Dream Team: Ouseb's best Chiefs XI


At the beginning of the 1998/99 season, Kaizer Chiefs went out to neighbouring Namibia and recruited two players Mohammed Ouseb and Robert Nauseb as they sought to bring joy to the AmaKhosi faithful.

Chiefs had only won the Rothmans Cup on penalties following a replay against Mamelodi Sundowns, who had more crucially pipped them to the Castle Premiership by five points.

That was to be the second of three seasons in a row that AmaKhosi finished second with The Brazilians champions in two of those campaigns.

It also happened that early 1998, Bafana Bafana had arrived in Windhoek for what was expected to be a routine COSAFA Castle date with Namibia brimming with confidence as they set pace for the AFCON finals in Burkina Faso along with the FIFA World Cup later on in the year.

Both Phil Masinga and a young Benni McCarthy were in the team.

However, at the end of that Saturday afternoon Jomo Sono’s team had come stuck suffocated 3-2 after extra time by The Brave Warriors in front of a partisan crowd in what remains what of the classical matches to have ever been played in this regional tournament.

One of the stand-out players from that match was Ouseb, whose composure in dealing with Phil Masinga and a young Benni McCarthy couldn’t be ignored.

Nicknamed ‘Slice’, he would eventually move to Chiefs where he walked straight into the team. Before three years clocked of his time at Naturena having started 85 games and scored four, he had packed his bags for Norwegian club SFK Lyn.

This week, he made his selection of his Dream Team of Kaizer Chiefs players featuring the likes of Brian Baloyi, Neil Tovey, Doctor Khumalo, Siyabonga Nomvee and Jabu Mahlangu (formerly Pule).

A star-studded bench also features Itumeleng Khune, Thabo Mooki, John Moshoeu, Scara Ngobese, Collins Mbesuma, Knowledge Musona, Jacob Tshisevhe, David Kannemeyer, Fabian Mccarthy and Linda Buthelezi.

Ouseb was the 1998/99 KICK OFF Footballer of the Season. 

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