Razzie is not giving up on life

15 June 2021 | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

WINDHOEK

One of Namibia’s adored football talents, Razundara ‘Razzie’ Tjikuzu, refuses to give up on his passion and has now embarked on a journey to help the youth.

One of his biggest wishes is to help footballers make wise decisions on and off the pitch - something he had to learn the hard way.

The former Brave Warriors, Werder Bremen and Hansa Rostock midfielder says he is willing to help any club with coaching and mentoring of players.

Tjikuzu, who is currently unemployed, is adamant that he can transfer his skills and what he learned during his playing career in Europe to the youth.

“It has always been my dream to continue with football even after I am done with playing and that is why it will be awesome if someone or a football club accords me the opportunity to mentor their players.

“The truth is that I love football with all my heart and I just refuse to sit and do nothing while I still have the ability to teach and help out upcoming players,” Tjikuzu said.

The former Brave Warriors player believes that he can mentor players off the pitch too.

The player, who admits to having made many mistakes in his past, hopes to help youngsters to make wiser decisions.

“As a person who lived in Europe and who has seen the best and the worst behaviour of footballers, it will also be important if I can just educate the players and make sure that they do the correct things in live.

“It frustrates me when I am seated here with so many ideas and I am not able to share them with others.

“It is for these reasons I am making myself available to any football club or even the Namibia Football Association (NFA) if they need my services,” Tjikuzu said.

Tjikuzu joined the SV Werder Bremen Academy in 1995 at the age of 14 and rose through the ranks to play first-team football in the Bundesliga in 1999 at the age of 19.

The Namibian made 86 senior appearances for his boyhood club before moving to Hansa Rostock, Hamburger SV and MSV Duisburg.

Tjikuzu then moved to Turkey where he had stints with Turkish Super League side Çaykur Rizespor.

He also had spells with Istanbul BB, Trabzonspor, Diyarbakirspor and Kasimpasa S.K before returning to Namibia.

Life after football has not been easy for Tjikuzu, who hopes that the football association can come up with a programme to help former footballers.

“It would be great if the association could think of us and help many of the players who are sitting without jobs to be in the setup or at least have a programme which can make sure they remain relevant.”

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