FOOTBALL fans from across Namibia were left devastated by the news of the death of Erick Natangwe Alweendo one of the longest-serving captains of the Young Chiefs Football Club based in the Oshana Region.
Alweendo died in a fatal car accident on Friday morning between Tsumeb and Oshivelo.
He was described as a very disciplined and no-nonsense player as well as a very accommodating person.
The fatal crash occurred 30 kilometres out of Tsumeb on the way to Oshivelo on Friday morning.
The Chairman of Namibia Football Association (NFA) in the Oshana Region, Philip Dala, said that the regional football family has lost a true soccer star, who helped the Young Chief Football Club to be promoted in the NPL 2015-2016 season under his captaincy.
Dala stated that the late Alweendo was a disciplined player that had no time for nonsense.
“We are saddened by his early departure from this earth and we are in deep sorrow. You left us so early son but we give it all in the almighty hands, till we meet again El-Capitan,” he said.
Concurring with Dala, Regional Namibia Football Association (NFA) member and Coach of Africa Motto Alexander Itumba, said they have lost a great captain, a hardworking player, who will come hard at opponents but always come out clean.
Itumba noted that their journey together started when they played against each other before becoming members of the same team.
“I will remember Erick as my co-coach. When I’m on the touchline he always made sure he commanded the players on the pitch,” he said.
The late Alweendo not only played for the Young Chiefs Football Club but also joined Northern Coaches later.