Glory days return for Liverpool fans

For Namibians who dearly love drinking locally brewed beer and celebrating in large numbers, a Liverpool victory would have perfectly suited the occasion.

29 June 2020 | Sports

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

WINDHOEK



Winning the premier league after 30 years is one of the most amazing feats for a football team, but as proud as they are, Namibian Liverpool fans feel weird about the circumstances marring the recent triumph.

The English club clinched the title last Thursday evening following Manchester City's 3-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea.

This meant City would not be able to reach 86 points, even if Liverpool loses all seven of its remaining matches.

The streets of Merseyside were packed with celebrating fans, but in Namibia, the coronavirus pandemic forced Liverpool loyals to revel in the comfort, and safety, of their homes.



Disappointing

Sports scribe and lifetime Liverpool fan Carlos Kambaekwa admitted that he felt sad and weird, despite his club being crowned champions.

“It is a great feeling, but a bit disappointing to be crowned champions of England without even kicking a ball.

“Nonetheless, it's a well-deserved record-breaking victory... wrapping up the title race with seven matches to spare is great,” he said.

Usually, such an occasion would have seen parades and “party after party” for a club that has waited so long for its glory, but with the national state of emergency, large gatherings of people are still restricted.

For this reason, 35-year-old Liverpool fan Tim Matheus has not been feeling as happy as he thought he would be.



Rude awakening

“To be honest with you, I would have loved to invite all my fellow Liverpool supporters to a big braai at the weekend, but that could not happen because of this coronavirus.

“At the beginning of the year when it became clear that we were going to be champions, I imagined that I would be a very happy man.

“I suddenly, however, got a rude awakening of what the coronavirus pandemic has really done to our lives. It is sad, man,” he remarked.

Dream come true

At the age of 78, Steyn Jacobs has seen Liverpool's glory days in the 70s and 80s, but had to wait for another 30 years after 1990 to see his club win the league.

For Jacobs, celebrating in large numbers does not matter, as one of his final wishes while still alive has been fulfilled. “I can die now because so much weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

“These 30 years felt like waiting for a child to be born and, yes, the team I support brought that great feeling back. I am a happy man and I can die now,” he said.

Former Namibia Premier League coach Bertus Bock was a proud man.

“I am proud that my club won the league, even if we did not celebrate it the way we wanted.

“For me, breaking records is more important and I can say that I am glad our 30-year wait is finally over,” he said.

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