Former Warriors pay tribute to Seth Boois
Football icon remembered
22 September 2020 | Sports
Danzyl Bruwer; Former national goalkeeper; “It was an honour for me to play under him…”
Former Namibian national goalkeeper Danzyl Bruwer paid tribute to the former Brave Warriors coach and NFA technical director Seth Boois (60), who passed away recently.
Bruwer said that he had played the best match of his career under the leadership of Boois.
Bruwer was rewarded the man of the match accolade for his performance in a 1998 COSAFA (Council of Southern African Football Associations) Castle Cup match in Lusaka against Zambia.
“That was my second game for Namibia and he was the coach. The game ended in a 1-1 stalemate. I have fond memories of him,” said Bruwer.
He narrated that Namibia was under a lot of pressure during that particular match.
“Zambia scored early on in the match, but Brave Warriors midfielder Congo Hindjou equalized for Namibia. We had no other option but to defend like our lives depended on it, with the Zambian forwards piling on an immense amount of pressure on our goal.”
Bruwer recalled a moment deep in the second half where he had caught a ball and while playing with it in his hands, the late Boois called him through all the noise.
“He spoke to me in Damara without me having a clue what he was saying. I just signalled that I understood and that I have everything under control,” the former goal minder reminisced.
Bruwer said that Boois contributed immensely to Namibian football.
“He was an extremely knowledgeable person who knew Namibian football well. It was an honour for me to play under him. I will never be able to thank him enough for trusting me between the sticks for the country in the matches that I played with him as coach.”
The former goalkeeper hailed Boois as a disciplined and straightforward person and coach from whom he learnt a lot.
Former Brave Warriors captain Sandro de Gouveia said that although he was never coached by Boois, he played for Blue Waters against the team he was coaching at that time, which was Orlando Pirates.
“I remember him as a gentleman and a humble person. Even though I was an opponent in another team, I remember him encouraging and complimenting me. His advice and encouragement meant a lot to me in my soccer career. In particular he was fond of my long passes, especially the 45 degree pass behind the defence, which he said was quite unique and caused his team problems.”
Boois trained in Brazil and Germany as a coach and took charge of the Brave Warriors between 1998 and 1999. He coached the squad for seven matches. Namibia recorded three victories, three losses and a draw under his mentorship. He also coached the national u/23 team for 11 matches.