourites, Civics.

“Since I took over the club last year, we have managed to rich the finals of the FNB Cup twice and last year we only lost to penalties against Blue Waters which is also a big team like Civics. I believe this time my lads are more prepared and hungry to go for the Christmas break with something to cheer about,” he said.

The Namibian premiership is just four games old and already Civics has showed some determination to achieve. They lie on position three, one point behind leaders, Ramblers, and German coach, Helmuth Scharnowski says, being in the final is a bonus for the club’s intention to make an impression in the African Champions League.

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