HISTORY will always be remembered by Berlin ‘Pancho’ Augumeb as the man who scored Namibia’s last goal against South Africans Bafana Bafana at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek in 1998.
The game was played in the regional Cosafa Cup, with Augumeb as the second substitute with the two level 2 countries, before pouncing on a pass inside the South African penalty area to fend off a striker from the right foot in front of a bewildered Brian. Baloyi in the 100th minute of the game to secure a sensational 3-2 victory for the Brave Warriors.
Born near Khorixas in the Kunene region, Augumeb grew up in Tsumeb and completed his school career there.
“Although coming from a big football family, I was a very slow developer who couldn’t even play for the school’s third team. I was really not into football. . . I was more into dancing.
“It was when I moved to Otjiwarongo that my interest in football was sparked and I decided to join the local team, BMC FC, in 1992. I even surprised myself when I finished top scorer in the preseason tournament we participated in, ”said Augumeb.
The son of famous Chief Santos striker, Sackarias ‘Selle’ Augumeb, has become one of the most talented and feared strikers in the country, which also justified a call-up for the national team.
“I got a job at Walvis Bay the same day I was called up to the national team for the second time, and unfortunately I couldn’t make it to training camp in Germany in 1996 – which I regret still today.
“What really saddened me was the fact that I quit my job after only five months because of back pain,” he says.
Augumeb spent four years with the crack team at Kuisebmund Blue Waters, winning the 1999 version of the NFA Cup, but not before he first shone in the colors of his childhood team, Chief Santos, with who he had known the glory of the CNFA Cup in 1997.
There have also been trial periods with the South African pro team Jomo Cosmos between Blue Waters and Chief Santos, and Augumeb says he regrets choosing a Namibia loan instead of going Black. Leopards, who was playing in the first division at the time.
“I can, however, say that I played alongside the legendary Ephraim ‘Jomo’ Sono, even though it was just an exhibition match between Jomo Cosmos and South African football giants Orlando Pirates in Soweto, Johannesburg. . Jomo (Sono) is someone I idolize a lot.
“I also took part in another high octane friendly in 2000 when I played against former Kaizer Chiefs Marks ‘Pro’ poacher Maponyane, whose style of play I liked as well, because he was a striker who constantly threatened goalkeepers, ”he said. said.
Augumeb, who hung up his boots in 2008 on his second stint with Santos, considers the 1-0 NFA Cup win over the Tigers to be his most memorable game in a Santos shirt, as he provided the assist hence Mohammed ‘Slice’ Ouseb scored the only goal of the match.
“Some people say I was tough, and others claim I was very aggressive on the football field. However, I remember one player who wouldn’t back down from a tackle. like someone who has kept the defenders busy, ”he says.
The prolific goalscorer returned to Santos in 2003 from Walvis Bay and began as a financial planner in the Insurance Department of the First National Bank.
He currently lives in Otjiwarongo and his goal is to start his own business.
“While I’m tempted to do this, unfortunately I can’t yet reveal the nature of the business, but it will certainly involve finances, as that’s what I’m comfortable with.
“I’m really excited to start my own business, and with God by my side I’m sure I’m going to get off to a good start,” he says.
Augumeb says some policies implemented by governments around the world, including ours, are hampering economies.
“The coronavirus is not only a challenge for the Namibian economy, but has posed challenges even for some of the largest economies. But with God by my side, I have confidence that my business will prosper, ”he says.
Augumeb has six children, the eldest daughter of which is named Burkina Faso, as she was born while her father was in national service with the Brave Warriors during the 98 African Champions Cup in that country.
“My family gives me hope every day of my life. The love and unity of my family is so strong right now that no evil force or evil spirit in this world could break this formidable bond, ”he said.
His advice to young aspiring players is to embrace and value their talent.
“If someone reaches the level where they are considered talented, let them be humble and not proud. If I get rich, I have to be humble and not proud of my wealth, ”he says.