TO say that retired Courageous Warriors captain Petrus Orlando Haraseb was a born chief is attested to the truth that the previous NamPol, Pubs, Orlando Pirates, Liverpool, Chief Santos and Younger Ones defence stalwart, captained all of the groups he performed for.
Born at a small settlement referred to as Klein-Naoas, close to Dordabis within the Windhoek district, the previous no-nonsense defender resettled along with his dad and mom to Erwee, within the Kunene area, the place he began his schooling journey at Anker Major college from Sub A to 4 (now Grade 1 to 4).
He accomplished Commonplace 5 (Grade 7) at Fransfontein Major Faculty in 1987 earlier than he went to Uis the next 12 months the place he began Commonplace 6 (Grade 8) till matric.
It was solely throughout his years at Uis that Haraseb began enjoying soccer, first with Orlando Pirates (a hostel crew) and Russups in Windhoek earlier than he was recruited by former Pubs hotshot Lamola Gaeseb to hitch the Outjo-based outfit.
“I used to be surrounded by excellent footballers like Sebbo Afrikaaner, Mike Claasen and Hoeseb each at Swapol and Pubs. We’re coming a really great distance from our faculty years. We had a wonderful understanding on the soccer pitch.
“I used to be solely 18 years outdated, after I sneaked out in a field from the varsity hostel by Katutura giants Orlando Pirates to go play for them in a league encounter in opposition to Chelsea FC at Grootfontein in 1986. It was additionally the place I scored my first premier league aim,” he says.
The towering defender, who loved immense success ever since he began enjoying prime flight soccer in 1983, additionally stays the longest serving captain of the Namibian senior nationwide crew earlier than he retired in 2000.
A product of Petrus Ganeb Excessive Faculty at Uis, Haraseb made his instruction to organised soccer with Outjo-based Pubs FC as a 17-year-old in 1983, earlier than he joined the then South West Africa Police Pressure in 1989 after which he began to play for the police crew.
“We had been registered as Swapol FC within the Crow’s Inn League of the Central Namibia Soccer Affiliation. We took that league by full storm by successful it in two consecutive seasons and we scored targets as in the event that they had been within the style.
“I used to be enjoying upfront in a twin placing partnership with Ewald ‘The Horrible Hoeseb, who later went on to make a reputation for himself with Orlando Pirates and the Courageous Warriors. We scored 86 targets within the first season and 89 within the second season,” explains Haraseb.
The retired star was not solely a footballer however he was additionally a star athlete at college who excelled within the 200m, 400m, 1 500m and the javelin. The truth is, the 48 seconds report he set within the 400m in 1984 within the former Damaraland, remains to be standing.
Haraseb considers the 2-0 and 3-1 defeats they handed Orlando Pirates and Black Africa respectively, in the identical weekend with Nampol (previously Swapol) after they joined the Namibia Premier League after independence in 1990, as his most memorable league matches.
He says that he desires to be remembered as a sturdy and difficult, however extremely disciplined participant.
If Haraseb was a prolific striker he even turned probably the most dependable defenders and a really precious participant of the Courageous Warriors ever since he was transformed by ex-national crew coach Rusten Mogane right into a defender.
It occurred throughout a pleasant match between a makeshift Central Invitational XI in opposition to the Zamibian Below-20 nationwide crew on the outdated Katutura Stadium in 1990.
“Coach (Rusten) Mogane satisfied me that from what he noticed throughout my time when he coached me at Russups that I might turn into a really helpful defender. He gave me the no2 jersey in the course of the match in opposition to the Zambian juniors and informed me to play proper again.
“I should have impressed him as a result of I completed the match in that place as we ran out 2-1 winners. I simply performed as a defender as I went on to play as a sweeper for the remainder of my enjoying profession and my kind additionally noticed me being elected captain of the Courageous Warriors,” he notes.
He was enjoying for NamPol when he was snatched by the late Dios Engelbrecht to hitch the Katutura Sea Robbers the place he performed for fairly some time earlier than Okahandja-based outfit Liverpool purchased him to hitch their new undertaking.
Haraseb received two Jap Tournaments with Pirates whereas he received the BP Prime Eight and a Metropolitan Cup with Liverpool earlier than he moved on to Chief Santos at Tsumeb the place he received two NFA Cups and one Metropolitan Cup as effectively.
His time at Younger Ones in 2000 was highlighted by a runners-up end for the league title and a semifinal defeat to Life Fighters within the NFA Cup on penalties at Tsumeb.
Haraseb began off as vice-captain of the Courageous Warriors beneath Sandro ‘Jingles’ de Gouveia earlier than he lastly took the reins from the previous Blue Waters star midfielder, after impressing in opposition to Niger whereas additionally scoring his first aim for Namibia in Niamey.
He went on to signify the nation’s Class of 98 in all of the World Cup and African Cup of Nations Cup qualifiers, together with the Cosafa Cup matches. The towering defender additionally skippered the nation on the 98 Afcon finals in Burkina Faso.
A proud father of 16 kids (12 ladies and 4 boys), Haraseb is presently having fun with his love life with the love of his life and girlfriend from his college years.
Haraseb began to work as a tour information for Hobatere Lodge, within the Kunene, after he retired from soccer in 2000 earlier than he joined Final Safaris (who later modified their title to Sandy Acher) from the center of 2004.
It was whereas he labored at Sandy Acher when he obtained the silver award at Wanderlust World Information Awards, throughout a glittering awards ceremony on the World Heritage Corridor in 2017.
“Now that was the turning level in my profession as a tour information. I imply topping over 18 000 guides from all around the world isn’t any imply feat for a younger man from a tiny African nation, Namibia. It actually was a really nice shock for me.
“I made a decision that I had extra in me than simply guiding excursions for vacationers and I realised that I had gained lots of expertise to begin my very own enterprise Orlando Safaris in 2018. All was going effectively till the scourge of the lethal Covid-19 virus additionally hit our shores,” he factors out.
The retired footballer is presently the vice chairman of the Academy of Tourism and Hospitality the place he’s additionally mentor, assessor, moderator and coach.
He’s additionally a mentor, assessor, moderator and auditor on the Namibian Coaching Authority and he additionally trains at Gondwana Assortment, Namibia Wildlife Resorts and Wilderness Safaris.
He explains that Orlando Safaris was going effectively and he actually labored very laborious to turn into probably the most sought-after guides in Namibia which additionally popularised his firm.
“Nonetheless,” he explains. “The scourge of the coronavirus and the restrictive measurements that include it threaten to wipe out the tourism trade however due to God issues are beginning to choose up slowly as a result of many economies all over the world have opened up.”
Haraseb has since gone again to his dwelling village of Erwee the place his girlfriend, who additionally has 17 years of expertise within the tourism trade, is supervising a crop (corn, lucerne and tomatoes), pigs and hen farm.
The couple even have each day wants groceries retailers at Erwee and outdoors Khorixas, respectively.
Haraseb reveals that regardless of his very busy schedule he makes time to be a great father for his kids by continually protecting in contact with all his kids through cellphone and he makes it his enterprise to name them and want them effectively on their birthdays.
They might not all the time be collectively however they strengthen their relations by way of reunions on the farm, particularly in the course of the Christmas season.
His daughter Cadisha Hambira adopted in her father’s footsteps and he or she is now working for Gondwana Collections and a proud proprietor of a grasp’s diploma in tourism journey administration.
She was additionally a final 5 finalist within the 2017 Miss Namibia magnificence pageant.
His son Rian ‘Giggs’ Goagoseb, used to play for Orlando Pirates however he’s now into tourism as effectively.
Haraseb mentions his elder brother Charles Seraun, who was a champion triple jumper throughout his youthful days and his child brother Jackie Seraun, who additionally performed for the police crew, as the 2 individuals with the most important affect on his soccer profession, whereas he considers the late former Black Africa tough ahead, Fortunate ‘Bazooka’ Richter, as his hardest opponent.
Outfitted with a A Stage teaching licence, Haraseb sponsors enjoying tools that he will get by way of his connections within the tourism trade, from English Premier League membership Norwich Metropolis to a crew at Erwee and one other crew from Gobabis, David Canaries.
And as an honour to his legacy Orlando Haraseb Sports activities Area, which consists of a soccer discipline and a netball court docket at Erwee, is known as after him.
Haraseb, who nonetheless desires that he’s enjoying soccer, attributes laborious work, health and the clear life that he lived of no alcohol and drug abuse, as contributing elements for his consistency.
He has represented Namibia in opposition to international locations like Botswana, Cameroon, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Niger, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
He considers the match in opposition to the Harambee Stars of Kenya in Nairobi, throughout which he scored his first aim for the nationwide crew, as his finest in a Courageous Warriors shirt.
He admits that he’s undoubtedly residing his dream for the time being, including that there are massive issues to come back, saying that he would make a really massive announcement quickly.
He advises the younger gamers of right now to abstain from drug and alcohol abuse and to be sure that their our bodies are effectively rested and able to do battle on the pitch.
“Attempt to prepare by yourself and excellent your sport. Work in your strengths and make them depend for you and your crew. At all times put within the additional effort by staying tremendous match. Be disciplined, devoted and decided. There may be some huge cash within the sport right now, it’s up for grabs,” he says.