‘Miracle’ gives Ouseb second chance
Posted: 12 February 2009 Time: 13:32
With Moroka Swallows having left the door open for him, Namibian legend Mohammed ‘Slice’ Ouseb spent two seasons at the Dube Birds waiting to see if a recurring knee injury would heal so that he could play again.
But it didn’t, and towards the end of last year Ouseb, voted 1998/99 KICK OFF Footballer of the Year while at Kaizer Chiefs, decided it was time to return home. That was in October.
Around Christmas, a ‘miracle’ happened ... the injury disappeared and he began to pick up the pieces of a career that was shattered three years previously when the nightmare first took place.
Ouseb began playing again and linked up with Namibian top League club Orlando Pirates, who are based in the capital, Windhoek.
He has played two games, scoring on debut for his new club, with whom he has a contract running up to the end of the season in May. Apart from that, he has been called up to a training camp for the country’s national team.
“I am trying to get back, though I am still dusting off the psychological effects of my long stay out of the game,” Ouseb tells KickOff.com.
“I am gradually getting to feel good again about myself on the pitch. I mean in football if you have the talent and the will to play, you can do the job and fitness will always be something that you will catch up on as time goes on. In the two games I have played I was used in central defence and played the whole game.
“The season is still 12 games away from ending and I'm aiming at playing all those games. Since our League started off late we are only finishing off the first round matches this weekend after which we will go into the second round of matches.
“I am enjoying my time here in Windhoek after moving away from home town in Tsumeb,” says Ouseb, who turns 35 in June.
Ouseb brushes as speculation that he is ready to return to South Africa to play in the First Division as mere talk.
“There was talk of me going back but that is as far as it went. I didn’t want to promise anything to anyone who showed interest as I am not yet 100 percent recovered.
“All I want to concentrate on at the moment is playing and making sure that I am completely recovered by testing myself against local opposition. I have been here since October last year and will continue here till the end of the season after which I will see what happens.
“I still consider myself a player capable of playing professional football again as long as this injury completely goes away,” says the celebrated Namibian, who also had a stint in Norway.