Rock solid defender on the move

Hot prospect

15 September 2021 | Sports

Lubeni Haukongo; “…the opportunity will boost my chances of being called up for the Brave Warriors.”

Swakopmund • Leena Ndakevondjo

Swakopmund-born and raised soccer player Lubeni Haukongo (20) is eager to contribute to the success of his new side Chippa United.

The defender signed with the Port Elizabeth-based outfit that competes in South African top flight football, last month.

“It’s an honour playing in the DSTV Premiership and the opportunity will boost my chances of being called up for the Brave Warriors. This won’t come easy though. I obviously have to put in the work and get match time,” he said.

Haukongo played for the u/17, u/20, and u/23 National sides. This gave him ample opportunities to showcase his talent and also gave him international exposure.

He was noticed by several scouts after putting up an outstanding performance during an u/19 match in Morocco in 2018.

Haukongo says he intends to work hard, add value and contribute to the success of his new club this season.

“Anything is possible if you believe. Success comes with a lot of hard work, dedication, discipline, and of course the choices one makes outside the football world,” he said.

The centre back who is equipped with the vision of an eagle, started his career playing on a sandy pitch for Desert United before joining Swakopmund Football Club (SFC).

SFC coach Gerald Güther described Haukongo is a quiet, kind-hearted person and a naturally talented player with a passion to learn.

“He is well equipped to succeed in South Africa.”

The defender will partner with fellow Namibian internationals Rian Hanamub (defender) and Lloyd Kazapua (goalkeeper).
The prospect of doing battle against Namibian international and Mamelodi Sundowns striker Peter Shalulile, excites the youthful player.

According to former Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Manetti, being a left-footed and tall player, makes Haukongo an extraordinary defender. “Players of his kind and stature are rare to find. I wish him all the best at Chippa United."

Haukongo also had stints with Walvis Bay-based outfits Eleven Arrows in the Namibia Premier League (NPL) and played for French side Lille LOSC B, for more than two years.

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