20 Apr 2017 16:00pm
KAMUSERANDU, THE BALL BOY WHO ROSE TO TOP SCORER
By Paulus Shiku
(NAMPA FEATURES SERVICE)
SWAKOPMUND, 20 APR (NAMPA) It all started for Michael Kamuserandu when he was seven years old, collecting balls at the African Lion Football Club (FC) games in Otjiwarongo.
In 2014, he started playing for the team.
His football career is now so promising that he is hoping to one day become an international star, representing Namibia and his home town of Otjiwarongo.
The 19-year-old Kamuserandu, the attacking midfielder for the Otjozondjupa under-20 team, was named top goal scorer of the 2017 Namibian Newspaper Cup tournament in Swakopmund over the Easter weekend.
He netted five goals to earn himself N.dollars 2 000 cash and a trophy.
The team captain was also named Man of the Match in the final game, where his team was crowned champion.
The newspaper cup achievement earned him an offer with his home town Premier League team, Mighty Gunners.
On top of this, he has a record of 30 goals at African Lion and seven goals at the regional team.
Nampa caught up with Kamuserandu after the tournament in Swakopmund to trace his footsteps and find out what his plans are for the future.
He was first named top scorer at a primary school tournament in 2012 with seven goals.
Three years later he dropped out of Grade 9 at Paresis Secondary School.
Kamuserandu was raised by his grandmother but when she passed away in 2014, he was taken in by African Lion Manager Sebedeus Guibeb.
He lost his mother in 2015 and does not have a close relationship with his father, who stays in Okakarara.
Now that he has someone taking care of him in Guibeb, Kamuserandu wants to complete his education.
I am willing to go back to school next year because it can help me live a better life, he said.
He has high hopes for his football career and wants to start a football academy to groom talented youngsters from Otjiwarongo.
That will open doors for aspiring footballers, especially those who come from the same background as I do.
He keeps fit by doing more than just formal training.
I run 10 kilometres every morning before I join my club team for training, he said.
Asked who he is inspired by, Kamuserandu said former African Lion player Alico Soroseb, who is now a referee.
He also looks up to Brave Warriors midfielder Wangu Gome, who plays for South Africas Bidvest Wits.
Guibeb described him as a dedicated player who is destined to go far.
He said he always advises the young man to stay away from alcohol and drugs if he wants to become a star player.
Guibeb wants Kamuserandu to go back to school and obtain a high qualification so he can have something to fall back on when his football career ends.
We all know football does not last a lifetime
Education is the only way.
He confirmed the offer from Mighty Gunners but said he cannot talk about the details of the contract before it is signed.
A proud Guibeb said his boy received many offers from clubs such as Life Fighters and African Stars, but turned them down and decided on Mighty Gunners because that was the best decision for him.
When he went to Swakopmund (for the Cup) I told him you will receive a lot of offers, but do not sign anything, refer them to us so that we can sit and talk.
His under-20 team coach, Frans Kandundu, describe him as a hardworking player and a good leader.
Kandundu said he has known Kamuserandu since he was in primary school and realised then already that he has a bright future ahead of him.
He needs to be with a team where he gets a chance to play and not warm the bench, he said.
Kandundus concern stems from the fact that Mighty Gunners already has established players and it could be tough to replace them.
Whatever the future brings, Kamuserandu is ready to face it head-on.
Now that he is headed for the Premier League, the young man plans to go even further and play for South African teams such as Golden Arrows and Bidvest Wits.
No doubt, his fans will be watching.