Steven Damaseb: A name to remember

23 February 2021 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI

WINDHOEK

Namibia’s youthful midfielder Steven Damaseb won the man-of-the match accolade in Namibia’s last clash in Group B of the Africa Cup of Nations against Burkina Faso on Sunday evening.

Damaseb, who captains the Under-20 national team, said receiving the award was an honour.

“It was a tight match. We tried our best, but didn’t get the results we wanted. We really gave our all. Getting the award wasn’t easy. There were really many great players on the field of play. I’m fortunate to have gotten it. From here, I will just work hard,” he said.

Dreaming big

The 18-year-old Damaseb, who just recently finished grade 12 at Tutaleni High School, isn’t signed to any club. He said he doesn’t see himself signing for any club in the country as he is targeting a move to Europe – even though he hasn’t been approached by anyone yet.

Asked by Namibian Sun if he looked forward to a chance at the Brave Warriors, he said yes. “Representing my country is my priority,” he added.

The striker missed their opening encounter against Central African Republic due to medical reasons. Another Namibian player who will return home with a man-of-the-match prize is Prins Tjiueza, for the match against CAR.

How it unfolded

The Young Warriors of Namibia, who were making their maiden appearance at the continental showpiece, were beaten 1-0 by Burkina Faso. They suffered defeat at the hands of Tunisia in their second match and drew one-all against Central Africa Republic (CAR) in their first encounter.

With these results, the Namibians finished bottom of the group with three games.

Damaseb said that competing at the stage was worthwhile for them as it not only exposed them to how others play, but with each game they learned a thing or two.

All the players in the squad are amateurs and their only level of play is youth football.

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