Calls to rename UNAM Stadium after late Jeffery
Sports icon passes on
23 June 2021 | Sports
Woody Jacobs; Former UNAM FC head coach; “This is due to the amount of work he put in and that is how great he was.
Former UNAM FC head coach Woody Jacobs says it would be fitting for the UNAM Stadium in Pioneers Park in the capital to be renamed after the late long-serving sports administrator Werner Jeffery.
According to Jacobs, who coached UNAM FC from 2019 to 2020, renaming the stadium after Jeffery would be the best way to honour him because he did so much in terms of administration and youth development in sports for the country. “This is due to the amount of work that he put in and that is how great he was. The people who rubbed shoulders with him, can also attest to this,” he said.
Jacobs said that he met Jeffery in 1995 as they played cricket together at the then Windhoek College of Education. “Later on, when I went to study at the same Windhoek College of Education, he was my lecturer. We ran the sports programme together there,” said Jacobs.
According to him, Jeffrey’s passing is a great loss to Namibian sports. “Everyone knew that he was instrumental in UNAM buying the Ramblers franchise in 2010.
“During UNAM FC’s first year in the Namibia Premier League, he was a constant presence around the team and ensured that the team had camps and so on. He scaled down in due course to focus more on the administration of rugby. The revolution that UNAM rugby went through to win all those league titles was thanks to him,” he said.
Jacobs, a former assistant coach of the Brave Warriors, said that he last spoke to Jeffery last week, when the latter informed him he was Covid-19 positive. “We will miss him dearly, but we will hold on to the memories as well as the legacy that he left and try to emulate that.”
Former UNAM and Namibian u/21 (2014-2016) netball player, Amelia Fischer, said that Jeffery played an instrumental role in her netball career. “He created so many opportunities for us to exhibit the talent that we had in terms of TISAN [Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia] and all sporting events that took place on campus. Exposure-wise he played a big role.
“It [his death] was a harsh blow not only in terms of sports but on a personal level as well. He was like a father to us,” Fischer said, who is currently a teacher in Walvis Bay.
Werner Jeffery died on 12 June, aged 65.